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  Valerie Thomas
Anderson Interface Professor
Industrial and Systems Engineering
School of Public Policy
valerie.thomas@isye.gatech.edu

Ph.D., Cornell University, High Energy Physics, 1988
Joined faculty in 2005


Research areas/interests
Renewable Electricity, Bioenergy, Energy in developing countries


Honors  
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Fellow, American Physical Society
APS Congressional Science Fellow, 2004-2005


Current and recent projects  
Energy system implications of natural gas, electric vehicles, and renewable energy policies
Energy from biomass


Recent and selected publications  
Kerl, P., Zhang, W., Moreno-Cruz, J., Nenes, A., Realff, M. Russell, A., Sokol, J., Thomas, V. M. New Approach for Optimal Electricity Planning and Dispatching with Hourly Time-Scale Air Quality and Health Considerations. PNAS, online August 17, 2015. www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1413143112

Shayegh, S., Thomas, V. M. Adaptive Stochastic Integrated Assessment Modeling of Optimal Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions. Climatic Change 128 (1/2): 1-15, 2015.

Xu, L., Deng, S.-J., Thomas, V. M. Carbon emission permit price volatility reduction through financial options. Energy Economics, online July 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eneco.2014.06.001

Lively, R. P., Sharma, P., Luo, D., McCool, B. A., Beaudry-Losique, J., Thomas, V. M., Realff, M., Chance, R. R. Anthropogenic CO2 as a Feedstock for the Production of Algal-based Biofuels. Biofuels Bioproducts & Biorefining, online July 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bbb.1505

Luo, D., Realff, M. J., Thomas, V. M. Bioreactor-based Fuel Systems I: Optimal production capacity considering start-up dynamics. Computers and Chemical Engineering 71: 141-153, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compchemeng.2014.07.006

Levin, T. and Thomas, V. M. Utility-maximizing Financial Contracts for Distributed Rural Electrification. Energy 69: 613-621, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2014.03.057

Levin, T., Thomas, V. M. Modeling the Impact of Stochastic Outages for Electricity Infrastructure Development. Energy Systems 5(3): 519-550, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12667-013-0102-4

Okwo, A., Thomas, V. M. Biomass Feedstock Contracts: Role of Land Quality and Yield Variability in Near Term Feasibility. Energy Economics 42 (March): 67-80, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eneco.2013.11.004




Web sites
www.isye.gatech.edu/~vthomas