I have a PhD in Energy, Resource, and Environmental Economics from Purdue University as well as master's degrees in both Economics and Civil Engineering. I am currently a James S. McDonnell Postdoctoral Fellow in Studying Complex Systems at Stanford University. My research interests revolve around modeling of energy, electricity, and transportation infrastructure systems and span several methodological domains. These interests include:
My postdoctoral fellowship proposal is titled: "Interdependencies in Infrastructure and Economic Systems." The core idea is three-fold:
1. Different infrastructure are interdependent on one another. Public transportation and traffic signals require electricity. Gasoline stations require electricity to pump gas to the stations to power personal vehicles. Fuels also must be transported to power stations (either by road, rail, or pipeline). In developing countries, the linkages can be obvious (e.g. power load shedding, fuel shortages). In the developed world, the linkages are less obvious, but are brought to light by disasters, as in the Northeast Blackout of 2003. Formal methods for characterizing these linkages can improve both infrastructure planning and protection.
2. Economic systems require infrastructure systems to deliver goods and service whether by road, rail, power lines, pipelines, or internet; these systems are crucially linked. Therefore, many questions regarding infrastructure and economics must be addressed jointly.
3. These interdependencies will only increase as new innovations, such as electric vehicles and distributed generation, straddle multiple sectors. New tools will be needed to mitigate the accompanying challenges and identify new opportunities.
With my background in systems engineering and doctorate in applied economics, I will be working to develop formal methods applied to practical questions over the next few years. The James S. McDonnell Fellowship allows great flexibility, and I invite discussion and collaboration on this important topic with open arms.
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All the best,
Jeffrey C. Peters
James S. McDonnell Postdoctoral Fellow in Studying Complex Systems
Department of Management Science & Engineering