Ross Collins

Ph.D. Student
Engineering Systems Division
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ross is a Ph.D. candidate in the MIT Engineering Systems Division. His research concerns defining and measuring sustainability in complex, sociotechnical systems to inform engineering and policy design. His current work uses system dynamics and welfare economics theory (comprehensive wealth) to model key interdependent infrastructures (water-energy nexus) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and evaluate infrastructure investment and natural resource management plans. During his first year with CCES, Ross contributed to the Integrated Energy Decision Support System (IEDSS) project, exploring cost and environmental tradeoffs in the context of electricity planning in Saudi Arabia.

Previous work for the MIT-Portugal Program used system dynamics to evaluate the tradeoffs between fire suppression and prevention to effectively manage forest fires in Portugal. Ross holds an S.M. in Technology & Policy from MIT, an M.S. and B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia (UVa), as well as a B.S. in Economics from UVa. Research at UVa included tradeoff exploration of different geographic configurations of PV installations, risk-scoring of critical infrastructures for the Virginia Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and economic analysis of workforce disruptions during pandemic flu outbreaks.

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