Aimee E. Curtright

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Senior Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. in chemistry, University of California, Berkeley; B.S. in chemistry, University of Miami

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Aimee Curtright is a senior scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She previously served as associate director for the Engineering & Applied Sciences (EAS) Department, where she hired dozens of colleagues and helped manage a diverse, multisite research department of nearly 200 research staff.

Her own research focuses on energy technology and policy, and the social, environmental, and economic implications of new energy technology adoption. Her expertise spans technologies from solar to shale gas to biomass to smart grids, often through the lens of increasing sustainability, resilience, and equity.

Past experience includes postdoctoral research at Carnegie Mellon University in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP), a fellowship at the National Academies with the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, and research in microbattery fabrication at the U.S. Naval Research Lab. Her Ph.D. is in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and her B.S. in chemistry is from University of Miami.


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    Getting (Solar) Electricity Pricing Right

    Demand for rooftop solar panels is soaring among U.S. homeowners. Meanwhile, states are struggling to adapt a 20th-century electrical grid—and the corresponding cost structure for electricity rates—to this 21st-century reality. This is causing confusion and uncertainty.

    Jul 24, 2017 The Energy Collective

  • Bio power plant with storage of wooden fuel

    Uncertainty and Complexity: Biomass Can Help on the Path to Deep Decarbonization

    While biomass will almost certainly never become the dominant fuel for the electricity sector in the United States, it is still worth including as part of a menu of greenhouse gas mitigation strategies.

    Feb 24, 2017 Pennsylvania Environmental Council

  • Solar panels and wind generators against a city view

    Investing in Infrastructure? Don't Forget the Electric Grid

    Leaving the future of America's electricity grid to chance should not be an option. To maximize the potential benefits of a multibillion-dollar smart grid investment, a closer examination of technology and policy is needed.

    Dec 7, 2016 Inside Sources

  • A natural gas well is drilled near Canton, in Bradford County, Pennsylvania,  January 8, 2012

    The Environmental Costs of Emissions from Shale Gas Extraction

    Further study, including primary data collection in regions where extraction is occurring, will be important to track the magnitude of emissions and to insure that the DEP's permit requirements are adequate to protect human health and the environment, writes Aimee Curtright.

    Feb 14, 2013 The RAND Blog