Joel Hicks, Ph.D. Student
Graduate Research Assistant
Education: M.S. Electrical Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School
M.A. National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College
M.A. International Science and Technology Policy, The George Washington University
B.S. Electrical Engineering, The George Washington University
Expertise: Domestic and international energy-related issues, including the science of and adaptation to global climate change and environmental behavior
Background: Mr. Hicks is a full-time Ph.D. student at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government. He is a former U.S. Naval Officer who served in the nuclear submarine community as well as completing multiple assignments in DoD space systems engineering and operational areas. He obtained his Nuclear Engineer credentials through Naval Reactors, and his last active duty assignment was as Deputy Director, Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC), Vandenberg AFB, CA.
His current research includes:
- Developing a better understanding of the economic and political motivations that will help accelerate the transition and proliferation of energy and environmental technological innovations across and between the public and private sectors.
- Demand Side Management (DSM) of the energy sector.
- Economic, behavioral, and policy factors that shape the transition of national economies from hydrocarbon to low-carbon/renewable energy sources, as well as how societies are choosing (or not) to adapt to the realities of extreme weather events caused by global climate change.
- Effectiveness of national electricity “demand response” programs.
Mr. Hicks has also recently taught two courses, “International Issues in Energy Policy” and “Science, Technology, and Energy Policy” at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA) “