Professor Ahmed Abdulla joined the CU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering faculty on July 1, 2020. Prof. Abdulla investigates energy system design for deep decarbonization—focusing on the role of disruptive energy technologies that sit at a low level of technical readiness, including energy storage systems, advanced nuclear power, and negative emissions technologies. Prof. Abdulla employs process modeling, systems engineering, engineering economics, and quantitative risk and decision analysis in his research. He also pays special attention to integrating insights from public policy and behavioural science in his models in order to optimize the design and deployment of truly sustainable technologies—ones that are both techno-economically viable and socio-politically acceptable.
Prof. Abdulla co-leads the APEX research group at Carleton. APEX—Alternative Pathways for the Energy Transition—comprises a group of highly interdisciplinary engineers devoted to accelerating the transition to a deeply decarbonized energy system in Canada and across the world in order to avert the worst consequences of climate change.
Dr. Abdulla’s work has been supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation, among others. Results from his research have been published in leading journals, including Nature Climate Change, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society; Environmental Science and Technology; Risk Analysis; and Environmental Research Letters. They have also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News, and National Public Radio. Prior to Carleton, Dr. Abdulla was Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.