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Experts on renewable energy

The search to find and implement alternate energy sources that don’t use fossil fuels or emit greenhouse gases gets more urgent as the effects of climate change grow. Our experts on renewable energy can discuss some of the main alternatives to oil, gas, and coal, and how these renewable fuels can be manufactured and used in way that keeps costs down while also having a high impact.

Ravindra  Datta
Ravindra Datta
Affiliate Professor
Chemical Engineering

Professor Datta's work spans decades of applying the principles of kinetics, catalysis, and reaction engineering to energy challenges. He says while the long-term solution is renewable energy, much can be accomplished in... Read More

Brajendra  Mishra
Brajendra Mishra
Kenneth G. Merriam Professor & Director, MPI
Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Professor Mishra focuses on the improvement in resource productivity and environmental stewardship through process and product development of materials using recovery and recycling, introducing advanced alloys and... Read More

David J. Olinger

Professor Olinger's research focuses on using tethered wings and kites in water or air to extract energy from ocean currents, tidal flows, and wind flows. Experiments, numerical simulations, and control system methods are... Read More

Sarah  Strauss

Professor Strauss offers a wide array of expertise in health-related aspects of human interaction with the environment. She has studied climate change and sustainability issues focusing on perception and behavior related to... Read More

Michael T. Timko

Professor Timko studies the environmental and engineering aspects of clean energy technologies, with a specific emphasis on liquid transportation fuels. His work involves studying the fundamental chemical engineering science... Read More

Eric Mosher Young

Prof. Young is an expert in yeast, genetic engineering and synthetic biology. His research uses machine learning, directed evolution, gene editing, metabolic engineering, and genetic circuits to make yeast cell factories for... Read More