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Postdoctoral Spotlight: Dr. Michael Waite

The Center on Global Energy Policy, in partnership with Professor Vijay Modi at Columbia’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, welcomed Dr. Michael Waite as the first CGEP Postdoctoral Fellow in July 2017. Dr. Waite’s research focused on technological, policy and market needs for large-scale renewable energy growth in India, as well as the development of integrated approaches to transition to a low-carbon energy regime within the U.S. context. His research methods include identifying technologies, analyzing systems from local to regional scales, and developing computational models to optimize large-scale renewable energy utilization.

Dr. Waite holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University. His dissertation research incorporated analyses of regional energy infrastructure serving a dense urban area with emphasis on opportunities and challenges for wind power, building systems and distributed generation. Prior to his doctoral work, he was a building technology design and consulting engineer, during which time he was a member of the international committee responsible for the most widely used building energy standard; he is a licensed Professional Engineer.