Jeremy J. Michalek is a professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering and Public Policy. He is the founding director of the Design Decisions Laboratory, founding co-director of the Vehicle Electrification Group, and an active member of the Green Design Institute and the Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making. His research focuses on vehicle electrification (including technology, life cycle assessment, consumer behavior, and public policy), as well as design decision-making (including systems optimization, techno-economic analysis, and green design.

Michalek earned his B.S. from Carnegie Mellon (1999), and his M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2005) from the University of Michigan in mechanical engineering. He worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan before beginning his current faculty position at CMU.

Michalek teaches courses in design, product development, economic analysis, entrepreneurship, and optimization. His research has appeared in outlets such as the New York Times, and he has co-authored and presented policy briefs on Capitol Hill. He has earned awards including the ASME Design Automation Committee’s Best Paper Award, the International Journal on Research in Marketing’s Best Article Award, the George Tallman Ladd Research Award for outstanding research and professional accomplishments, the ASME Design Automation Outstanding Young Investigator Award, and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He is involved in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), and the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

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Vehicle Electrification Group

Impacts of Ridesourcing Services

Methods for Life Cycle Analyses of Low-Carbon Transportation Fuels

Vehicle Electrification

Electric Vehicle Benefits & Costs in the U.S.

Electric Vehicle Adoption Potential in the U.S.


2005 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

2001 MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

1999 BS, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

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CMU Engineering

Shifting gears in the transition to electric vehicles

Electric vehicle emissions costs are anticpated to continue to decline through 2025, after which they will be affected by key factors such as the evolution of the power grid, battery technology, and public policy.

The Verge

Michalek discusses his research on EV adoption in rural communities

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek discusses his research on EV adoption in rural communities in The Verge. “If electric vehicles are offered as ubiquitously as gasoline vehicles, and if their technology goes where we think it’s going to go, then we would expect roughly half of people to prefer an electric over a gasoline for both cars and SUVs,” he says.


Michalek comments on Trump’s claims about the electric car industry

MechE/EPP’s Jeremy Michalek comments on Trump’s claims about the electric car industry in PolitiFact. Trump says that the car industry will be leaving the United States, but Michalek believes this assertion is “substanceless.”

The Atlantic

Michalek discusses America’s shift to electric vehicles

MechE/EPP’s Jeremy Michalek talks to The Atlantic about America’s shift to electric vehicles. “Jobs at gasoline engine manufacturing plants will shift to jobs at electric motor and battery plants,” he says.

The Sacramento Bee

Michalek provides insight on nuances of fast-charging EV batteries

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek explains the feasibility of fast-charging batteries for electric vehicles (EVs).


Michalek speaks on EV charger availability

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek commented on plans to increase the availability of electric vehicle (EV) chargers next year.

CMU Engineering

How sustainable is online grocery delivery?

Researchers investigated the impacts of online grocery delivery on energy use, emissions, and traffic congestion.

MIT Technology Review

Michalek quoted in MIT Technology Review

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek quoted in MIT Technology Review on battery-swapping programs for EVs.

CMU Engineering

Tech advances will drive the transition to electric vehicles

Researchers found that advances in EV technology will likely bring significant growth to the market, relative to gasoline powered automobiles.


Michalek quoted on electric vehicle tax credit

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek spoke to PolitiFact about a recently announced tax credit for electric vehicle purchases. Michalek says that conditions to receive the $7,500—including that the model must have been assembled in North America—are ways to promote greater EV production in the US and its trading partners.


Michalek quoted on electric vehicle charging needs

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek was quoted in PolitiFact about potential charging accommodations for when more electric vehicles are on the road in the United States. “We’re going to need a lot more high-speed chargers on highway corridors that are underutilized most of the year if we want to avoid long queues as people wait to charge on peak travel days,” Michalek said.

The Atlantic

Michalek talks reality of owning an electric vehicle with The Atlantic

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek talks to The Atlantic about the reality of owning an electric vehicle – the cost of vehicles with higher MPG, the scarcity of charging stations, and the status display associated with owning an EV.