Webster, Mort

Mort Webster
Associate Professor of Energy Engineering, Penn State University
Visiting Associate Professor of Engineering Systems, MIT (Academic Year 2014-15)




Professor Webster is interested in exploring the interface between formal quantitative models and the policy process. His research focuses on environmental and energy systems analysis and decision-making under uncertainty. His work aims to analyze the uncertainty in assessment models of environmental and energy systems to produce insights that are useful to the policy community — including addressing the role of learning in the future on today's decisions, the effect of uncertainty on multi-stakeholder negotiations, and better means of communicating results to non-experts.


The Interface of Infrastructures, Markets, and Natural Cycles—Innovative modeling and control mechanisms for managing electricity, water and air quality in Texas
An Improved Model of Endogenous Technical Change Considering Uncertain R&D Returns and Uncertain Climate Response
Air Pollution, Health and Economic Impacts of Global Change Policy and Future Technologies: An Integrated Model Analysis


Education + Credentials
B.S., Computer Science Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1988
M.S., Technology and Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996
Ph.D., Technology Management and Policy, Engineering Systems Division, MIT, 2000
PhD Thesis: Uncertainty and Learning in Sequential Decision-Making: The Case of Climate Policy
Courses Taught:
Energy and Environmental Systems Analysis
Methods for Decision-Making under Uncertainty
Introduction to Public Policy Analysis
Policy Analysis for Global Climate Change

Recent Publications

Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Morris, J., V.  Srikrishnan, M. Webster and J. Reilly (2018). Energy Journal, 39(1), 10.5547/01956574.39.1.jmor [PDF]
Joint Program Report
Morris, J., M. Webster and J. Reilly (2016). Joint Program Report Series Report 297, May, 20 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Report
Morris, J., M. Webster and J. Reilly (2014). Joint Program Report Series Report 260, 28 p. [PDF]
Journal Article
Felgenhauer, T. and M. Webster (2014). Global Environmental Change, 23(6): 1556-1565
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Parpas, P. and M. Webster (2013). Automatica, 49(6): 1663–1671 [PDF]

News + Media

In The News
Energy Futures | 
Dec 21, 2017
In The News
The Energy Collective | 
May 18, 2017
MIT News | 
Oct 02, 2009