Michael Davidson is a Ph.D. candidate in engineering systems at the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, a researcher with the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, and a member of the Tsinghua-MIT China Energy and Climate Project. Michael studies the engineering implications and institutional conflicts inherent in deploying renewable energy at scale, particularly in systems with emerging electricity markets. His dissertation project focuses in depth on integration challenges in China’s wind sector. Michael holds an S.M. in Technology and Policy from MIT, and was previously US-China Climate Policy Coordinator for the environmental non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). He is a former Fulbright Scholar, and has received fellowships from the MIT Energy Initiative and Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability. Michael holds a B.S. in mathematics and physics, and a B.A. in Japanese studies from Case Western Reserve University.



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