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Phone: 919-515-0480 Email: jdecarolis@ncsu.eduOffice: 319D Mann Hall  MapWebsite: www4.ncsu.edu/~jfdecaro/

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Joseph DeCarolis

Associate Professor

DeCarolis is interested in the interdisciplinary assessment of energy technology and policy aimed at effecting deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. His primary focus is on the development and application of energy system models to derive policy-relevant insight that is robust to future uncertainty.

  • Ph.D., Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • B.S., Physics and Environmental Science & Policy, Clark University

Dr. DeCarolis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. His research program is focused on addressing energy and environmental challenges at the intersection of engineering, economics, and public policy. His primary focus is the development and application of energy system models to analyze how energy technology and public policy can shape a sustainable future. With regard to energy modeling, he is particularly interested in the development and utilization of open source software to maximize model transparency as well as the use of high performance computing to conduct rigorous uncertainty analysis. Dr. DeCarolis is currently working on other research topics, including the economics of off-shore electricity storage, the integration of building energy simulation into the architectural design process, and solid waste management in a carbon constrained world.

He teaches Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering (CE373), Energy and Climate (CE497/596), and Energy Modeling (CE796). In addition, Dr. DeCarolis delivers guest lectures on energy and environmental issues in other academic programs, including Environmental Sciences (Climate Change and Sustainability: ES200; Energy and Environment: ES300) and Electrical and Computer Engineering (Electric Power Generation: ECE592). He is also the coordinator for the Water Resources, Coastal & Environmental Engineering seminar series.

Recent Research Projects for DeCarolis

  • Salinity Gradient Energy - An Inexhaustible Clean Energy Resource for North Carolina — 07/01/15 - 06/30/18 Details
  • Maximizing Energy for Waste While Minimizing Life-Cycle Environmental Burdens and Cost — 12/09/14 - 09/30/16 Details
  • Solid Waste Management Planning for Wake County in Consideration of Cost, Energy and Environmental Emissions — 07/01/14 - 06/30/17 Details
  • Cybersees: Type II: Cyber-Enabled Water and Energy Systems Sustainability Utilizing Climate Information — 09/01/14 - 08/31/18 Details
  • SAVI: International Institute for Solid Waste Management Life-Cycle Modeling — 08/15/14 - 07/31/17 Details
  • Levelized Cost Model for Gulf Stream Energy — 01/01/13 - 06/30/13 Details
  • Economic Characteristics of OCAES — 07/01/11 - 06/30/13 Details
  • Utilizing Municipal Solid Waste as a Biofuel Feedstock — 07/01/11 - 04/30/13 Details
  • CAREER: Modeling for Insights with an Open Source Energy Economy Optimization Model — 01/15/11 - 12/31/16 Details
  • Modernizing Models and Data on Methane Production from Landfills — 08/02/10 - 07/31/13 Details
  • Building Design Process Innovation for Enhancing Energy and Environmental Sustainability — 07/01/10 - 06/30/11 Details
  • The Environmental Sustainability of Integrated Solid Waste Management in a Carbon Constrained World — 08/15/10 - 07/31/15 Details
  • Integrated Solid Waste Management and Its Environmental Sustainability in a Carbon Constrained Environment — 01/01/10 - 12/31/14 Details
  • GRIDc II:Green Research for Incorporating Data in the Classroom Phase 2 — 09/15/09 - 08/31/12 Details
  • Multiple Tiered Methodology For Micro- to Macro-Scale Assessment of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (M4-PHEVs) — 10/01/09 - 09/30/15 Details
  • ERC for Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems — 09/01/08 - 08/31/19 Details

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Taught By DeCarolis

  • CE 478 - 001Fall '16 Energy and Climate
  • CE 578 - 601Fall '16 Energy and Climate

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