Mark Staples

Research Scientist

BACKGROUND

My name is Mark Staples, and I’m originally from Edmonton, Canada. I completed a PhD in Engineering Systems (2017) and a MS in Technology in Policy (2013) at MIT, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta (2009). Before coming to MIT, I worked for FACC AG in Vienna, Austria, where I carried out finite element analysis on carbon composite aircraft parts for the Boeing 787. I also have work experience in the heavy construction and upstream oil and gas industries in western Canada.

RESEARCH

My research aims to quantify the economic and environmental costs, benefits and trade-offs of new energy technologies, especially novel technologies for the production of liquid fuels for transportation. I am currently leading work on research sponsored by the US FAA ASCENT Center of Excellence (on the climate impacts and economic viability of biomass-derived alternative jet fuels) and Eni S.p.A. (on electro-fuel technologies). I also serve as a Technical Expert to ICAO CAEP, and have an interest in using academic research to inform policy-making processes.

EXPERTISE

      • Energy technology assessment
      • Life cycle and techno-economic analysis (LCA & TEA)
      • Energy and environmental policy