Patrick Murphy, PhD, is a Senior Scientist at PSE Healthy Energy, where he researches clean energy transitions with a focus on resilience and energy equity.

Dr. Murphy has 20 years of experience as an energy and systems engineer, operations research analyst, research program manager and military intelligence officer. He holds a PhD in Operations Research from George Washington University, a Master’s in Science Policy, also from GWU, and Bachelor’s Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Political Theory from the University of Notre Dame.

He has applied his training and experience to helping to solve hard problems related to energy access, CO2 reduction and mitigation, and security technologies. He has helped researchers focus their work to pursue funding from strategic partners and public sector agencies. He researched and implemented environmentally and economically sustainable energy solutions in the US and Africa, with a focus on resilient energy systems and the economics of reliability. He managed resilient power systems research in the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) to prevent and mitigate outages caused by natural and man-made disasters. He consulted for various government and defense agencies to optimize research portfolios for future military systems and developed decision support analysis models to predict development and integration timelines over decades for multi-billion-dollar technology systems. Prior to his civilian career, Dr. Murphy was an Army intelligence officer deployed in the former Yugoslavia.

As a common thread across these missions, Dr. Murphy assembled, led, and contributed to collaborative teams of experts from non-governmental organizations, academia, government and industry to work toward a secure and sustainable future.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Twaha, M.A.M. Ramli, P.M. Murphy, M.U. Mukhtiar, (2016), “Renewable based distributed generation in Uganda: Resource potential and status of exploitation,” Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol 57, May 2016, Pages 786-798

P.M. Murphy, S. Twaha, I.S. Murphy, (2014), “Analysis of the cost of reliable electricity: A new method for analyzing grid connected solar, diesel and hybrid distributed electricity systems considering an unreliable electric grid, with examples in Uganda,” Energy, Volume 66, 1 March 2014, Pages 523-534

P.M. Murphy, (2013) “Electricity and development: a risk-based analysis of grid extension and distributed energy resources,” Society for Risk Analysis, 2013 Annual Meeting, Risk Analysis for Better Policies, 8-11 December, Baltimore, MD

Select Publications and Presentations

N. Vonortas, P. Murphy, (2002), “Strategic Innovation Alliances,” Knowledgebase for Sustainable Development an Insight into the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems” UNESCO

“Communications Dependency on Electric Power Working Group Report, Long-Term Outage Study,” for National Communications System Committee of Principals, co-author responsible for Chapter 9: Risk Management Assessments

Invited Speaker, “CE3: Connectivity, Electricity, and Education for Entrepreneurship,” 2014 Catholic Relief Services ICT4D: Building Resilience Through Innovation Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, March 2014

Invited Speaker, “Electricity for ICT4D: Estimating the cost of reliable electricity from grid extension and distributed energy resources,” Catholic Relief Services ICT4D: Building Resilience Through Innovation Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, March 2014

Invited Speaker, “Connectivity, Electricity, and Education for Entrepreneurship (CE3) on Energy for Intelligent Communities, 2013 Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF) Institute Global Symposium, Canton. OH, October 2013

Invited Speaker “Employing Energy Efficiency Advances as a Catalyst for Post-Conflict Nation Building,” 7th Annual Military Energy Alternatives, Falls Church, VA, March 2012

Invited Speaker and Chair “Reviewing Backup Power Needs for Military Bases to Achieve Independence,” for 6th annual “Military Energy Alternatives” conference, Washington, D.C., Feb 2011

“Resilient Electric Grid” speaker at the International Electrical Infrastructure Assurance Forum, 2nd Annual meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland, May 2008

“Resilient Electric Grid” speaker at Australia-US Bilateral Science and Technology Agreement Discussions, Canberra, Australia, November 2007


(Applied) Limb, Scott J. (Palo Alto, CA, US), Murphy, Patrick (San Francisco, CA, US) “2020 DECOY SECURITY BASED ON STRESS-ENGINEERED SUBSTRATES,” United States, Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated (Palo Alto, CA, US) 20200172430