The COVID-19 pandemic has made vivid and real the risks of an uncontrolled virus. Risks posed by climate change are also becoming more palpable every day. At the forefront of understanding these risks, universities are developing solutions by connecting science, engineering, business, and public policy disciplines. Along with industry and governments, universities are critical to developing affordable and sustainable solutions to meet the world’s energy needs and achieve net-zero emission goals. Can the dual challenge of more energy and lower emissions be met? What is some of the most promising energy and climate research at universities? Beyond research, what are the roles and responsibilities of universities in the energy transition?
Senior Vice President & Chief Energy Strategist
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Director, MIT Energy Initiative; Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering
Director of Precourt Institute for Energy, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics, Baker Institute and Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies