Short Bio: Leigh Tesfatsion

Last Updated: 31 March 2017

Professor of Economics, Mathematics,
   and Electrical & Computer Engineering
Heady Hall 375
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1070
FAX: (515) 294-0221
tesfatsi AT
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Leigh Tesfatsion received a Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Minnesota, Mpls., in 1975, with a minor supporting program in mathematics. She is currently Professor of Economics at Iowa State University with courtesy appointments as Professor of Mathematics and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Her current research focuses on three topics: (1) the study of new contract designs for electric power markets to facilitate the increased penetration of renewable energy resources and the management of systemic risks (project homepage); (2) the study of water and climate change issues with the ultimate goal of facilitating watershed sustainability through community engagement (project homepage); and (3) the development of Agent-Based Computational Economics (ACE) software platforms to facilitate the study of coupled physical, natural, and human systems, such as electric power systems and watersheds (ACE homepage). She has published a wide variety of research articles on these and related topics in journals, edited books, and conference proceedings.

She currently serves as an Editorial Board member for Edward Elgar's New Dimensions in Networks Book Series, for the International Journal of Microsimulation, and for Foundations and Trends in Energy Markets. She also serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control (JEDC), the Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination, and the Journal of Energy Markets, and is a past associate editor for Applied Mathematics and Computation (1991-2008), the Journal of Public Economic Theory (1997-2006), and the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE-TEC) (1996-2002). She has guest-edited special issues on ACE for the JEDC, Computational Economics, and the IEEE-TEC. From 2002-2004 she was a consultant for the Los Alamos National Laboratory. From 1996-2004 she served as contributing co-editor in charge of the Complexity-at-Large section of the journal Complexity.

She is an active member and panel session organizer for several IEEE techical committees, working groups, and task forces. She has been a program committee member and session organizer for many of the annual conferences sponsored by the Society for Computational Economics (SCE), and she is the contact liaison for the SCE Special Interest Group on ACE. She has twice served as an elected member of the SCE Advisory Council.

For further information about her research and professional service activities, please refer to her on-line abbreviated vita (html) or her full CV (pdf).

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