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John Helveston

  • PhD Engineering and Public Policy
  • Assistant Professor
  • George Washington University
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I currently work as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Boston University. Starting July 2018, I will be an Assistant Professor at George Washington University in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering. My primary research interest is understanding the factors that shape technology change, with a particular focus on transitioning to environmentally sustainable and energy-saving technologies. Within this broader category, I study consumer preferences and market demand for new technologies as well as relationships between firm innovation, industry structure, and technology policy. My dissertation explores these themes in China’s electric vehicle industry. I take an interdisciplinary methodological approach, applying both quantitative methods, such as discrete choice modeling and conjoint analysis, and qualitative / mixed methods, such as interview-based case studies. I have conducted extensive fieldwork in China, collaborating with colleagues at Tsinghua University, Beijing Normal University, and the State Information Center on past projects. I am a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese and also an internationally renowned and award-winning swing dancer.

Recent publications

  • China’s key role in scaling low-carbon energy technologies

    • Helveston J
    • Nahm J
  • Choice at the Pump: Measuring Preferences for Lower-Carbon Combustion Fuels

    • Helveston J
    • Seki S
    • Min J
    • et al.

Professional experience

Assistant Professor

George Washington University

July 2018 - Present

Postoctoral Fellow

Boston University

July 2016 - June 2018(2 years)


Engineering and Public Policy

Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering

August 2011 - May 2016(5 years)

BS Engineering Science and Mechanics

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

August 2005 - May 2010(5 years)

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