Research Associate, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center

Carrie Armel is a research associate at Stanford’s Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC), where she investigates the diverse ways in which an understanding of human behavior can lead to improvements in energy efficiency. For example, the application of behavioral principles can produce significant energy reductions through interventions implemented at the policy, technology, built environment, media/marketing and organizational/community levels. Armel develops specific energy efficiency interventions that apply behavioral and design principles, and develops measures to evaluate the efficacy of such interventions. She is project director of the Stanford ARPA-E Sensor and Behavior Initiative, which aims to leverage sensor data, like those from smart meters, with behavioral techniques to achieve widespread energy savings. Armel co-conceived the annual Behavior, Energy and Climate Change (BECC) Conference; oversees PEEC’s Bibliographic Database and Website; and teaches courses on behavior and energy at Stanford. She earned a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from UC-San Diego and did postdoctoral work in neuro-economics and also behavioral epidemiology at Stanford.