Research Staff

Ariane Beck, PhD
Dr. Ariane L. Beck is a Research Fellow in the Energy Systems Transformation Research Group (EST) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Beck studies how interactions between the underlying social, behavioral, economic, and technological components of the energy system impact the diffusion of residential clean energy technologies and how information channels can accelerate the diffusion process. Dr. Beck has managed over $25million dollars in DOE EERE projects throughout her career. She has spent nearly two decades studying novel and innovative technologies, first as a semiconductor device engineer, then through smart grid demonstration and research management, and currently through a policy and innovation diffusion lens. She has over 40 peer reviewed paper and conference proceedings and formerly served as the Assistant Department Chair for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Beck received her Ph.D., MS, and BS in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, with a research focus on optoelectronics and wide-bandgap semiconductors.

Ashok Sekar, PhD
Ashok Sekar, has a Ph.D. in Sustainability and currently works as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Sekar’s research agenda includes understanding progress, diffusion, and implications of energy supply and demand technologies, drawing on perspectives such as life cycle impacts, time-use, heterogeneity, cost forecasting, and thermodynamic limits. He has nine peer-reviewed journal articles and his work has been published in media in outlets such as the New York times, The Washington Post, and Science.
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