Cory is a teacher and researcher who strives to reduce the harmful effects of energy production and use. Teaching has always been his central passion. He started as a group tutor in college, which led him to his full time career as an Assistant Professor of Instruction at Temple University in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has also taught a course "Electric Vehicles and the Grid" at the University of Delaware. He employs innovative instructional methods such as problem based learning, flipping the classroom, and teaching through interactive games. He finds it rewarding to reach students with these methods who may not have been reached by traditional lectures.

His main research focuses on the question: What would our energy system look like if we make the shift towards 100% renewable energy and how much would the system cost? The research focuses not on a single energy system (electricity, transportation, agriculture), but the interaction among systems and taking a systems thinking approach. His research has appeared in Discovery News, The Huffington Post, Scientific American, and Rolling Stone Magazine. He has presented his work all over the country including on the TEDx stage. He has done consulting work, including for the Chief Investment Officer of JPMorgan Chase, Michael Cembalest.

Cory received his Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware. He spent 8 years at Delaware Technical and Community College in the Energy Management Department as an Instructor and Department Chair before transitioning to his current role at Temple University.

When Cory is not educating or researching, he enjoys backpacking, yoga, volleyball, and hiking with his family.

More information about Cory can be found at

Research Interests

  • Decarbonization of the energy system, Problem based learning enhanced by flipping the classroom

Courses Taught




ENGR 1101

Introduction to Engineering & Engineering Technology


ENGR 1901

Honors Introduction to Engineering


ENGR 2900

Honors Special Topics: Solving the Climate Crisis


ECE 3512

Signals: Continuous and Discrete


ECE 3912

Honors Signals: Continuous and Discrete


Selected Publications


  • Sadeghipour, K., Brookstein, D., Fagan, S., & Budischak, C. (2020). WIP Introducing design thinking in first-year engineering education. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings, 2020-June.

  • Santos-Alamillos, F.J., Archer, C.L., Noel, L., Budischak, C., & Facciolo, W. (2017). Assessing the economic feasibility of the gradual decarbonization of a large electric power system. Journal of Cleaner Production, 147, pp. 130-141. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.01.097

  • Budischak, C., Sewell, D.A., Thomson, H., Mach, L., Veron, D.E., & Kempton, W. (2013). Corrigendum to “Cost-minimized combinations of wind power, solar power and electrochemical storage, powering the grid up to 99.9% of the time” [J. Power Sources 225 (2013) 60–74] (S0378775312014759) (10.1016/j.jpowsour.2012.09.054)). Journal of Power Sources, 232, p. 402. doi: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2013.01.046

  • Budischak, C., Koepf, E., & Opila, R. (2011). A mobile solar-pv demonstration system for hands-on learning and curriculum development. ASME 2011 5th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, ES 2011(PARTS A, B, AND C), pp. 819-826. doi: 10.1115/ES2011-54110

  • Budischak, C. & Goossen, K.W. (2011). Increased efficiency of photovoltaic module via groundwater cooling: Energy and economic considerations. ASME 2011 5th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, ES 2011(PARTS A, B, AND C), pp. 1051-1058. doi: 10.1115/ES2011-54878

  • Budischak, C., Honsberg, C., & Opila, R.L. (2008). Electroanalytic effects of ultrasound on a hydrogen evolution reaction in KOH. Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. doi: 10.1109/PVSC.2008.4922774