EPP Faculty :: Michael Griffin

Michael Griffin

Department of Engineering and Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Baker Hall 129D
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Email: wmichaelgriffin@cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-2299

Associate Research Professor, Engineering and Public Policy; Executive Director, Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making; Executive Director and Co-Director, Green Design Institute

Life cycle assessment, sustainability, energy and environmental policy, biotechnology and energy production

Education

  • Ph.D. Microbiology, 1980: University of Rhode Island
  • M.S. Biology, 1977: University of Dayton
  • B.S. Biology, 1975: University of Dayton

Positions Held

  • Associate Research Professor, Engineering and Public Policy and Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012-
  • Co-Director and Executive Director, Green Design Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2011-
  • Assistant Research Professor, Engineering and Public Policy and Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008-2012
  • Executive Director, Green Design Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2000-2011
  • Part-time Faculty, Environment Science and Management Program, Duquesne University, 1995-2002
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Mellon Hall Duquesne University, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, 1997-2001
  • President, GMS Technologies, Inc., Cranberry Township, 1994-2001
  • Vice President, Research & Development, Applied CarboChemicals, Inc., Pittsburgh, 1996-1999
  • Director, Research and Development Services, CHMR and Director, Bioremediation Product Evaluation Center (BPEC) NETAC, Pittsburgh, 1992-1994 (part-time Senior Scientist until Nov 1995)
  • Manager, Research and Development, Sybron Chemicals Inc., Salem VA, 1990-1992
  • Research Scientist, Biotechnology (and other positions), BP America Research and Development (previously Standard Oil of Ohio), Cleveland, Ohio, 1980-1990

Bio

Mike is a Co-Director and the Executive Director of the Green Design Institute and a research faculty member in Engineering & Public Policy and Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. The Green Design Institute is an interdisciplinary research center at Carnegie Mellon focused on identifying and assessing the environmental impacts of energy systems and helping businesses manage their use of resources and toxic materials. His current research and teaching interests include business sustainability, energy and environmental policy, and systems analysis of energy production.

 Selected Publications

  1. Venkatesh, Aranya, Paulina Jaramillo, W. Michael Griffin, and H. Scott Matthews, "Implications of near-term coal power plant retirement for SO2 and NOX, and life cycle GHG emissions", Environmental Science and Technology, DOI: 10.1021/es3023539, 2012.
  2. Venkatesh, Aranya, Paulina Jaramillo, W. Michael Griffin, and H. Scott Matthews, "Implications of changing natural gas prices in the United States electricity sector for SO2, NOX, and life cycle GHG emissions", Environmental Research Letters, Accepted, 2012.
  3. Kocoloski, Matthew, Kimberley A. Mullins, Aranya Venkatesh, and W. Michael Griffin, "Addressing Uncertainty in Life-Cycle Carbon Intensity in a National Low-Carbon Fuel Standard", Energy Policy, Accepted, 2012.
  4. Venkatesh, Aranya, Paulina Jaramillo, W. Michael Griffin, and H. Scott Matthews, "Uncertainty in Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions from United States Coal", Energy and Fuels, DOI: 10.1021/ef300693x, 2012.
  5. Schwietzke, Stefan, W. Michael Griffin, and H. Scott Matthews, "Relevance of emissions timing in biofuel greenhouse gases and climate impacts", Environmental Science and Technology, 45:8197–8203, 2011.
  6. Venkatesh, Aranya, Paulina Jaramillo, W. Michael Griffin, and H. Scott Matthews, "Uncertainty in Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions from United States Natural Gas End-Uses and its Effects on Policy", Environmental Science and Technology, 45:8182–8189, 2011.
  7. Nopmongcol, Uarporn, W. Michael Griffin, Greg Yarwood, Alan M. Dunker, Heather L. MacLean, Gerard Mansell, and John Grant, "Impact of Dedicated E85 Vehicle Use on Ozone and Particulate Matter in the U.S", Atmospheric Environment, 45(39):7330-7340, 2011.
  8. Jiang, Mohan, W. Michael Griffin, Chris Hendrickson, Paulina Jaramillo, Jeanne VanBriesen, and Aranya Venkatesh, "Life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of Marcellus shale gas", Environmental Research Letters, 6 (3) doi:10.1088/1748-9326/6/3/034014, 2011.
  9. Costello, Christine, W. Michael Griffin, H. Scott Matthews, and Christopher L. Weber, "Inventory Development and Input-Output Model of U.S. Land Use: Relating Land in Production to Consumption. Environmental Science and Technology", 43:7985–7991, 2011.
  10. Kocoloski, Matthew, W. Michael Griffin, and H. Scott Matthews, "Estimating National Cellulosic Ethanol Production from Forest Thinnings", Biomass and Bioenergy, 35:2133-2142, 2011.
  11. Hassan, Mohd Nor Azman, Paulina Jaramillo, and W. Michael Griffin, "Life Cycle GHG Emissions from Malaysian Oil Palm Bioenergy Development: The Impact on Transportation Sector’s Energy Security", Energy Policy, 39:2615-2625, 2011.
  12. Kocoloski, Matthew, W. Michael Griffin, and H. Scott Matthews, "Impacts of Facility Size and Location Decisions on Ethanol Production Cost", Energy Policy, 39:47-56, 2011.
  13. Mullins, Kimberley A., W. Michael Griffin, and H. Scott Matthews, "Policy Implications of Uncertainty in Modeled Life-Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Biofuels", Environmental Science and Technology, 45:132-138, 2011.
  14. Venkatesh, Aranya, Paulina Jaramillo, W. Michael Griffin, and H. Scott Matthews, "Uncertainty Analysis of Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Petroleum-Based Fuels and Impacts on Low Carbon Fuel Policies", Environmental Science and Technology, 45:125-131, 2011.

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