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Manager, Systems Assessments
Michael Wang is an Argonne National Laboratory Distinguished Fellow, Senior Scientist, and Director of the Systems Assessment Center of the Energy Systems division. He has been with Argonne since 1993. Dr. Wang’s research areas include:
- Evaluation of energy and environmental impacts of vehicle technologies, transportation fuels, and energy systems
- Assessment of the market potentials of new vehicle and fuel technologies
- Examination of transportation development trends in emerging economies
Michael Wang has led the development and applications of Argonne’s GREET (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Technologies) model for life-cycle analysis of advanced vehicle technologies, transportation fuels, and other energy systems. His work in the life-cycle analysis area has been used by government agencies and industries and cited extensively in research and academic fields. As of 2019, there are more than 40,000 registered GREET users worldwide. Dr. Wang has worked closely with governmental agencies, automotive companies, energy companies, universities, research institutions, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the United States, China, Brazil, Canada, Japan, and Europe to address energy and environmental issues related to the transportation sector and energy systems.
Jointly, Dr. Wang is a faculty associate in the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago and a senior fellow in the Northwestern Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering of Northwestern University. He is a guest professor in China’s Shanghai Jiaotong University. He is an associate editor of Biotechnology for Biofuels and on the editorial boards of Automotive Innovation, Frontiers of Energy and Power Engineering in China, and Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Changes. He has more than 270 publications.
Scott Paap is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff in the Systems Analysis group at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA. Scott has extensive experience in modeling and analysis of early-stage technologies based on cradle-to-grave economic and environmental metrics. He has led analyses of biofuels and hydrogen production processes, photovoltaic and solar thermal electricity generation technologies, and novel materials and processes for air separation, carbon capture, and water purification.
Prior to joining Sandia, Scott received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.