Jay Apt is Executive Director of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business where he is an Associate Research Professor and the CMU Department of Engineering and Public Policy, where he is a Distinguished Service Professor.
He received an A.B .in physics from Harvard College in 1971 and a Ph.D. in experimental atomic physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976.
His research and teaching interests are in economics, engineering, and public policy aspects of the electricity industry, economics of technical innovation, management of technical enterprises, risk management in policy and technical decision framing, and engineering systems design.
He is the author of over 50 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals. Recent publication include, "The Character of Power Output from Utility-Scale Photovoltaic Systems", "Air Emissions Due To Wind And Solar Power", "The Geoengineering Option: A Last Resort Against Global Warming? ", "Promoting Low-Carbon Electricity Production", "Storing Syngas Lowers the Carbon Price for Profitable Coal Gasification", "The Spectrum of Power from Wind Turbines", "The Character of Power Output from Utility-Scale PV Systems", "Should a Coal-Fired Power Plant be Retrofitted or Replaced?", "Economics of Electric Energy Storage for Energy Arbitrage and Regulation in New York", "Power and People", "Deregulation Has Not Lowered US Industrial Electricity Prices", and "Electrical Blackouts: A Systemic Problem."
He has served as a member of two recent National Research Council panels that produced the following reports:
Lyles, L.L., R.S. Colladay, L.A. Fisk, J. Apt, J.B. Armor, W.A. Austin, D. Baltimore, R. Bednarek, J.A. Burns, P. Chao, K.S. Flamm, J. Johnson-Freese, P.D. Nielsen, M.S. Turner, and T.H. Vonder Haar, America’s Future in Space: Aligning the Civil Space Program with National Needs. 2009, National Academies Press, Washington.
Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space, Space Science Board, National Research Council, Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond. 2007, National Academies Press, Washington.
He has co-authored with Lester Lave op-ed pieces for the New York Times and the Washington Post. A former NASA Astronaut, he flew four missions aboard the U.S. Space Shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour. He received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 1997 and the Metcalf Lifetime Achievement Award for significant contributions to engineering in 2002. His book, Orbit: NASA Astronauts Photograph the Earth has sold over 600,000 copies in 11 languages.