Jay Apt is Executive Director of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and the CMU Department of Engineering and Public Policy, where he is a Distinguished Service Professor. He received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1971 and a Ph.D. in experimental atomic physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976. His research, teaching and consulting interests are in economics, engineering, and public policy aspects of the electricity industry, economics of technical innovation, management of technical enterprises, risk management in policy and technical decision framing, and engineering systems design.
Recent publication include, “Deregulation Has Not Lowered US Industrial Electricity Prices”, "Electric Gridlock: A National Solution", "Cascading Failures: Survival vs. Prevention", "Designing an Interdisciplinary Curriculum for the Changing Electric Power Industry", "Managing Soil Carbon”, and "Electrical Blackouts: A Systemic Problem." He has co-authored with Lester Lave op-ed pieces for the New York Times and the Washington Post. He received the Metcalf Lifetime Achievement Award for significant contributions to engineering in 2002 and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Distinguished Service Medal in 1997.