Omar Isaac Asensio

Assistant Professor

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
  • Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory
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Dr. Omar Isaac Asensio is an Assistant Professor and 2018-2019 Class of 1969 teaching fellow in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech. His research focuses at the intersection of data science and public policy, with applications to energy systems and behavior, smart cities, vehicle electrification and applied machine learning in transportation and mobility. Dr. Asensio conducts randomized field experiments and uses statistical and computational tools to identify the causal effects of policies and interventions at regional and global scales. Dr. Asensio’s research has been published in leading journals such as Nature Energy and PNAS, as featured in NBC news, CBS radio, NPR, Yahoo! News, Scientific American, the Economic Times and the Washington Post. His work has been featured in policy advisory communications by the European Commision and the World Bank's World Development Report. He is a faculty affiliate at the Institute for Data Engineering & Science (IDEaS), the Machine Learning Center, and the Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory. He holds a doctorate in environmental science and engineering from UCLA, with dual training in engineering and economics. For more information, visit

Awards and
  • APPAM 40-for-40 Fellowship Award, early career contributions to public policy
  • ONE-NBS Research Impact on Practice Award, Academy of Management
Areas of
  • Big Data And Public Policy
  • Energy And Environmental Economics
  • Energy Efficiency And Conservation
  • Environmental Policy And Management
  • Information Policies
  • Transportation And Mobility


Research Fields:
  • Economic Development and Smart Cities
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Markets
  • Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy
  • Information Programs
  • Information and Communications Technology Policy
  • Innovation and Diffusion
  • Smart Grid
  • Transportation
  • Voluntary Programs


  • PUBP-6112: Research Dsgn-Polcy Sci
  • PUBP-8751: Big Data and Policy
  • PUBP-8813: Special Topics

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Recent Publications

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