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Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment


Emily A. Carter

Associate Director

Paul J. Chirik (External Partnerships)

Peter R. Jaffe (Research)

Niraj K. Jha (Education)

Executive Committee

José L. Avalos, also Chemical and Biological Engineering

Emily A. Carter, also Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics

Paul J. Chirik, Chemistry

Peter R. Jaffe, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Niraj K. Jha, Electrical Engineering

Egemen Kolemen, also Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab

Forrest M. Meggers, also Architecture

François Morel, Geosciences

Michael Oppenheimer, Woodrow Wilson School, Geosciences

Stewart C. Prager, Astrophysical Sciences

Barry P. Rand, also Electrical Engineering

James A. Smith, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Daniel A. Steingart, also Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Claire E. White, also Civil and Environmental Engineering


Emily A. Carter, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics

Assistant Professor

José L. Avalos, also Chemical and Biological Engineering

Egemen Kolemen, also Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab

Forrest M. Meggers, also Architecture

Barry P. Rand, also Electrical Engineering

Daniel A. Steingart, also Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Claire E. White, also Civil and Environmental Engineering

[0771] Visiting Professor

Mitchell Small, also Civil and Environmental Engineering

Fabian Wagner, also Woodrow Wilson School

Associated Faculty

Craig B. Arnold, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Rene A. Carmona, Operations Research and Financial Engineering

Michael A. Celia, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Christopher F. Chyba, Woodrow Wilson School, Astrophysical Sciences

Pablo G. Debenedetti, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Claire F. Gmachl, Electrical Engineering

Mikko Haataja, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Yiguang Ju, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Chung K. Law, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

A. James Link, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Yueh-Lin Loo, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Denise L. Mauzerall, Woodrow Wilson School, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Guy J.P. Nordenson, Architecture

H. Vincent Poor, Electrical Engineering

Warren B. Powell, Operations Research and Financial Engineering

Richard A. Register, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Sankaran Sundaresan, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Jorge L. Sarmiento, Geosciences

Eldar Shafir, Psychology

James C. Sturm, Electrical Engineering

Addressing the ever-increasing worldwide demand for energy, while minimizing impact on the environment, is the primary key to a sustainable future. The Andlinger Center brings together researchers and educators in the interdisciplinary fields of engineering, architecture, the social and natural sciences, and public policy to address this fundamental challenge of the 21st century. It draws upon several fields of study including energy efficiency, renewable energy, pollutant detection and remediation, energy storage, electricity transmission, sustainable manufacturing/chemistry, carbon capture and storage, and the social science of energy and the environment.

The center consists of faculty drawn from diverse disciplines: architecture, astrophysical sciences, atmospheric and oceanic sciences, chemical and biological engineering, chemistry, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, ecology and evolutionary biology, economics, electrical engineering, geosciences, mechanical and aerospace engineering, near eastern studies, environmental studies, psychology, operations research and financial engineering, physics, and policy.

An important goal of the center is to provide Princeton undergraduates with the opportunity to explore issues related to energy and the environment in a multi-dimensional fashion. These dimensions include generation and deployment of energy systems, quantitative analysis of their impact on economic growth and society, and evaluation of their impact on climate change and the environment. The center aims to produce future leaders who will place us on a sustainable trajectory with their work on science, engineering, architecture, economics, public policy, and environmental issues related to energy systems.

The center offers a certificate program in technology and society, in conjunction with the Keller Center. This program has two tracks: energy and information technology. It is aimed at humanities and social science concentrators. The center also administers the Program in Sustainable Energy that meets the needs of science and engineering concentrators. Further information is available at the center's website.


ENE 202 Designing Sustainable Systems (also ARC 208/EGR 208/ENV 206)   Spring STN

The course presents anthropogenic global changes and their impact on sustainable design. The course focuses on the mechanistic understanding of the underlying principles based in simple concepts from natural and applied sciences. Based on a reflection of successes and failures, it indicates the feasibility of the necessary changes and critically discusses alternatives. The material is presented in 2 parts: 1) Global Change and Environmental Impacts: studying our influences on basic natural systems and cycles, and 2) Designing Sustainable Systems: studying potential solutions to these challenges through an applied design project. F. Meggers

ENE 203 Fundamentals of Solid Earth Science (see GEO 203)

ENE 221 Thermodynamics (see MAE 221)

ENE 228 Energy Technologies in the 21st Century (see MAE 228)

ENE 305 Environmental Fluid Mechanics (see CEE 305)

ENE 308 Engineering the Climate: Technical & Policy Challenges (also MAE 308/GEO 308)  

This seminar focuses on the science, engineering, policy and ethics of climate engineering -- the deliberate human intervention in the world climate in order to reduce global warming. Climate/ocean models and control theory are introduced. The technology, economics, and climate response for the most favorable climate engineering methods (carbon dioxide removal, solar radiation management) are reviewed. Policy and ethics challenges are discussed. E. Kolemen

ENE 309 Science and Technology of Nuclear Energy: Fission and Fusion (see AST 309)

ENE 311 Global Air Pollution (see CEE 311)

ENE 328 Energy for a Greenhouse-Constrained World (see MAE 328)

ENE 334 Global Environmental Issues (see CEE 334)

ENE 366 Climate Change: Impacts, Adaptation, Policy (see GEO 366)

ENE 414 Renewable Energy Systems  

A thorough introduction to renewable energy systems. Students will learn the physical, chemical, and engineering principles underlying renewable energy (RE) technologies: principles of operation of RE systems and technical challenges in planning and installing them; environmental and social impacts of energy technologies; challenges of integrating RE sources into existing energy systems; energy technology innovation systems; and economics of RE systems. Implications of transition to RE-dominated systems will be evaluated. The national and international policy context for RE will also be discussed. F. Wagner

ENE 418 Fundamentals of Biofuels (also CBE 418)   Spring STN

This course defines biofuels, and explains why we should make them. It presents the challenges and opportunities of sustainable biofuels, addressing issues of land use, and competition with food production. It describes production processes of first generation, and cellulosic ethanol. It covers microbial engineering to improve production, or make new advanced biofuels. It describes the use of photosynthetic organisms such as algae, which fix carbon directly from the atmosphere to make biofuels. It addresses the environmental, economic and societal impact of biofuels, and how they can fulfill their promise as a renewable source of energy. J. Avalos

ENE 421 Catalytic Chemistry (see CBE 421)

ENE 423 Heat Transfer (see MAE 423)

ENE 425 Introductory Seismology (see GEO 424)

ENE 427 Energy Conversion and the Environment: Transportation Applications (see MAE 427)

ENE 431 Solar Energy Conversion (see ELE 431)

ENE 441 Solid-State Physics I (see ELE 441)

ENE 442 Solid-State Physics II (see ELE 442)

ENE 453 Wind Turbine Aerodynamics and Technology (also MAE 453)  

The course addresses basic wind turbine technology such as aerodynamics, control and structural aspects. Theory will be provided that can be used to predict the aerodynamic loads on the wind turbine blades and their impact on the structure with respect to internal loads and deflections. The influence of the stochastic loads from atmospheric turbulence will be addressed and the structural dynamics of a wind turbine and possible instabilities will also be covered. Small computer programs will be written based on the lectured theory and verified in some papers. Staff

ENE 477 Engineering Design for Sustainable Development (see CEE 477)