Joseph DeCarolis

Associate Professor

  • 919-515-0480
  • Mann Hall 319D

Dr. DeCarolis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. His research program is focused on addressing energy and environmental challenges at the intersection of engineering, economics, and public policy. His primary focus is the development and application of energy system models to analyze how energy technology and public policy can shape a sustainable future. With regard to energy modeling, he is particularly interested in the development and utilization of open source software to maximize model transparency as well as the use of high performance computing to conduct rigorous uncertainty analysis. Dr. DeCarolis is currently working on other research topics, including the economics of marine energy technologies, the integration of building energy simulation into the architectural design process, and solid waste management in a carbon constrained world. He teaches Introduction to Sustainable Infrastructure (CE250), Energy and Climate (CE478/578), Energy Modeling (CE796), and Life Cycle Assessment (CE796).


Ph.D. 2004

Engineering and Public Policy

Carnegie Mellon University

B.S. 2000

Physics and Environmental Science and Policy

Clark University

Research Description

DeCarolis is interested in the interdisciplinary assessment of energy technology and policy aimed at affecting deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. His primary focus is on the development and application of energy system models to derive policy-relevant insight that is robust to future uncertainty.

Honors and Awards

  • NSF CAREER Award, 2010
  • ASEE Southeastern Section, Outstanding New Teacher Award, 2011
  • ALCOA Research Achievement Award, 2016
  • University Faculty Scholar, 2018


Building conflict uncertainty into electricity planning: A South Sudan case study
Patankar, N., Queiroz, A. R., DeCarolis, J. F., Bazilian, M. D., & Chattopadhyay, D. (2019), ENERGY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, 49, 53–64.
Environmental and economic impacts of solar-powered integrated greenhouses
Hollingsworth, J. A., Ravishankar, E., O'Connor, B., Johnson, J. X., & DeCarolis, J. F. (2019), JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY.
Evaluation of optimal model parameters for prediction of methane generation from selected US landfills
Sun, W., Wang, X., DeCarolis, J. F., & Barlaz, M. A. (2019), WASTE MANAGEMENT, 91, 120–127.
Metamodels to assess the thermal performance of naturally ventilated, low-cost houses in Brazil
Rossi, M. M., Oliveira Favretto, A. P., Grassi, C., DeCarolis, J., Cho, S., Hill, D., … Ranjithan, R. (2019), ENERGY AND BUILDINGS, 204.
Repurposing an energy system optimization model for seasonal power generation planning
Queiroz, A. R., Mulcahy, D., Sankarasubramanian, A., Deane, J. P., Mahinthakumar, G., Lu, N., & DeCarolis, J. F. (2019), ENERGY, 181, 1321–1330.
Solid Waste Management Policy Implications on Waste Process Choices and Systemwide Cost and Greenhouse Gas Performance
Jaunich, M. K., Levis, J. W., DeCarolis, J. F., Barlaz, M. A., & Ranjithan, S. R. (2019), ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 53(4), 1766–1775.
US Energy-Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Absence of Federal Climate Policy
Eshraghi, H., Queiroz, A. R., & DeCarolis, J. F. (2018), ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 52(17), 9595–9604.
Cost-benefit assessment challenges for a smart distribution system: A case study
Sun, L. S., Thomas, J., Singh, S., Li, D. X., Baran, M., Lubkeman, D., … Watts, S. (2017), In 2017 ieee power & energy society general meeting.
Evaluating the US Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization amidst early century uncertainty
Galik, C. S., DeCarolis, J. F., & Fell, H. (2017), Climate Policy, 17(8), 1046–1056.
Evaluation of externality costs in life-cycle optimization of municipal solid waste management systems
Martinez-Sanchez, V., Levis, J. W., Darrigaard, A., DeCarolis, J. F., Barlaz, M. A., & Astrup, T. F. (2017), Environmental Science & Technology, 51(6), 3119–3127.

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