Dr. Bielicki runs the Energy Sustainability Research Laboratory at Ohio State University where he and his students research issues in which energy and environmental systems and policy intersect, specifically on topics related to carbon management, renewable energy, and the energy-water nexus. Dr. Bielicki is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering and in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. He is also on the faculty of the Environmental Science Graduate Program and has a courtesy appointment in the City and Regional Planning section of the Knowlton School of Architecture. Dr. Bielicki holds a Ph.D. (Harvard University), an M.P.A. (Harvard University), an M.B.A. (University of Chicago), and a B.S. (Valparaiso University). His academic and research appointments have included being a Guest Professor at ETH-Zurich, a Research Associate at the University of Minnesota, a Weinberg Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a Fellow at the Baker Center for Public Policy (University of Tennessee), and a Research Fellow with the Energy Technology Innovation Policy group at Harvard University. Prior to returning to graduate school, Dr. Bielicki was a mechanical engineer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, where he primarily worked on devices and infrastructure that produce antiprotons.
One line of Dr. Bielicki’s present research combines carbon management and renewable energy, where he investigates the use of CO2 to extract geothermal heat and to store energy in porous and permeable sedimentary basins and the implications of these approaches in the broader energy system. In addition to this utilization of CO2, his research also seeks to improve the efficacy of geologic CO2 storage through brine production and alternative storage resources and mechanisms. Another line of his present research combines renewable energy and the energy-water nexus to investigate how changes in environmental and economic conditions could affect energy and water systems, particularly with respect to weather, climate, and land use. His future research will build upon his present work to (a) investigate subsurface thermal and seasonal energy storage to address inflexibility in the grid and geospatial variation in wind and solar resources; (b) assess the feedbacks between water requirements for energy and energy requirements for water as conditions change; and (c) identify, quantify, and include in sustainability assessments the various ways in which societies benefit from the subsurface.
Dr. Bielicki collaborates with researchers in academia and U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories in numerous disciplines that span physical, natural, and social sciences, including, but not limited to, environmental and chemical and mechanical engineers, hydrologists and hydrogeologists, earth scientists, natural resource economists, sociologists, anthropologists, and lawyers. Dr. Bielicki is a member of a number of professional and honorary organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Economic Society, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi. A blackbelt in taekwondo, in his free time Dr. Bielicki likes to run, practice yoga and improvisational comedy, teach himself how to play acoustic guitar, and play with his infant son.