FACETS is developed by Amit Kanudia and Evelyn Wright.
Amit Kanudia, the founder and director of KanORS-EMR, has been an energy modeling researcher and consultant since 1993. His involvement in this field has been at diverse levels: methodological developments, building cutting edge models, applying advanced models for policy analysis, and the design and development of sophisticated user interfaces. He has developed several large multi-region TIMES and MARKAL models, including the TIAM-World 16 region global model and the PET 30 region European model.
Dr. Kanudia is the developer of the Veda data handling system, in use in more than 40 countries worldwide, which has greatly expanded the power and flexibility of MARKAL/TIMES models. He has a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and did his graduate studies at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
Evelyn Wright, the founder and principal of Sustainable Energy Economics, is an economist with 20 years of experience in climate and energy policy analysis. At the US Environmental Protection Agency, she led the development of the agency's MARKAL modeling and scenario analysis team. She was a lead modeler training local experts and guiding development of national planning models in eleven Southeast and Eastern European states on behalf of USAID, and she edited the recently updated five-volume TIMES documentation. FACETS is her fourth US MARKAL/TIMES model.
Dr. Wright has also taught economics and environmental policy at Franklin and Marshall College, Towson University, and The Washington Center. She holds a PhD in Ecological Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is also an experienced meeting facilitator and group trainer, and the author of Cool Tools for Hot Topics, a resource manual for groups working through difficult dialogues. Her goal is to support groups in thinking through complex energy-technology-environment issues.
Drs. Kanudia and Wright are also developing the International Electricity Market Model (IEMM) for the US Energy Information Administration, to be used for the International Energy Outlook 2019.