Daniel B. Gingerich is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering and Integrated Systems Engineering and a core faculty member of the Sustainability Institute.  At Ohio State, Dr. Gingerich leads the Knowledge for Water and Energy System Transitions (KWEST) Lab.  He joined the faculty in January of 2020.  Before coming to Ohio State, he was a Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education post-doctoral research fellow at the National Energy Technology Laboratory and a post-doctoral research associate at Stanford University and Carnegie Mellon University.  Dr. Gingerich earned his Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.  


Dr. Gingerich's research interests apply methods from public policy analysis and decision science to questions around water and energy infrastructure systems in order to evaluate the potential emerging technical processes, the policies to guide infrastructure investment, and how people make decisions about the systems they use every day.  The techniques he uses include unit process modeling, techno-economic assessment modeling, life-cycle assessment, benefit-cost analysis, decision analysis, and risk analysis.  

Research Interests

  • water treatment
  • electricity generation
  • fossil-fuel electricity
  • process modeling
  • life-cycle assessment
  • techno-economic assessment
  • environmental policy analysis
  • infrastructure policy
  • benefit-cost analysis
  • decision science
  • risk analysis
  • risk communication