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Assistant Research Scientist, Center for Energy Research, University of California San Diego

Ahmed Abdulla is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Center for Energy Research at UC San Diego and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

Abdulla manages a diverse energy research portfolio with a focus on three analytical puzzles. First, he works to enhance models of the reliability and resiliency of critical, interdependent infrastructure. Second, he evaluates the likely cost and performance of emergent energy technologies once they are deployed in the real world where policy and regulation matter. Third, he develops new methods that can calibrate energy system models to better reflect the institutional limits to deploying low-carbon energy infrastructure.

Prior to joining UC San Diego, Abdulla conducted doctoral work on nuclear economics and nuclear security, investigating the economic and institutional challenges to deploying a new generation of small modular reactors around the world. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University.


  • –present
    Post-doctoral Fellow in Global Policy and Strategy, University of California San Diego