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Mark A. Bernstein

Mark A. Bernstein

Managing Director

USC Energy Institute

Dr. Bernstein is Managing Director of the University of Southern California’s Energy Institute and is also a Professor of the Practice of Political Science. Mark’s research areas span across a broad range of issues in energy, environment, and water including economic impacts of technologies and policies, efficiency and renewable energy, climate change policy, and technology diffusion. Recent research focuses on the nexus between energy, water and climate change. Prior to USC, Mark spent 8 years as a Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation. During the 2001 energy problems in California, Mark advised the Speaker of the California State Assembly. Among Mark’s recent publications is Smog Alert: The Challenges of Battling Ozone Pollution published in Environment, October 2005. At the end of 2005, Mark assisted the Housing Committee of the Mississippi Governors Commission on Reconstruction to develop recommendations for ensuring an adequate supply of quality affordable housing in the Gulf Coast region in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Until June of 1998 Mark spent two years as the Senior Energy Policy Analyst for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. Mark worked on the Clinton Administration’s climate change technology strategy and helped to create a public-private partnership with the housing industry, the Partnership for Advancing Technologies in Housing. Prior to working at OSTP Mark spent over three years in the Washington DC office of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as Principal Energy Policy Analyst. Previously, Mark spent 7 years on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania and as Director of the Center for Energy and the Environment. He also spent 2 years working for United Engineers and Constructors in the Advanced Engineering Department. Mark has published articles on implications of emissions trading, impacts of energy efficiency, and comparison of costs of coal and nuclear and alternative energy systems, as well as assessing the impacts of energy options in economic development. Mark has worked in Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. Mark holds a Ph.D. in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters and Bachelors in Mathematics.
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