Zana Cranmer

  • Assistant Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
  • Ph.D. University of Massachusetts
  • MEPP University of Maryland
  • BS Pennsylvania State University

Teaching Interests

Renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy systems, energy policy, energy economics, energy and climate justice

Research Interests

Energy and climate justice, offshore wind energy, solar energy, integrated assessment modeling, energy economics, energy policy, ecosystem impacts of energy infrastructure, public acceptance of energy infrastructure

Consulting/Practice Interests

Renewable energy economics and policy, integrated assessment modeling

Bio

Cranmer's research focuses on barriers to deployment of renewable energy technologies with a growing focus on energy and climate justice. She uses a mix of quantitative and qualitative approaches to address challenges in renewable energy and look for ways to improve outcomes. Cranmer completed a doctorate in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and holds a Master's degree in Engineering and Public Policy from the University of Maryland. She has a Bachelor's degree in Material Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa.

Professional Memberships

  • Institute for Operations Research and Management Science 2013 - Present
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science 2011 - Present
  • Publications

    Journal Articles


  • Cranmer, A., Baker, E. (2020). The global climate value of offshore wind energy. Environmental Research Letters, (15) 5 054003. (Link)
  • Cranmer, A., Ericson, J. D., Ebers Broughel, A., Bernard, B., Robicheaux, E., Podolski, M. (2020). Worth a thousand words: Presenting wind turbines in virtual reality reveals new opportunities for social acceptance and visualization research. Energy Research & Social Science, (67) 101507. (Link)
  • Cranmer, A., Baker, E., Liesi√∂, J., Salo, A. (2018). A portfolio model for siting offshore wind farms with economic and environmental objectives. European Journal of Operational Research, (267) 1 304-314. (Link)
  • Cranmer, A., Smetzer, J. R., Welch, L., Baker, E. (2017). A Markov model for planning and permitting offshore wind energy: A case study of radio-tracked terns in the Gulf of Maine, USA. Journal of Environmental Management, (193) 400-409. (Link)
  • Presentations

  • Ericson, J. D., Cranmer, A., Broughel, A. (2021). “Using virtual reality and visual discrete choice tasks to examine public attitudes toward offshore wind energy projects” Presented at theBehavior, Energy & Climate Change (BECC) Online
  • Cranmer, A. (2021). “What does the future hold for power purchase agreements?” Presented at theInstitute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference Virtual
  • Cranmer, A. (2020). “Worth a Thousand Words: New Opportunities with Virtual Reality and Wind Energy” Presented at theBehavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference Virtual
  • Cranmer, A. (2020). “Investigating Public Acceptance of Wind Energy Using Traditional and Immersive Media” Presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management 42nd Annual Fall Research Conference Virtual
  • Cranmer, A. (2020). “Virtual reality is worth a thousand words in describing wind projects” Presented at the Electric Power Research Institute Fall Advisory Meeting Virtual
  • Cranmer, A. (2019). “Equity Impacts of New Low Carbon Technologies” Presented at the International Energy Agency International Energy Workshop (IEW) 2019 Paris, France
  • Cranmer, A. (2019). “Valuing renewable energy: The power of models?” Presented at the Bentley University Bentley Research Colloquium on Social In/Justice Waltham, MA
  • Cranmer, A. (2019). “A Portfolio Model for Energy Efficiency Projects” Presented at theINFORMS 2019 Annual Meeting Seattle, WA
  • Cranmer, A. (2019). “Using Virtual Reality to Understand Renewable Energy Preferences” Presented at theInstitute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) 2019 Annual Meeting Seattle, WA
  • Cranmer, A. (2019). “Use Less and Green the Rest: Lowering Barriers to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy” Presented at the University of Texas at Dallas Laboratory for Behavioral Operations and Economics Dallas, TX
  • Cranmer, A. (2018). “The Climate Value of Offshore Wind Energy in the US” Presented at theINFORMS 2018 Annual Meeting Phoenix, AZ
  • Cranmer, A. (2018). “The Global Value of Offshore Wind Energy” Presented at the Association of European Operational Research Societies (EURO) 29th European Conference on Operational Research Valencia, Spain
  • Cranmer, A., Baker, E. (2017). “Valuing Offshore Wind Energy” Presented at theINFORMS 2017 Annual Meeting Houston, TX
  • Cranmer, A., Baker, E. (2017). “Valuing Offshore Wind Energy” Presented at theIEW 2017 College Park, MD
  • Cranmer, A., Baker, E. (2016). “Valuing Offshore Wind Energy” Presented at theINFORMS 2016 Annual Meeting Nashville, TN
  • Cranmer, A., Smetzer, J. R., Welch, L., Baker, E. (2016). “Automated Avian Telemetry and Markov Model for Oshore Wind Planning: A Case Study for the Gulf of Maine, USA” Presented at the Northeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies 72nd Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference Annapolis, MD
  • Cranmer, A., Baker, E. (2015). “Modeling Economic and Environmental Tradeoffs in Offshore Wind Development” Presented at theINFORMS 2015 Annual Meeting Philadelphia, PA
  • Cranmer, A., Baker, E. (2014). “Siting Offshore Wind Farms as a Robust Portfolio Model” Presented at theINFORMS 2014 Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA
  • Cranmer, A., Baker, E. (2014). “Siting Offshore Wind Farms as a Robust Portfolio Model” Presented at theInternational Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS) Barcelona, Spain
  • Service

    Department Service


  • Committee Member for Curriculum Review Committee 2017 - Present
  • Committee Member for Personnel & Staffing Committee 2017 - Present
  • Committee Member for Scholarship Committee 2017 - Present
  • University Service


  • Committee Member for Faculty Evaluation Procedures Committee 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for Sustainability Strategic Planning Committee 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for Green Revolving Fund Committee 2020 - Present
  • Committee Member for Library Digital Commons Committee 2017 - 2019
  • Professional Service


  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Applied Energy 2021 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Cleaner Production 2021 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 2021 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Renewable Energy 2019 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for European Journal of Operational Research (EJOR) 2018 - Present
  • Conference/Workshop Session Chair for INFORMS - 2022
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Decision Analysis 2019 - 2020
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Management Science 2019 - 2020
  • Conference/Workshop Track Chair for Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment (ENRE) Section 2018 - 2020
  • Conference/Workshop Session Chair for INFORMS - 2020
  • Conference/Workshop Session Chair for INFORMS - 2019
  • Conference/Workshop Session Chair for INFORMS - 2018
  • Conference/Workshop Session Chair for INFORMS - 2018
  • Conference/Workshop Session Chair for INFORMS - 2017
  • Conference/Workshop Session Chair for INFORMS - 2016
  • Conference/Workshop Session Chair for INFORMS - 2015