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Jeff Bielicki

Associate Professor

Dr. Jeffrey Bielicki 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 associate 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. 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. Bielicki holds a doctorate and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University, a Master of Business Administation from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science from Valparaiso University. Prior to returning to graduate school, 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 Bielicki’s present research, one line of inquiry combines carbon management and renewable energy, where he investigates the use of carbon dioxide to produce and to store renewable energy, and the implications in the broader energy and environmental systems. In another line of inquiry that combines renewable energy and the energy-water nexus, Bielicki investigates how changes in environmental and economic conditions could affect energy and water systems, particularly with respect to weather, climate and land use.

Bielicki collaborates with researchers in academia and U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories in numerous disciplines that span physical, natural and social sciences. 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 black belt in tae kwon do, in his free time Bielicki likes to run, practice yoga and improvisational comedy, and teach himself how to play acoustic guitar.

Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Environmental Policy and Management
August 07, 2019
This article explores the effects of city managers' career paths on the diffusion of climate policy innovation among municipal governments in the United States.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Achievement on Ohio’s Third-Grade English Language Arts Assessment
COVID-19
January 27, 2021
This report draws on data from the fall administration of Ohio’s annual Third-Grade English Language Arts assessment to examine how the COVID pandemic has affected student learning in the state.
Whatever it Takes: Sexual Harassment in the Context of Resource Dependence
Social Policy
March 09, 2021
Research suggests powerful resource dependencies are present in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Glenn College Releases Review of Columbus Response to 2020 Protests
Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Volunteerism
April 26, 2021
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
Resilience Decision Making in Repeated Disasters
Public Finance and Budgeting
June 07, 2021
The research, published in Environment Systems and Decisions Journal, examines resilience decision making in the context of repeated catastrophic events.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Active Case Finding for SARS-CoV-2 Using Bandit Algorithms
COVID-19
June 14, 2021
Using bandit algorithms, the authors of a paper in Medical Decision Making present and test an approach for finding otherwise undetected cases of COVID-19 before they lead to a widespread outbreak.
Not All High-Growth Firms Are Alike: Capturing and Tagging Ohio’s Gazelles
Economics
June 29, 2021
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning in Ohio
COVID-19
August 27, 2021
Analysis of Spring 2021 Ohio State Tests
Informational Determinants of Large-area Hurricane Evacuations
Environmental Policy and Management
August 30, 2021
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.