Elisabeth Gilmore is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Research Fellow at CISSM. Her research focuses on quantifying the costs and environmental attributes of energy and transportation technologies and policies for decision making. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, she held an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow hosted in the Climate Science and Impacts Branch at the US Environmental Protection Agency. She was involved with the ongoing EPA efforts to develop a methodology to provide policy-relevant analysis about the US domestic benefits and risks from different climate change scenarios.
She earned a dual PhD in Engineering and Public Policy and Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). In her PhD dissertation, she evaluated the costs, air quality and human health effects of different applications for distributed electricity generation. Specifically, she employed comprehensive air quality models to develop bottom-up site specific economic estimates of the human health damages and then used these values in benefit-cost analysis frameworks. She received funding for her doctoral work from the EPA STAR Graduate Fellowship, the Link Energy Foundation, the Canadian National Science and Engineering Research Council and Achievement Rewards for College Scientists. Her thesis work was also awarded 1st place at the doctoral level at the Air and Waste Management Association Conference (2007) and best doctoral-level presentation at the Technology, Management and Policy Graduate Consortium Annual Meeting (2006).
Prior to the EPA, she worked on residential energy efficiency decision-making as a postdoctoral fellow in the Climate Decision Making Center at CMU, on the economics of alternative fuel/powertrains for passenger vehicles as a consultant for the Carnegie Bosch Institute and on natural resources and civil conflict as a researcher at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO). She also holds a B.A.Sc and M.A.Sc in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada.