Joseph DeCarolis

Dr. DeCarolis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. His research program is focused on addressing energy and environmental challenges at the intersection of engineering, economics, and public policy. His primary focus is the development and application of energy system models to analyze how energy technology and public policy can shape a sustainable future. With regard to energy modeling, he is particularly interested in the development and utilization of open source software to maximize model transparency as well as the use of high performance computing to conduct rigorous uncertainty analysis. Dr. DeCarolis is currently working on other research topics, including the economics of marine energy technologies, the integration of building energy simulation into the architectural design process, and solid waste management in a carbon constrained world. He is a core contributor to the FREEDM Cost Benefit Analysis model.

He teaches Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering (CE373), Energy and Climate (CE478/578), Energy Modeling (CE796), and Life Cycle Assessment (CE796). In addition, Dr. DeCarolis delivers guest lectures on energy and environmental issues in other academic programs, including Environmental Sciences (Climate Change and Sustainability: ES200; Energy and Environment: ES300) and Electrical and Computer Engineering (Electric Power Generation: ECE452/552). He is also the coordinator for the Environmental, Water Resources, and Coastal Engineering (EWC) group.


Associate Professor



Type of DegreeDegree ProgramSchoolYear
PhDEngineering and Public PolicyCarnegie Mellon University2004
BachelorsPhysics and Environmental Science and PolicyClark University2000