PhD Student and Graduate Research Assistant
etraut [at] cmu [dot] edu
Research Group Affiliations
My primary areas of research include green design, engineering design, sustainability, and environmental policy. My current work examines tradeoffs between electrified vehicle design and deployment of charging infrastructure, including implications for social cost, greenhouse gas emissions, and fuel consumption of personal vehicles. Methods include life cycle cost and GHG emissions modeling of electrified vehicles and infrastructure for slow-charging, fast-charging, and battery swapping; developing scenarios of electrified vehicle penetration and charging availability; optimizing those scenarios with respect to electrified vehicle design parameters and charging infrastructure deployment; and examining the implications for policy and for engineering design and consumer adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and pure electric vehicles. My academic advisor is Professor Jeremy J. Michalek.