Rodrigo Mercado Fernandez

Rodrigo Mercado Fernandez is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Appalachian Energy Center. His research interests are in the field of energy planning and modeling, energy policy, sustainability and equity. Rodrigo is from Guadalajara, Mexico where he studied Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at the University of Guadalajara. After which he worked for 3 years in the aerospace industry at GE Aviation in Queretaro, Mexico. In 2014 Rodrigo was awarded the Fulbright scholarship for his Ph.D. studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he obtained his doctoral degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. His doctoral research focused on how Mexico’s national climate change goals affect the development of the electricity grid, complementing high level top down studies with a bottom up approach using a detailed model of the grid and incorporating multi criteria decision analysis (MCDA) to evaluate the sustainability of various development options.

Title: Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Department: Energy Center

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