Civil & Environmental Engineering
Michaelangelo Tabone received his M.S. (‘12) and Ph.D. (’16) from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, and received a B.S. in chemical engineering and a B.A. in political science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. Michelangelo’s research focused on leveraging rapidly evolving data collection and processing techniques to promote sustainable energy systems. In addition to his academic experience, Tabone has worked with the consulting firm Energy and Environmental Economics, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Policy Analysis, the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
A large-scale change in energy systems is underway, from fossil to renewable energy sources, and from centralized to distributed energy resources. Michaelangelo’s research at Stanford focuses on creating data-driven tools for planning and managing these distributed energy resources (DERs). These tools offer researchers—and non-academic stakeholders—the ability to evaluate and optimize proposed public policies and business plans regarding DERs for their costs, their benefits to physical power systems, and their impact on the environment. More specifically, his research projects sit in three areas: (1) identifying the impact of distributed energy resources on criteria air pollutants that affect public health, (2) using utility smart meter data to better understand how consumers use energy, and how they respond to interventions, and (3) gaining visibility into distribution systems using only widely available data.