Michael Craig smiles and poses for a portrait.

Michael Craig

Assistant Professor


2769 IOE / 3010 Dana Building


Personal Pronouns



  • PhD, Carnegie Mellon University, Engineering and Public Policy
  • SM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Technology and Policy
  • BA, Washington University in St. Louis, Environmental Studies

Research Interests

Michael researches how to equitably reduce global and local environmental impacts of energy systems while making those systems robust to future climate change. His research advances energy system models to address new challenges driven by decarbonization, climate adaptation, and equity objectives. He then applies these models to real-world systems to generate decision-relevant insights that account for engineering, economic, climatic, and policy features. His current interdisciplinary collaborations include climate scientists, hydrologists, economists, urban planners, epidemiologists, and diverse engineers. Prior to his current position, he worked as a Research Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Professional Service

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  • Young Investigator Award, Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Energy Systems Division
  • Funding awards from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technology Office and Nuclear Energy University Program, U.S. National Science Foundation, Idaho National Laboratory, and University of Michigan’s Graham Institute for Sustainability
  • Program Faculty at the Institute of Public Utilities
  • Faculty Affiliate of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Certificate Program
  • Contributing Author to Chapter 10 of the IPCC’s 6th Annual Review
  • Steering Committee Member, University of Michigan College of Engineering Institute for Energy Solutions


  • Vanatta, M., M.T. Craig, B. Rathod, J. Florez, I. Bromley-Dulfano, and D. Smith. The costs of replacing coal plant jobs with local instead of distant wind and solar jobs across the United States. iScience.
  • Craig, M.T., J. Wohland, L.P. Stoop, A. Kies, B. Pickering, H.C. Bloomfield, J. Browell, M. de Felice, C.J. Dent, A. Deroubaix, F. Frischmuth, P.L.M. Gonzalez, A. Grochowicz, K. Gruber, P. Hartel, M. Kittel, L. Kotzur, I. Labuhn, J.K. Lundquist, N. Pflugradt, K. van der Wiel, M. Zeyringer, and D.J. Brayshaw. Overcoming the disconnect between energy system and climate modelling. Joule.
  • Pham, A., L. Lovdal, T. Zhang, and M.T. Craig. A techno-economic analysis of distributed energy resources versus wholesale electricity purchases for fueling decarbonized heavy duty vehicle. Applied Energy.
  • Mays, J., M.T. Craig, L. Kiesling, J. Macey, B. Shaffer, and H. Shu. Private risk and social resilience in liberalized electricity markets. Joule 6: 369-380.
  • Woody, M., M.T. Craig, P. Vaishnav, G. Lewis, and G. Keoleian. Optimizing future cost and emissions of electrified delivery vehicles. Journal of Industrial Ecology.
  • Vanatta, M., B. Rathod, J. Calzavara, T. Courtright, T. Sims, É. Saint-Sernin, H. Clack, P. Jagger, and M.T. Craig. Emissions impacts of electrifying motorcycle taxis in Kampala, Uganda. Transportation Research: Part D 104: 103193.
  • Bromley-Dulfano, I., J. Florez, and M.T. Craig. Reliability benefits of wide-area renewable energy planning across the Western United States. Renewable Energy 179: 1487-1499.
  • Fonseca, F.R., M.T. Craig, M. Berges, E. Severnini, A. Loew, H. Zhai, Y. Cheng, B. Nijssen, N. Voisin, J. Yearsley, and P. Jaramillo. Climate-induced tradeoffs in planning and operating costs of a regional electricity system. Environmental Science & Technology 55: 11204-11215.
  • Farthing, A.D., M.T. Craig, and T. Reames. Optimizing solar plus storage deployment on public buildings for climate, health, resilience, and energy bill benefits. Environmental Science & Technology 55: 12528-12538