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John Nay

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John Jacob Nay

John Jacob Nay

Office: Jacobs 270

PMB 407702
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240




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Ph.D. Candidate, Vanderbilt University
Fellow, Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and the Environment


B.A. with High Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa, University of Virginia

Professional Experience

  • Policy Assistant, AnnDyl Policy Group LLC, Energy and Environmental Policy Strategy Firm, Washington, D.C.
  • Congressional Intern, Office of the Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.


Application of machine learning and data-driven simulation modeling to predicting complex systems.

Honors & Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Harold Stirling Vanderbilt Graduate Fellowship
  • Senator John Warner Public Leadership Research Grant
  • Z Society Sullivan Research Grant
  • Raven Society Research Fellow


Nay, J., Abkowitz, M., Chu, E., Gallagher, D., Wright, H., (2014), “A review of decision-support models for adaptation to climate change in the context of development.” Climate and Development.

Nay, J., Gilligan, J., (Forthcoming), "Data-Driven Dynamic Decision Models." Winter Simulation Conference Proceedings 2015.

datafsm: Software Package for Estimating Finite State Machine Models from Data


Nay, J. (2014) Predicting Cooperation and Designing Institutions: An Integration of Behavioral Data, Machine Learning, and Simulation. Winter Simulation Conference, Savannah, Georgia.

Jacobi, J., Gilligan, J., Nay, J. (2013), “The Influence of Seasonal Forecast Accuracy on Farmer Behavior: An Agent-Based Modeling Approach.” American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California.

*Nay, J., Ackerly, B., Gilligan, J., Goodbred, S. (2013), “Understanding Coastal Social-Ecological Systems: An Integrated Social, Environmental, and Engineering Perspective.” International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Nay, J., Abkowitz, M. (2013), “Employing a Systems Approach to Mainstreaming Community-Based Adaptation into National and Local Planning.” 7th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

*Nay, J., Abkowitz, M. (2013), “Integrative Systems Analysis Tools to Inform Climate Adaptation.” Vanderbilt University Civil & Environmental Engineering Department Seminar Series, Nashville, Tennessee.

Nay, J. (2012), “Bangladeshi Insights for the Politically Feasible U.S. Climate Policy.” University of Virginia Research Network 12th Annual Research Symposium, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Nay, J. (2012), “Sustainability Assessment of the University of Virginia School of Architecture: Lessons Learned.” 23rd Annual Environment Virginia Symposium, Lexington, Virginia.

(* invited presentations)