John M. DeCicco, Ph.D., is a research professor emeritus retired from the University of Michigan. His work addresses energy and environmental challenges through an interdisciplinary approach anchored in physical science while drawing insights from economics, other social sciences and public policy.
He remains active in research on transportation energy use and climate mitigation topics, including vehicle efficiency, petroleum use, biofuels, electrification, consumer issues and the role of atmospheric carbon removal in offsetting the CO2 from fuel combustion. His past studies were influential in the development of automotive fuel economy and GHG emissions standards. A recent focus has been methodological problems related to biofuels and atmospheric CO2 levels. He and also teaches the “Mobility and the Environment” module as part of the University of Michigan's Foundations of Mobility online course.
Prior to his academic career, he worked on energy and environmental policy at nonprofit organizations including the Environmental Defense Fund and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. He has testified many times before Congress and has more than 200 published papers, articles, reports and formal public policy submissions to his credit. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Princeton University, where he conducted his research at the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies.