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 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering (CE373), Energy and Climate (CE478/578), Energy Modeling (CE796), and Life Cycle Assessment (CE796). In addition, Dr. DeCarolis delivers guest lectures on energy and environmental issues in other academic programs, including Environmental Sciences (Climate Change and Sustainability: ES200; Energy and Environment: ES300) and Electrical and Computer Engineering (Electric Power Generation: ECE452/552). He is also the coordinator for the Environmental, Water Resources, and Coastal Engineering (EWC) group.
Engineering and Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University
Physics and Environmental Science and Policy
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
- ALCOA Research Achievement Award, 2016
- ASEE Southeastern Section, Outstanding New Teacher Award, 2011
- NSF CAREER Award, 2010
- 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.
- The Importance of open data and software: is energy research lagging behind?
- Pfenninger, S., DeCarolis, J., Hirth, L., Quoilin, S., & Staffell, I. (2017), Energy Policy, 101, 211-215.
- Characterization of municipal solid waste collection operations
- Jaunich, M. K., Levis, J. W., DeCarolis, J. F., Gaston, E. V., Barlaz, M. A., Bartelt-Hunt, S. L., Jones, E. G., Hauser, L., & Jaikumar, R. (2016), Resources Conservation and Recycling, 114, 92-102.
- Systematic evaluation of industrial, commercial, and institutional food waste management strategies in the United States
- Hodge, K. L., Levis, J. W., DeCarolis, J. F., & Barlaz, M. A. (2016), Environmental Science & Technology, 50(16), 8444-8452.
- Modelling to generate alternatives with an energy system optimization model
- DeCarolis, J. F., Babaee, S., Li, B., & Kanungo, S. (2016), Environmental Modelling Review & Software: With Environmental Data News, 79, 300-310.
- An enhanced linear regression-based building energy model (LRBEM plus ) for early design
- Al Gharably, M., DeCarolis, J. F., & Ranjithan, S. R. (2016), Journal of Building Performance Simulation, 9(2), 115-133.
- A techno-economic assessment of offshore wind coupled to offshore compressed air energy storage
- Li, B. H., & DeCarolis, J. F. (2015), Applied Energy, 155, 315-322.
- Characterization of uncertainty in estimation of methane collection from select US landfills
- Wang, X. M., Nagpure, A. S., DeCarolis, J. F., & Barlaz, M. A. (2015), Environmental Science & Technology, 49(3), 1545-1551.
- Analysis of material recovery facilities for use in life-cycle assessment
- Pressley, P. N., Levis, J. W., Damgaard, A., Barlaz, M. A., & DeCarolis, J. F. (2015), Waste Management (New York, N.Y.), 35, 307-317.
- Municipal solid waste conversion to transportation fuels: a life-cycle estimation of global warming potential and energy consumption
- Pressley, P. N., Aziz, T. N., DeCarolis, J. F., Barlaz, M. A., He, F., Li, F. X., & Damgaard, A. (2014), Journal of Cleaner Production, 70, 145-153.
- Refinement of the FREEDM Center Cost-Benefit Model
- NCSU Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Systems Center (FREEDM)(9/01/16 - 8/31/17)
- INFEWS/T3: Solar-Powered Integrated Greenhouse (SPRING) Systems Using Wavelength Selective Photovoltaics for Complete Solar Utilization
- National Science Foundation (NSF)(1/01/17 - 12/31/20)
- Salinity Gradient Energy â€“ An Inexhaustible Clean Energy Resource for North Carolina
- UNC - General Administration(7/01/15 - 6/30/18)
- Maximizing Energy for Waste While Minimizing Life-Cycle Environmental Burdens and Cost
- US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(12/09/14 - 9/30/16)
- Solid Waste Management Planning for Wake County in Consideration of Cost, Energy and Environmental Emissions
- Wake County(7/01/14 - 6/30/17)
- Cybersees: Type II: Cyber-Enabled Water and Energy Systems Sustainability Utilizing Climate Information
- National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/01/14 - 8/31/18)
- SAVI: International Institute for Solid Waste Management Life-Cycle Modeling
- National Science Foundation (NSF)(8/15/14 - 7/31/17)
- Utilizing Municipal Solid Waste as a Biofuel Feedstock
- Biofuels Center of North Carolina(7/01/11 - 4/30/13)
- CAREER: Modeling for Insights with an Open Source Energy Economy Optimization Model
- National Science Foundation (NSF)(1/15/11 - 12/31/16)
- Modernizing Models and Data on Methane Production from Landfills
- Environmental Research & Education Foundation(8/02/10 - 7/31/13)