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Upcoming Seminars

September 29, 2014
David Mitzi
Duke University

October 20, 2014
Michael Aziz
Harvard University

November 10, 2014
Amilcare Porporato
Duke University

December 8, 2014
David Ginley
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

February 16, 2015
Kartik Chandran
Columbia University

March 23, 2015
Clare Grey
University of Cambridge

April 20, 2015
Michelle Addington
Yale University

Message from the Director

Dear Friends,

One of the goals of the Andlinger Center is to become a leading source of reliable, timely information on energy and the environment for policymakers, corporate leaders, educators, students, and other interested citizens. A wealth of expertise is available to us through Princeton’s world-class faculty and researchers, and the Andlinger Center is in a position to share that expertise with others. We have an opportunity to impart the information needed to understand the environmental, societal, and economic tradeoffs of our energy choices.
One way in which we are addressing this need is by creating a series of publications called Energy Technology Distillates. Designed to provide succinct yet substantive information, these publications cover emerging topics in energy and the environment that combine technological, economic, and policy considerations. The objective is to provide the non-expert reader with the language and key concepts needed to ask informed questions, and to provide analyses that can help policy and other decision makers develop sound energy and environmental policies, laws, and regulations.

The first distillate, Grid-Scale Electricity Storage: Implications for Renewable Energy, is a collection of concise articles about energy storage, co-authored by expert faculty and researchers at Princeton, with Professor Emeritus Robert Socolow leading the effort. The report describes fundamental concepts, leading technologies, challenges associated with the intermittency of renewable energy, cost analyses, climate impacts, and important regulatory initiatives that can act to drive commercial deployment.

Academia, government, industry, and other entities must engage with one another in a collaborative way if we are to develop sustainable sources of energy and protect the environment. It is my hope that by becoming a trusted source of information, the Andlinger Center can encourage these interactions and facilitate the practical technology and policy solutions we need.
─ Emily A. Carter
Founding Director

Fellowships and research funding awarded to faculty and students

Janam Jhaveri and Jennifer Obligacion (pictured left) have been named recipients of the Maeder Graduate Fellowship in Energy and the Environment for the academic year 2014-2015. Mr. Jhaveri and Ms. Obligacion are graduate students in the departments of electrical engineering and chemistry, respectively.

The Andlinger Center and the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) have awarded funding to eight faculty research projects focused on innovation, teaching, and mentorship. The projects aim to advance understanding of problems and explore new solutions in energy and the environment and to enhance the undergraduate experience.

Seven undergraduates will conduct research on energy- and environment-related topics this summer through the Andlinger Center’s internship program, funded by the Peter B. Lewis Fund for Student Innovation in Energy and the Environment and the Dede T. Bartlett P03 Fund for Student Research in Energy and the Environment. The students, a mix of rising juniors and seniors, are from the chemistry and a variety of engineering departments.

Faculty and staff news

Claire White (above left), an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, will teach a new course in the fall of 2014: ENE 506/MSE 586/MAE 536/CEE 506/CBE 566 Synchrotron and Neutron Studies of Materials.

Barry Rand (above middle), an assistant professor of electrical engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, has been selected to receive a 3M Nontenured Faculty Award. Barry was recognized for his study of the optical and electrical properties of ultrasmall metal nanoclusters that act as emitters within thin film light emitting devices.

Jennifer Poacelli (above right), most recently the department manager in civil and environmental engineering, has joined the Andlinger Center as the new associate director for administration. Jennifer will work to bring the center into its next phase of growth, including the building fit-out and occupancy. She replaces Laura Strickler, who moved to the Office of the Executive Vice President.

Seminars bring leading researchers to Princeton

Prominent scholars in wide-ranging disciplines participated in the Andlinger Center’s 2013-2014 Highlight Seminar Series. Speakers discussed developments in biofuels and biotechnology, electricity markets and policy, wind and solar power, and more. Videos of the seminars are available on the Andlinger Center website. The 2014-2015 Highlight Seminars have been scheduled; see the sidebar above. Check the Andlinger Center website for additional seminars and events that will be added as the year progresses.

New faculty profile: Forrest Meggers

Forrest Meggers is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. He came to Princeton in September 2013 from the National University of Singapore, where he was an assistant professor in the School of Design and Environment. Meggers earned a Dr. sc. with a specialization in building systems from ETH Zurich, and an M.S. in environmental engineering from the University of Iowa. This summer he will begin work on a research project entitled Beyond Shading: New materials, technologies, and forms for cool spaces with colleagues in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Recently, he organized a symposium about architectural technology entitled Backwards+Forwards: The history and future of technical research in architecture and buildings at Princeton. Read the full article here.
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