Seth Blumsack

External Professor

Seth Blumsack is Professor of Energy Policy and Economics and International Affairs and Associate Department Head in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. At Penn State he also directs the Center for Energy Law and Policy; serves as a faculty member in the Operations Research program; and is Co-Director of the Penn State Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy Initiative.  He also holds a position on the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute and is an Adjunct Research Professor with the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center.  He earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Reed College in 1998, an M.S. in Economics from Carnegie Mellon in 2003, and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon in 2006.  


Primary Institution: Pennsylvania State University

Role/Title: Professor and Director, Center for Energy Law and Policy

Topics of Interest: Economics - Engineering - Risk & Uncertainty - Social Science - Sustainability - Resilience

Other Affiliations and Institutions: Adjunct Research Professor, Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center

How SFI changes your mind: SFI unabashedly embraces creativity, in success or in failure, which is in short supply in the world these days.

When and how you first got involved with SFI: Participated in power grid workshops in 2013, was a sabbatical visitor at SFI in 2014-2015

Favorite Book: Desert Solitaire

Favorite Film: Tampopo