Noelle Eckley Selin

Interim Director, MIT Institute for Data, Systems & Society (IDSS)
Primary Appointment - IDSS

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Atmospheric chemist applying modeling to inform decision-making on air pollution, climate change, and persistent toxins like mercury.

Noelle Selin is the Interim Director for MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems and Society and was previously Director of the MIT Technology and Policy Program. Her research uses modeling and analysis to inform sustainability decision-making, focusing on issues involving air pollution, climate change and hazardous substances such as mercury and persistent organic pollutants (POPs). She also co-leads Bringing Computation to the Climate Challenge, along with EAPS Professor Raffaele Ferrari—an MIT Climate Grand Challenges project aimed at developing fast emulators of full climate models to democratize access to climate information.

She received her PhD and MA (Earth and Planetary Sciences) and BA (Environmental Science and Public Policy) from Harvard University. Prior to joining the MIT faculty, she was a research scientist with the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. In addition to her scientific work, she has published articles and book chapters on the interactions between science and policy in international environmental negotiations, in particular focusing on global efforts to regulate hazardous substances. She was also a research associate with the Initiative on Science and Technology for Sustainability at Harvard’s Kennedy School, a visiting researcher at the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen, Denmark, and worked on chemicals issues at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Key Awards & Honors

  • 2016 • AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement, Fellow
  • 2015 • Kavli Fellow: Invited Participant, U.S. National Academies Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium
  • 2014 • Member, Global Young Academy
  • 2013 • Leopold Leadership Fellow
  • 2011 • National Science Foundation CAREER Award