Visiting Associate Professor
Mort David Webster is a Visiting Associate Professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State. His research and teaching focuses on environmental and energy systems analysis and decision-making under uncertainty. He was formerly an Associate Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT, and the first junior member of the faculty with an ESD-only appointment in 2008.
Professor Webster specializes in risk analysis, uncertainty analysis, and decision-making under uncertainty. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in energy and environmental science, engineering, economics, and policy, and has served on several national and international panels, including the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. Current research projects include stochastic dynamic modeling of the electric power system focusing on the integration of intermittent renewable generation (NSF), modeling technological change as a stochastic process and implications for near-term R&D portfolios (NSF, DOE), and flexible air quality strategies under uncertainty using integrated economic/energy/chemistry regional models (NSF, EPA).
Professor Webster earned his Ph.D. from ESD in 2000 with a dissertation about decision-making and climate policy, and was a Research Associate at MIT's Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change during the 2000–2001 academic year. From 2001–2006 he was an assistant professor of public policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he taught several classes on public policy analysis, including one that dealt specifically with policy analysis for global climate change. He returned to MIT in 2006 as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.
Professor Webster holds an M.S. from MIT's Technology and Policy Program (1996), and worked as a research assistant in the MIT Energy Laboratory from 1993–1994. He earned a B.S.E. in Computer Science and Engineering (1988) from the University of Pennsylvania. Early in his career, Professor Webster worked as a software engineer, and on artificial intelligence research.
"How do we balance needs of energy, water, and climate?” MIT News - November 15, 2013
Mort Webster selected to receive grant in Department of Energy’s new Early Career Research Program; Read DOE press release
“Reducing greenhouse gases now may lower climate change risk” The Christian Science Monitor – October 5, 2009
Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
presents new analysis of climate risk; Mort Webster,
lead author of the new report, explains the analysis MIT
News Office – October 2, 2009
Prof. Mort Webster's climate change policy study cited in Environmental Protection magazine – Study: Short-term Climate Goals Needed – July 9, 2008
Prof. Mort Webster's carbon emissions study in The Economic Times – Short-term goals to be focused on to reduce carbon emissions – July 3, 2008
Prof. Mort Webster receives $750,000 NSF grant for climate change research – July 1, 2008
Article on path-dependency, decision analysis and climate change policy by ESD Assistant Professor Mort Webster (June 2008 issue of Decision Analysis) – July 1, 2008
Mort David Webster Joins ESD Faculty as Assistant Professor – July 1, 2008