Biography

Dr. Bielicki (Google Scholar | ResearchGate | ORCID | ResearcherID) runs the Energy Sustainability Research Laboratory where he and his students research issues in which energy and environmental systems and policy interact, specifically on topics related to carbon management, renewable energy, and the energy-water nexus.  He is an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University where he holds a joint appointment in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering and in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Dr. Bielicki is also on the faculty of the Environmental Science Graduate Program and has a courtesy appointment in the City and Regional Planning section of the Knowlton School of Architecture. Dr. Bielicki holds a Ph.D. (Harvard University), an M.P.A. (Harvard University), an M.B.A. (University of Chicago), and a B.S. (Valparaiso University).  Prior to returning to graduate school, Dr. Bielicki was a mechanical engineer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, where he primarily worked on devices and infrastructure that produce antiprotons. His academic and research appointments have included being a Visiting Professor at ETH-Zurich, a Research Associate at the University of Minnesota, a Weinberg Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a Fellow at the Baker Center for Public Policy (University of Tennessee), and a Research Fellow with the Energy Technology Innovation Policy group at Harvard University.

In Dr. Bielicki’s present research, one line of inquiry combines carbon management and renewable energy, where he investigates the use of CO2 as a heat extraction and an energy storage medium in porous and permeable sedimentary basins and the implications in the broader energy system, including changes in CO2 emissions, water requirements, and transmission investment. In addition to this utilization of CO2, his research also seeks to improve the efficacy of geologic CO2 storage through brine production and alternative storage resources and mechanisms. In another line of inquiry that combines renewable energy and the energy-water nexus, Dr. Bielicki investigates how changes in environmental and economic conditions could affect energy and water systems, particularly with respect to weather, climate, and land use.

Dr. Bielicki collaborates with researchers in academia and U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories in numerous disciplines that span physical, natural, and social sciences, including, but not limited to, environmental and chemical and mechanical engineers, hydrologists and hydrogeologists, earth scientists, environmental and natural resource economists, sociologists, anthropologists, and lawyers.  Dr. Bielicki is a member of a number of professional and honorary organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Economic Society, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi.  A blackbelt in taekwondo, in his free time Dr. Bielicki likes to run, practice yoga and improvisational comedy, and teach himself how to play acoustic guitar.

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