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About the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment supports a vibrant and expanding program of research and teaching in the areas of sustainable energy, energy efficiency, and environmental protection and remediation related to energy. A chief goal of the center is to translate fundamental knowledge into practical solutions that enable sustainable energy production and the protection of the environment and global climate from energy-related anthropogenic change.

The center was founded in July 2008 through an extraordinary $100 million gift from international business leader Gerhard R. Andlinger ’52. A stunning complex of research, teaching, and garden spaces to house the center was completed in 2016.

Since its founding, the center has experienced a rapid period of growth, with seven faculty hired, high-risk/high-payoff research catalyzed, partnerships with industry forged, and unique educational programs launched.

Selected Milestones in Energy Research and Outreach at Princeton


  • Gift from Gerhard Andlinger ’52 establishes the center.


  • Emily Carter is named founding director of the Andlinger Center.


  • First annual call for research proposals is issued seeking innovative and multidisciplinary projects in energy and the environment.
  • Undergraduate students receive first summer internship awards.
  • Highlight Seminar lecture series is inaugurated to build intellectual community.
  • The Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership program is launched to enable academic and industry collaborations.


  • Construction of the Andlinger Center’s home begins.
  • First graduate fellowship is awarded.


  • Energy Technology and Society certificate enrolls first students.
  • The center’s first joint faculty hires arrive: Barry Rand — assistant professor of electrical engineering, Daniel Steingart — assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Claire White — assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering.


  • Publication of the first Energy Technology Distillate, one in a series of publications that provides succinct, substantive information on emerging energy technologies to policymakers, corporate leaders, educators, students, and other interested citizens.


  • The Energy Systems Analysis Group joins the Andlinger Center.
  • The center assumes management of the Sustainable Energy certificate program.


  • The Andlinger Center complex is completed.
  • Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo becomes new director of the Andlinger Center. Emily Carter steps down to become Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University.