Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering & Public Policy
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office: SH 322
Katie S. Whitefoot is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a member of the NextManufacturing Center for additive manufacturing research and a Faculty Affiliate at the Carnegie Mellon Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. Prior to her current position, she served as a Senior Program Officer and the Robert A. Pritzker fellow at the National Academy of Engineering where she directed the Academy’s Manufacturing, Design, and Innovation program.
Professor Whitefoot’s research bridges engineering design theory and analysis with that of economics to inform the design and manufacture of products and processes for improved adoption in the marketplace. Her research interests include sustainable transportation and manufacturing systems, the influence of innovation and technology policies on engineering design and production, product lifecycle systems optimization, and automation with human-machine teaming.
Professor Whitefoot has gained recognition nationally and internationally for her research and teaching. Her work is featured in the Washington Post, Popular Mechanics, Bloomberg Business, and Business Insider, and referenced in the 2017-2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy rulemaking. She has worked with several companies, including Boeing, Cummins, Ford, and IBM, and has been invited to present briefings at the White House, Capitol Hill, the Department of Commerce, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Save gas; restrain the American driver's id, Boston Globe
Car makers get their wish on fuel-efficiency standards, Wall Street Journal
Vehicle fuel economy standards—under fire? Union of Concerned Scientists blog
Six common misconceptions about CAFE policy, Automotive News
Fuel economy standards cheaper, more beneficial than previously believed, New Kerala (India)
Fuel regulations: lower costs, higher benefits, Department of Mechanical Engineering
B.S. Mechanical Engineering 2006, University of Michigan
M.S. Mechanical Engineering 2008, University of Michigan
Ph.D. Design Science (Mechanical Engineering and Economics) 2011, University of Michigan
- Whitefoot, K. S., M. L. Fowlie, and S. J. Skerlos. Compliance by Design: Influence of Acceleration Tradeoffs on CO2 Emissions and Costs of Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Regulations. Environmental Science & Technology. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b03743.
- Supporting information for Compliance by Design: Influence of Acceleration Tradeoffs on CO2 Emissions and Costs of Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Regulations.
This document is the unedited Author’s version of a Submitted Work that was subsequently accepted for publication in Environmental Science & Technology, copyright © American Chemical Society after peer review. To access the final edited and published work see http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1021/acs.est.7b03743.
- Donofrio, N. M. and K. S. Whitefoot (Eds.). (2015). Making Value for America: Embracing the Future of Manufacturing, Technology, and Work. National Academies Press.
- Morrow, W. R., J. Mineroff, and K. S. Whitefoot (2014). Numerically Stable Design Optimization With Price Competition. Journal of Mechanical Design,136(8), 081002.
- Whitefoot, K. S. and S. J. Skerlos. (2012). Design incentives to increase vehicle size created from the US footprint-based fuel economy standards. Energy Policy, 41, 402-411.
- Whitefoot, K. S., H. G. Grimes‐Casey, C. E. Girata, W. R. Morrow, J. J. Winebrake, G. A. Keoleian, and S. J. Skerlos. (2011). Consequential life cycle assessment with market‐driven design. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 15(5), 726-742.
- Frischknecht, B. D., Whitefoot, K. S., and P. Y. Papalambros, (2010). On the suitability of econometric demand models in design for market systems. Journal of Mechanical Design, 132(12), 121007.
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