Dr. Melissa C. Lott
Mechanical Engineer - Energy Systems Engineer
Melissa C. Lott is YarCom's mechanical engineer, energy systems engineer, and bio-systems engineer. She brings to our clients a practical engineering understanding of the relationships between our energy sources, our energy uses, and the impacts of our choices on health and the environment.
Dr. Lott was honored by inclusion in kWh analytics 2018 Solar100 Thought Leaders. In 2013, Forbes magazine selected Dr. Lott as one of their 30-Under-30 global leaders in the energy sector.
Dr. Lott has been working with YarCom for 23 years. She is also serves as the Research Director and Senior Research Scholar at the Columbia University Center for Global Energy Policy. She is a contribution author to the Lancet Countdown.
Dr. Lott was the Lead of Energy Modeling and Simulation for the Program Analysis and Evaluation Office at the US Department of Energy. From DOE, Dr. Lott moved to an assignment at the International Energy Agency, Paris, France. At the IEA, she was primary author of the Technology Roadmap: Energy Storage. She also has 2 years experience as an Operations Manager and Systems Engineer at the General Mills production facility in Albuquerque, NM.
In 2011, Dr. Lott was selected as a US Presidential Management Fellow (PMF).
Dr. Lott earned her doctorate in Sustainable Energy Resources and Engineering at University College London Institute for Sustainable Resources. Dr. Lott previously earned a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Cockrell School of Engineering and a Masters of Public Affairs (Public Policy) from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, both at the University of Texas at Austin. She also earned a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from the University of California at Davis.
Dr. Lott is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She is a member of the ASME and the IEEE.
Dr. Lott is a recognized author on science, engineering, and energy issues. Her many publications include refereed journal and conference articles along with writing in Scientific American, Discover, and her blog Global Energy Matters. She currently writes for Scientific American's blog Plugged In.
Dr. Lott's research has already resulted in the development of the Texas Interactive Power Simulator (TIPS), an online interactive learning and teaching tool. In 2009, Dr. Lott completed internships at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Energy Information Administration. While attending the University of California at Davis, she completed a cooperative work period at Sandia National Laboratories.