Yu Wang has been named as an assistant professor of global energy policy at Iowa State University. The new position was the result of a collaboration between the Bioeconomy Institute (BEI) and Iowa State’s department of political science (see New Faculty Position to Focus on Global Energy Policy). The position is supported by Iowa State’s Presidential High Impact Hires Initiative and the State of Iowa’s Leading the Bioeconomy program. The new position also received support from the BEI and Iowa NSF EPSCoR.
“Yu Wang will be an important addition to our department in several different ways,” said James McCormick, professor of political science and chair of the department at the time of Wang’s hire. “She will strengthen our teaching and research commitment to the study of public policy; she will bring a new dimension to our public policy focus with her expertise on global energy policy; and she will enable the department to create new and important synergies among the social sciences, physical sciences, and engineering–linkages wholly in keeping with the traditions of a land grant institution like Iowa State.”
Jacqulyn Baughman was co-chair of global energy faculty search committee and is director of graduate education for the Biorenewables Resources and Technology (BRT) program at BEI. “We are pleased to welcome Yu Wang to Iowa State,” she said. “Her hire was critical to the sustainability of two cross-listed law and policy courses. She will allow the BRT Graduate Program to continue to expand through departmental collaborations.”
Wang earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy from Georgia Institute of Technology, with dissertation research in “U.S. Electric End-use Efficiency: Policy Innovation and Potential Assessment.” She earned an M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering and B.S. in Natural Resources & Environment from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She brings both research and teaching experience to her new position. While at Georgia Tech, she was awarded the Outstanding PhD Student in the School of Public Policy in 2013. Yu will continue her research at Iowa State, which includes biorenewable policy. Her appointment will begin in August 2014.