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Student Roundtable and Lunch with Dr. Destenie Nock

Past Event

November 15, 2023

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm est

This roundtable is open only to currently-enrolled Columbia University students. 

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia University’s School of International Public Affairs for a student-only lunch and roundtable discussion with Dr. Destenie Nock, visiting faculty member at CGEP and an assistant professor of engineering and public policy and civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. 

Dr. Nock will present her research on the multiple dimensions of energy poverty in the United States and discuss how energy poverty may look different depending on the climate zone and the utility region. She will also discuss her work to uncover hidden forms of energy poverty using smart meter data and demographic analysis and how energy transitions can be planned in a more equitable manner.

Lunch will be provided.


Dr. Destenie Nock is a leader in energy justice and sustainable energy transition trade-off analysis. In her role as an assistant professor in civil and Environmental engineering (CEE), and engineering and public policy (EPP), she creates optimization and decision analysis tools that evaluate the sustainability, equity, and reliability of power systems. Nock is the recipient of six National Science Foundation (NSF) grants on energy, resilience, and energy justice. She is also the CEO of People’s Energy Analytics, an energy justice-based start-up company. Nock holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she was an NSF graduate research fellow and an offshore wind energy fellow from the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT). She earned an MSc in leadership for sustainable development at Queen’s University of Belfast, and two BS degrees in electrical engineering and applied math at North Carolina A&T State University. She is the creator of the Black Electricity blog,  which posts articles about graduate and undergraduate advice, and research updates in energy and sustainability. 


Registration is required. This roundtable is open only to currently-enrolled Columbia University students. To register, you must sign in with your UNI. 

This event will be hosted in person and capacity is limited. We ask that you register only if you can attend this event in its entirety. 

For more information about the event, please contact [email protected].