Mort WebsterMort Webster
Associate Professor

103 A Hosler Bldg.
Phone:(814) 863-1640


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Research Areas:

Coal Science & Technology
Carbon Dioxide Capture, Conversion & Sequestration
Energy Economics
Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering
Stationary Power
Sustainable Energy
Initiative for Sustainable Electric Power Systems


Prof. Webster is an Associate Professor of Energy Engineering, with a focus on uncertainty in energy and environmental systems. Prof. Webster specializes in risk analysis, uncertainty analysis, and decision-making under uncertainty. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in energy and environmental science, engineering, economics, and policy, and has served on several national and international panels, including the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. Current research projects include stochastic dynamic modeling of the electric power system focusing on the integration of intermittent renewable generation (NSF), modeling technological change as a stochastic process and implications for near-term R&D portfolios (NSF, DOE), and flexible air quality strategies under uncertainty using integrated economic/energy/chemistry regional models (NSF, EPA). Prior to joining Penn State, Prof. Webster was Assistant and Associate Professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2006-2013) and Assistant Professor of public policy in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2001-2006). He received a Ph.D. (2000) in Engineering Systems and a M.S. (1996) in Technology and Policy from MIT, and a B.S.E. (1988) in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Education Background:

Ph.D. (Engineering Systems), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000
M.S. (Technology and Policy), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996
B.S.E. (Computer Science and Engineering), University of Pennsylvania, 1988

Research Interests:

• Stochastic Processes
• Stochastic Optimization and Dynamic Programming
• Electric Power Systems Planning and Operations
• Energy Systems Design under Uncertainty
• Environmental Regulatory Design

Memberships & Committees:

• Co-Director, Center for Sustainable Electric Power Systems, EMS Energy Institute, 2014-present.
• Committee Member, ICS Coordinating Committee, The Pennsylvania State U, 2014-present.
• Associate Editor, Energy Economics, 2005-2012
• U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board (nominated)
Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) • IEEE
• Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
• American Geophysical Union (AGU)
• Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) • Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)
• International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)

Honors & Awards:

• U.S. Department of Energy Early Career Award, January, 2010.

• Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Univ. of North Carolina, Feb. 2006.

• Most Outstanding Faculty Award, Public Policy Majors Union, May, 2003.

• Martin Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996-1997

• Monbusho Scholarship, Japanese Ministry of Education, April 1989 – October 1990


EBF 472: Probability and Statistics

EGEE 451: Energy Systems Analysis

EBF 483: Electricity Markets