​B.A. University of Chicago,1977Graduate Coursework, Political Science, University of Chicago, 1977-1983J.D., Program in Environmental and Energy Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1995

"My research and teaching center around the intersection between technology, public policy and entrepreneurship."

David Slutzky, Research Associate Professor

Professor Slutzky is currently a Research Associate Professor in the Science, Technology and Society Program of the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. Prof. Slutzky serves as a faculty advisor to the UVA RideForward Program, working with engineering students on technologies for converting internal combustion engine vehicles to all electric drive-train vehicles.

David Slutzky has spent the last 35 years as an entrepreneur, and as a public policy expert. Early in his career, he founded two entire industries. When the US implemented major environmental laws that created significant liability concerns for the commercial real estate industry, Slutzky developed a process tool designed to mitigate the impact of environmental liability, now commonly known as the Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment. He then founded ERC, which went on to become the largest provider of Environmental Site Assessments in the US. In addition to having established the environmental due diligence industry, Slutzky co-founded the nation’s first environmental data company, ERIIS. A successor in ownership of ERIIS, EDR is currently the dominant player in the environmental data industry. David Slutzky later co-founded Skeo Solutions, a Virginia based environmental policy consulting firm, which employs 65 professionals and where he currently serves as Board Chairman.

In 2011, Slutzky founded Fermata Energy, a tech start-up that is using Vehicle-to-Grid technologies to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles while providing the energy storage needed to enable the transition of our electric power grid from coal and nuclear to renewables. Professor Slutzky is widely recognized as a thought leader in the V2G industry.

In addition to his various entrepreneurial endeavors, Mr. Slutzky served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. EPA, and later at the White House, where he coordinated the International Task Force of the President's Council on Sustainable Development. While at the White House, he focused his efforts on the environmental and labor implications of international trade agreements, such as the Multilateral Agreement on Investments.

In addition to his business activities and his service to the federal government, Mr. Slutzky was elected to serve on the Albemarle County Virginia Board of Supervisors from 2005 -2009, and was chosen to Chair the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization. Slutzky earned his BA and pursued graduate studies in Political Science at the University of Chicago, and received his law degree from the Program on Energy and the Environment at Chicago-Kent College of Law.


  • Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, Inc. Magazine and Ernst and Young, Chicago 1991

Research Interests

  • Cybersecurity
  • Optimization Models and Methods
  • Risk Management
  • Systems Integration
  • Internet of Things
  • Autonomy and Controls/Control Systems
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Smart Buildings/Cities
  • Grid/Cloud/High-performance Computing
  • Computational Statistics and Simulation/Statistical Modeling
  • Risk and Decision Analysis
  • Machine Learning and Algorithms
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water Resources
  • Wind Energy
  • Solar Power
  • Battery/Fuel Cell Technologies/Energy Harvesting
  • Infrastructure Engineering/Transportation Studies
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Electric Vehicle Technologies
  • Renewable Energy
  • Economic Efficiency in Grid Ancillary Service Markets
  • Energy Efficiency in Buildings
  • Environmental Regulations and Their Impact on the Real Estate Industry
  • Environmental Due Diligence
  • Hazardous Waste Clean-up Technologies
  • Lead Paint, Radon, Asbestos and other Environmental Hazards for Housing
  • Micro Grid Technologies
  • Energy Storage Systems

Selected Publications

  • “Simulation of an electric vehicle fleet to forecast availability of grid balancing resources” , Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium (SIEDS), 2016 JD Fitzsimmons, SJ Kritzer, VA Muthiah, JJ Parmer, TJ Rykal, MT Stone, MC Brannon, JP Wheeler, DL Slutzky, JH Lambert.
  • “Modeling and Simulation of Fleet Vehicle Batteries for Integrated Logistics and Grid Services”, in Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium (SIEDS), 2015 D.L. Slutzky, J.H Lambert and others
  • “Brownfields Uncertainty: A Proposal to Reform Superfund”, with A.J. Frey, in Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, Volume 12, Number 3, November 2010 D.L. Slutzky
  • “Systems Analysis and Adaptive Learning for Portfolio Management of Superfund Sites”, Reclaiming the Land: Rethinking Superfund Institutions, Methods and Practices, Macey, G. and Cannon, J., June, 2007. D.L. Slutzky, Peter Beling, James Lambert, F. Rahman, and George Overstreet,

Courses Taught

  • STS 2760 Technology and Policy: Where Intent Meets Process