John DeCicco is a research professor at the University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI) where his work examines transportation energy use and its associated climate mitigation challenges. His research addresses vehicle-fuel systems, petroleum demand, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and transportation energy policy as well as broader issues related to national energy and climate strategies. Short summaries of his recent work can be found on the Cars and Climate blog.
Prof. DeCicco’s past studies of vehicle efficiency were instrumental in establishing the technical basis for updates to automobile fuel economy and GHG emissions standards. He pioneered consumer-oriented green car ratings in the United States by developing original evaluation methodologies, serving as the first author of ACEEE’s Green Book (first published in 1998 and now online at GreenerCars.org). Current areas of focus include fuel-related CO2 emissions, particularly the methodological challenges that surround policies for liquid transportation fuels including biofuels, and the role of automated mobility systems in addressing the sector’s energy challenges. Prof. DeCicco sits on the management committee of the university’s Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) and also directs the University of Michigan Energy Survey.
Prof. DeCicco has served as a lecturer and clinical professor of natural resources and environment at U-M. Previously, he was senior fellow for automotive strategies at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), 2001-2009) and transportation director for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), 1990-2000). He has three books and over 150 published papers, reports, and formal public comments to his credit, and holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Princeton University (1988).