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Gabriel, Steven A.

Gabriel, Steven A.

Director, Energy Systems Management and Policy Certificate Program
Mechanical Engineering
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
The Institute for Systems Research
Center for Risk and Reliability
0151D Glenn. L. Martin Hall

Dr. Steve Gabriel is a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Maryland with additional appointments in the Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Scientific Computation Program.

Dr. Gabriel has extensive experience in both mathematical modeling as well as algorithm design for optimization and equilibrium (i.e., complementarity) problems in a variety of engineering and economic areas such as energy, the environment, transportation, and telecommunications. In addition to his academic background, he has over 30 years experience in industry in mathematical modeling and analysis. He has an M.S. in Operations Research from Stanford University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining the University of Maryland in 2000, he was a project manager for energy modeling at ICF Consulting, a postdoctoral researcher at Argonne National Laboratory, an Operations Research Analyst at Arthur D. Little, Inc., a Systems Analyst with Technology Systems, and a Market Analyst for a kerosene heater company.

Professor Gabriel has over 80 publications in refereed journals, conference proceedings, and technical reports. He has been an expert panelist for the DOE (Energy Information Administration and National Technology Laboratory) in providing guidance on building an international natural gas model as well as evaluation of their fossil energy programs. Also, he has been a guest researcher at the Energy Research Center of the Netherlands in Amsterdam assisting with building certain aspects of their European natural gas market model. Lastly, Professor Gabriel works extensively with both Masters and Ph.D. students in modeling and algorithmic design for infrastructure problems. Dr. Gabriel is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), Mathematical Programming Society (MPS), and a Senior member of IEEE. In addition, he has held a variety of editorial positions: 

Area Editor for Energy, Networks and Spatial Economics (1999-2014), Associate Editor for Energy, Operations Research (1999-2006), Associate Editor for Energy Economics (2006-2012), Member of Editorial Board, ASCE Journal of Energy Engineering (2013-present), Associate Editor, Optimization and Engineering (2013-2017), and Associate Editor, Energy Strategy Reviews (2014-2015).

Dr. Gabriel was the Gilbert F. White Fellow at Resources for the Future (2007-2008), Professeur Invité Trottier at the Institut de L'Énergie Trottier, Montréal, Canada (2014-2015), and a Humboldt Fellow (2015-2016).


Ph.D., Mathematical Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University, 1992.

M.A., Mathematical Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University, 1989.

M.S., Operations Research, Stanford University, 1984.

B.A., French (concentration: Applied Mathematics), Middlebury College, 1981.



Modeling of critical infrastructure using optimization, equilibriuim/game theory, and statistical methods, with applications in: energy markets, energy policy; telecommunications networks; environment (climate change, wastewater management, land development); transportation; algorithm development for solving optimization and equilibrium/game theory models.

Gabriel is co-PI on project coordinating Denmark's energy sectors

The mathematical modeling and planning research will help the country transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

Gabriel and colleagues contribute chapter to new Springer book on liberalized power markets

“A Parametric Programming Approach to Bilevel Merchant Electricity Transmission Investment Problems” formulates a stochastic transmission expansion problem with bilevel programming.

New model can help decisionmakers planning to retrofit buildings for energy efficiency

Alumnus Champion, Professor Gabriel and Ahti Salo of Aalto University have published their work in Energy Systems.

2019 Hulka/Wells Energy Fellowships Awarded

Projects include energy harvesting and clean energy fuel production

Gabriel's sabbatical year included residencies, keynote addresses

Professor focused work on energy market equilibirum modeling and energy security.

Prestigious Humboldt Research Award Won by Dr. Gabriel

Dr. Gabriel received Humboldt Research Award to study energy market modeling in Germany.

Steven Gabriel gives keynote address at German Economic Research Institute

Professor speaks on modeling for the energy turnaround.

Steven Gabriel named to Journal of Energy Engineering editorial board

Journal is a publication of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Steve Gabriel Lead Author of New Book

Complementarity Modeling in Energy Markets available from Springer.

Gabriel, students give presentations on U.S. natural gas exports

Audiences include Electricité de France, the Chinese State Grid, the Chinese National Petroleum Corp., and the DOE's Energy Information Administration.

NPR Interview with Steven Gabriel on May 4

Tune into WYPR 88.1FM, an NPR station for "Midday with Dan Rodricks"

Gabriel Co-Director of MEPP

CivE professor to help lead Masters of Engineering and Public Policy Program.