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Adam Burrows

Professor of Astrophysical Sciences

Andlinger Center Associated Faculty

Location:  105 Peyton Hall
Phone Number:  609-258-3590
Email Address: burrows@astro.princeton.edu

Research Description:

General energy studies; fission and fusion; climate change; battery technology; policy

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Rene Carmona

Paul M. Wythes '55 Professor of Engineering and Finance

Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering

Andlinger Center Executive Committee

Location: 210 Sherrerd Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-2310
Email Address: rcarmona@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Commodity and energy markets (e.g. oil, electricity, natural gas, coal); market mechanisms to control greenhouse gas emissions; game theoretic analyses of the energy/emissions markets with emphasis on the policy implications of their designs

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Jianqing Fan

Frederick L. Moore, Class of 1918, Professor in Finance

Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering

Andlinger Center Associated Faculty

Location: 205 Sherrerd Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-7924
Email Address: jqfan@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Risk modeling, statistics, financial econometrics, analysis of big data, computational biology, machine learning, probabilistic tropical cyclone risk modeling

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Michael Ford

Associate Laboratory Director for Engineering, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)

Location: PPPL, MS-38, LSB 380
Phone Number: 609-243-2866
Email Address: mjford@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Technology development and engineering risk; assessment of complex technologies that may support decarbonization of the energy system.  Fission and fusion systems R&D; reactor safeguards, regulatory policy and proliferation risk; Research employs process modeling, systems engineering, engineering economics, and quantitative risk and decision analysis.

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Alexander Glaser

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and International Affairs, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

Co-Director, Program in Science and Global Security

Andlinger Center Associated Faculty

Location: 202 221 Nassau St.
Phone Number: 609-258-5692
Email Address: aglaser@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Nuclear power (fission/fusion); nuclear fuel cycle/nonproliferation; neutronics calculations for new systems (e.g. small modular reactors; safeguards and verification; energy policy)

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Noreen Goldman

Hughes-Rogers Professor of Demography and Public Affairs, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

Andlinger Center Associated Faculty

Location: 243 Wallace Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-5724
Email Address: ngoldman@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Role of environment in human health; social and economic factors on adult health and the physiological pathways through which these factors operate

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Robert Goldston

Professor of Astrophysical Sciences

Andlinger Center Associated Faculty

Location: MS41 C-Site B319 PPL
Phone Number: 609-243-3550
Email Address: rjg@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Experimental plasma physics, plasma heating and transport for fusion energy. Edge power handling. Fusion reactor and power plant designs, including tokamak, spherical torus, and stellarator configurations. Socio-economic aspects of nuclear energy, particularly nuclear proliferation risks

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Christopher Greig

Theodora D. ’78 and William H. Walton III ’74 Senior Research Scientist at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Gerhard R. Andlinger Visiting Fellow in Energy and the Environment (2018-2020)

Andlinger Center Executive Committee

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Phone Number: 609-258-7833
Email Address: cgreig@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Chris Greig is the Theodora D. and William H. Walton III Senior Research Scientist at Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. He has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), and holds an adjunct professorial appointment at the University of Queensland in Australia.

 

His ten-year academic career follows almost three decades of international experience in the private sector, firstly as a company founder, and then in senior executive and non-executive director roles in major engineering, energy, and resources companies. These included the CEO of ZeroGen (one of the early CCS ventures), the Deputy Chair of Gladstone Ports Corp, and the Non-Executive Director of several listed engineering firms.

 

At Princeton, Chris initiated the Rapid Switch Initiative at the Andlinger Center and is an Affiliated Faculty member of Princeton’s High Meadows Environmental Institute. His research combines, engineering, business, and social sciences to explore the challenges of rapid decarbonization for different regions and sectors. He is particularly focused on how to bridge modeled energy scenarios and real-world implementation. He co-led Princeton’s influential Net-Zero America (2020) study which describes five net-zero emissions pathways for the United States at an unprecedented level of detail.  Chris is also leading Princeton’s efforts on similar collaborative studies with universities in Australia, and Asia.

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Darren R. Hammell

Andlinger Center Non-Resident Fellow

Gerhard R. Andlinger Visiting Fellow (2018-2020)

Location: 226 Andlinger Center
Phone Number: 201-738-0172
Email Address: dhammell@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Entrepreneurship in energy and energy innovation, especially the impacts of emerging alternative and renewable energy technologies on solar and storage, transportation electrification, and electricity in the developing world

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Simon Levin

James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Andlinger Center Associated Faculty

Location: 203 Eno Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-6880
Email Address: slevin@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Ecosystem and biosphere-level maintenance of macroscopic patterns and processes; evolution of diversification; mathematical modeling; evolution and ecology of dispersal; strain structure in influenza; public goods problems and environmental economics

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Ning Lin

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Andlinger Center Associated Faculty

Location: E328 Engineering Quad
Phone Number: 609-258-0266
Email Address: nlin@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Natural hazards and risk assessment, stochastic modeling, wind engineering, coastal engineering, climate change impact and adaptation, and built environment and sustainability; the study of tropical cyclones and associated weather extremes (e.g., strong winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surge), how they change with climate, and how their impact on the natural and built environment can be mitigated

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Douglas Massey

Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School

Director, Office of Population Research

Director, Program in Population Studies

Location: 239 Wallace Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-4949
Email Address: dmassey@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Issues of international migration caused by environmental change

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Denise Mauzerall

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Public and International Affairs, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and CEE

Andlinger Center Executive Committee

Location: E412 Engineering Quad E-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-2498
Email Address: mauzeral@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Analysis of air quality and climate impacts of various energy technologies (coal, gas, solar, wind) with the goal of identifying options with maximum co-benefits. Analysis of China’s energy future and options for air quality, health, and climate co-benefits. Effect of nitrogen, ozone, and water on sustainable intensification of crop production. Measurement of methane leakage from older U.S. natural gas infrastructure

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Richard Moss

Andlinger Center Non-Resident fellow

Senior scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Joint Global Change Research Institute, University of Maryland

Gerhard R. Andlinger Visiting Fellow in Energy and the Environment (2019-2020)

Location: 226 Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Phone Number: 609-258-5158
Email Address: rmoss@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Moss’s research focuses on the role of human agency and decision making in global environmental changes such as climate change. While at the Andlinger Center, Moss is working on coastal adaptation and resilience, focusing on decision support for development of time-dependent adaptation pathways. Moss is also researching the co-evolution of coupled human-natural systems and factors that facilitate or limit interdisciplinary scientific collaboration. He has published on climate scenarios, uncertainty characterization, and adaptation.

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Michael Oppenheimer

Director of the Center for Policy Research on Energy and Environment

Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences, International Affairs, and the High Meadows Environmental Institute

Andlinger Center Associated Faculty

Location: 3-C-13 Green Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-2338
Email Address: omichael@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Climate change science and policy, sea-level rise, adaptation, climate-driven migration

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John Pickering

Andlinger Center Non-Resident Fellow

Chief Executive Officer, Evidn.

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Email Address: jpickering@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Specializes in the design and delivery of population-level behavior change programs

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Warren Powell

Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering

Andlinger Center Associated Faculty

Location: 230 Sherrerd Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-5373
Email Address: powell@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Models for the design and control of a broad range of problems in energy systems, emphasizing problems that involve decisions and uncertainty. A major focus has been the study of high penetrations of renewables, and the design and control of energy storage systems. We are also working on models for driverless fleets of electric vehicles, uncertainty models of wind, solar and electricity prices, and the economics of energy portfolios.

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Esteban Rossi-Hansberg

Theodore A. Wells '29 Professor of Economics and International Affairs

Andlinger Center Associated Faculty

Location: 289 Julis Romo Rabinowitz
Phone Number: 609-258-4024
Email Address: erossi@princeton.edu

Research Description:

The distribution of economic activity in space and its evolution over time. Economic links between locations and how they are determined by trade in goods, migration, and commuting. The organization of economic activity and how it is affected by global phenomena like climate change and coastal inundation.

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Eldar Shafir

Class of 1987 Professor in Behavioral Science and Public Policy

Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs

Inaugural Director, Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science & Public Policy

Andlinger Center Associated Faculty

Location: 531 Peretsman Scully Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-5624
Email Address: shafir@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Behavioral interventions; reasoning, judgment, and decision-making, and issues related to behavioral economics, with an emphasis on descriptive studies of how people make judgments and decisions in situations of conflict and uncertainty

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Ronnie Sircar

Chair, Operations Research and Financial Engineering

Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering

Andlinger Center Associated Faculty

Location: 105 Sherrerd Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-2841
Email Address: sircar@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Game-theoretic models of energy and emissions markets, with emphasis on policy implications; economics of exhaustible resources, including modeling of shifts in energy markets toward intermittent alternative sources such as solar and wind technologies; dynamic models to help design incentives for greener fuel production; financialization of energy and commodities markets; risk quantification of electricity grids under increased stochasticity from renewables penetration.

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Elke U. Weber

Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment

Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

Associate Director for Education, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Andlinger Center Executive Committee

Location: 86 Olden Street
Phone Number: 646-896-9410
Email Address: eweber@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Questions at the intersection of psychology, economics, engineering, and policy that address the importance and role of descriptive/behavioral models of judgment and decision-making under risk and uncertainty and for decisions with long time horizons in environmental and energy-related decision making and policy. Psychologically appropriate ways to measure and model individual, group, or cultural differences in risk taking and time discounting across domains.

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David Wilcove

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs and the High Meadows Environmental Institute

Andlinger Center Associated Faculty

Location: 3-C-10 Green Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-7118
Email Address: dwilcove@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Environmental policy; conservation of biodiversity; effects of land-use change and climate change on biodiversity; impact of agriculture on biodiversity

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Wei Xiong

Hugh Leander and Mary Trumbull Adams Professor for the Study of Investment and Financial Markets

Professor of Economics

Andlinger Center Associated Faculty

Location: 201 26 Prospect Avenue
Phone Number: 609-258-0282
Email Address: wxiong@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Financialization of commodity and energy markets; effects of financial market frictions; behavioral finance

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