Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
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123 Hosler Building, University Park, PA

Prof. Webster is an Associate Professor of Energy Engineering, with a focus on uncertainty in energy and environmental systems. Prof. Webster specializes in risk analysis, uncertainty analysis, and decision-making under uncertainty. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in energy and environmental science, engineering, economics, and policy, and has served on several national and international panels, including the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. Prior to joining Penn State, Prof. Webster was Assistant and Associate Professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2006-2013) and Assistant Professor of public policy in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2001-2006). He received a Ph.D. (2000) in Engineering Systems and a M.S. (1996) in Technology and Policy from MIT, and a B.S.E. (1988) in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

PSIEE Research Theme: 
Smart Energy Systems
Research Summary: 
Specializing in risk analysis, uncertainty analysis, and decision-making under uncertainty, Dr. Webster’s current research projects include stochastic dynamic modeling of the electric power system focusing on the integration of intermittent renewable generation, modeling technological change as a stochastic process and implications for near-term R&D portfolios, and flexible air quality strategies under uncertainty using integrated economic/energy/chemistry regional models.