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Upcoming Seminars

October 14, 2013
Markus Pauly, University of California, Berkeley
 Plant biotechnology for biofuels

November 11, 2013
Willett Kempton, University of Delaware
 Offshore wind and vehicle to grid power

December 9, 2013
Menachem Elimelech, Yale University
Membranes and desalination  

February 10, 2014
Benjamin F. Hobbs, Johns Hopkins University
 Environmental and energy systems analysis

March 10, 2014
Richard Sayre, New Mexico Consortium
 Biofuels feedstocks

April 28, 2014
David Perreault, MIT
 Power circuits and control

All seminars held at 4:30 pm
Computer Science 104

Message from the Director

Dear Friends,

Now that the semester is underway, I would like to welcome you to the Fall edition of the Andlinger Center newsletter. This year we have been fortunate to welcome several new members of our growing team. Two junior faculty, jointly appointed in the Andlinger Center and their home departments, have already begun their research and plans for teaching. Barry Rand, in electrical engineering, works in thin film semiconductors and electronics, photovoltaics, and solar energy conversion. Claire White, in civil and environmental engineering, focuses on green cement manufacturing and carbon sequestration. Forrest Meggers, an expert in sustainable building systems and technology, has arrived on campus as an associate research scholar in architecture and will join the architecture and Andlinger faculty on February 1, 2014. As you’ll read below, new and returning visitors and staff have also come on board.

It’s been exciting to watch the construction of the new building at the corner of Olden and Prospect streets as it transitions from below street level to several stories above ground. The building foundations are in place and crews are focused on pouring concrete decks and completing the structural steel. The look and feel of the building becomes more apparent by the day. Work on the brick and masonry façade will begin soon and is scheduled to be complete by next summer. Occupancy is on target for spring 2015.

The year promises to be full of developments and activities. I hope you will join us in welcoming our new faculty and staff, and participate by attending our Highlight Seminars. Your feedback is always welcome at

─ Emily A. Carter
Founding Director

Faculty, staff, and visitor news

Michael Schwartz, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Visiting Professor in Energy and the Environment, has been reappointed for the 2013-2014 academic year. He is teaching ENE 558/CBE 558/CEE 585: U.S. Shale Gas and Tight Oil: Implications and Opportunities this semester. In the spring semester 2014, he will teach ENE 587/WWS 586H: Managing the Transition to a Clean Energy Economy: The Technology, Policy and Commercial Dynamics of Renewable Power in the U.S., and CEE 304/ENE 304: Environmental Implications of Energy Technologies.

Peter Jaffe, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was recently named the Andlinger Center’s Associate Director for Research. As part of his portfolio, he will help to administer the center’s seed grant processes, which make research funds available to individual faculty and collaborative groups to initiate bold new research directions related to the Andlinger Center’s mission.

Scott Jennings is PSEG’s Visiting Associate Professional Specialist this year through the Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership. Mr. Jennings is Vice President of Mergers, Acquisitions, and Development for PSEG Services Corporation and holds positions with PSEG Global and PSEG Resources.

Robert Eich has joined the Andlinger Center as the Program and Financial Assistant. Robert will plan and execute events and assist in the daily operations of the center. 

Grants awarded for research into flood risks and battery chemistry

Princeton researchers are leading a flood risk study that has received $2.3 million in funding from the Rockefeller Foundation. The project, “New Directions in Coastal Resilient Designs – Four Integrated Designs,” is a comprehensive study of the flood risks of vulnerable coastal populations in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. The effort is a collaboration between the Andlinger Center and the School of Architecture, with partners at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, and City College of New York. Guy Nordenson, a professor of architecture and a member of the Andlinger Center Executive Committee, is the lead investigator.
Dan Steingart, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, was awarded a grant through the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Together with collaborators at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of California, San Diego, Steingart will develop unique alkaline battery chemistry for use in electric vehicles. This new technology uses abundant and inexpensive materials structured to enable longer battery cycle life. The grant provides close to $1 million for one year of research.

Certificate program in technology and society seeks students from all disciplines

Enrollment in the Certificate Program in Technology and Society is open to students from all disciplines. The new energy track of the program, launched last year, aims to bring together students from across divisions and provide them with a comprehensive program of courses, research, and activities in the subject of energy technologies and their impact on society and the environment. Information sessions will be held on October 15, November 13, and November 18, 2013.

Save the date: E-ffiliates annual meeting

The Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership, formerly known as the Princeton Energy and Environment Corporate Affiliates Program, will hold its second annual meeting on November 15, 2013. The Keynote Speaker will be Cheryl A. LaFleur ’75, Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Members of the E-ffiliates Partnership, faculty, and industry leaders will discuss topics such as climate adaptation and advances in energy technologies. Last year, the event drew more than 150 attendees. The deadline for registration is November 1, 2013.

New faculty profile: Barry Rand

Barry Rand joined the faculty on July 1st as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Andlinger Center. Previously, he was a senior researcher at the Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre vzw in Leuven, Belgium, where his work focused on the optimization and feasibility of organic solar cells. Professor Rand received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton in 2006. He will teach ELE 557/ENE 557 Solar Cells: Physics, Materials and Technology in the spring semester 2014. Read the full article here.
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