Jacob Mays

Jacob Mays

Assistant Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Hollister Hall, Room 323


Jacob Mays is an Assistant Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. He is interested in applications of optimization and statistical learning in energy systems. His research focuses on the design and analysis of electricity markets.

Jacob holds an AB in chemistry and physics from Harvard University, an MEng in energy systems from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in industrial engineering and management sciences from Northwestern University. He has also worked as a management consultant, primarily in the aviation and rail industries, and at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C.

Research Interests

Selected Publications

  • J. Mays, M.T. Craig, L. Kiesling, J.C. Macey, B. Shaffer, and H. Shu. Private risk and social resilience in liberalized electricity markets. Joule 6(2), 369–380 (2022). doi: 10.1016/j.joule.2022.01.004
  • J. Mays. Quasi-Stochastic Electricity Markets. INFORMS Journal on Optimization 3(4), 350–372 (2021). doi: 10.1287/ijoo.2021.0051
  • J. Mays. Missing incentives for flexibility in wholesale electricity markets. Energy Policy, 149, 112010 (2021). doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2020.112010
  • J. Mays, D. Morton, and R. O’Neill. Investment Effects of Pricing Schemes for Non-Convex Markets. European Journal of Operational Research, 289(2), 712–726 (2021). doi: 10.1016/j.ejor.2020.07.026
  • J. Mays, D. Morton, and R. O’Neill. Asymmetric risk and fuel neutrality in electricity capacity markets. Nature Energy, 4, 948–956 (2019). doi: 10.1038/s41560-019-0476-1


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