The Ajello Professorship in Energy and Environmental Policy

The Ajello Professorship was created in 2018 to catalyze programs in the field of energy and environmental policy. Launched with a five-year, $250,000 gift from Maxwell School alumnus James Ajello ’76 MPA, the professorship emphasizes interdisciplinary research and introduces new opportunities for not only faculty members, but graduate and undergraduate students as well. The inaugural holder of the professorship is Maxwell faculty member Peter Wilcoxen.

The Ajello Professor’s portfolio includes:


The professor oversees interdisciplinary pilot projects connecting Maxwell faculty with colleagues from across Syracuse University, and linking Maxwell-based expertise in

  • energy and environmental economics,
  • behavioral economics,
  • data integration and analytics,
  • randomized controlled trials,
  • geographic information systems,

and other areas with University-based expertise in such fields as electricity generation and distribution, renewable energy, cybersecurity, information technology, and regulatory law, among many others.


The Ajello Professor trains graduate students (via research apprenticeships) and advanced undergraduate students (via internships) in research methods, and involves those students in interdisciplinary, real-world projects sponsored by the professorship.

Industry Liaison

As part of the Ajello program, CEPA will assemble an advisory group of government and industry experts, providing real-world input on energy and environmental issues, thereby shaping research priorities and advising the School on skills most needed by students conducting research and entering the field.