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Benjamin Leibowicz

Associate Professor

Banks McLaurin Fellowship in Engineering

Department Research Areas:
Analytics and Probabilistic Modeling
Clean Energy Technology

Dr. Benjamin D. Leibowicz is an Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the endowed Banks McLaurin Fellowship in Engineering. His primary appointment is in the Operations Research and Industrial Engineering graduate program within the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Leibowicz also holds a courtesy appointment in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and supervises student research in the Energy and Earth Resources graduate program.

Dr. Leibowicz develops mathematical models and methods to improve decision-making on energy and environmental policy and strategy. His primary research interests are energy systems, energy and climate policy analysis, technological change, infrastructure resilience, and sustainable cities. He approaches these topics from an interdisciplinary perspective and develops modeling frameworks that combine methods from optimization, systems analysis, economic modeling, game theory, and stochastic control.

Dr. Leibowicz has published in many of the leading journals in his research areas including The Energy Journal, Energy Economics, Energy Policy, European Journal of Operational Research, Risk Analysis, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, and Research Policy. He is the current President-Elect of the INFORMS Section on Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment (ENRE) and will begin a two-year term as President in 2024. Dr. Leibowicz has served as an elected Board Member of both the INFORMS ENRE section and the IISE Energy Systems Division. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy and on the Steering Committee of the Macro-Energy Systems community.

Prior to joining UT Austin, Dr. Leibowicz received both PhD and MS degrees in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, and earned a BA in Physics with a minor in Economics from Harvard University. While working toward his PhD, he was a research fellow in the Energy and Transitions to New Technologies programs at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

Selected Publications

Note: * = student co-author

  1. Calci, B.*, Leibowicz, B.D., Bard, J.F., 2021. North American natural gas markets under LNG demand growth and infrastructure restrictions. The Energy Journal, forthcoming.
  2. Carvallo, J.P., Zhang, N.*, Murphy, S.P., Leibowicz, B.D., Larsen, P.H., 2020. The economic value of a centralized approach to distributed resource investment and operation. Applied Energy 269, 115071.
  3. Brozynski, M.T.*, Leibowicz, B.D., 2020. Markov models of policy support for technology transitions. European Journal of Operational Research 286, 1052-1069.
  4. Leibowicz, B.D., 2020. Urban land use and transportation planning for climate change mitigation: A theoretical framework. European Journal of Operational Research 284, 604-616.
  5. Zhang, N.*, Leibowicz, B.D., Hanasusanto, G.A., 2020. Optimal residential battery storage operations using robust data-driven dynamic programming. IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid 11, 1771-1780.
  6. Jones, E.C.*, Leibowicz, B.D., 2019. Contributions of shared autonomous vehicles to climate change mitigation. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 72, 279-298.
  7. Leibowicz, B.D., 2018. Policy recommendations for a transition to sustainable mobility based on historical diffusion dynamics of transport systems. Energy Policy 119, 357-366.