Robert Armstrong

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Director, MIT Energy Initiative; Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Robert C. Armstrong, Director, MIT Energy Initiative, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is also the Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT. The MIT Energy Initiative is an Institute-wide enterprise linking science, technology, and policy to transform the world’s energy systems. A member of the MIT faculty since 1973, Dr. Armstrong served as Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1996 to 2007. His research interests include energy, the rheology of complex materials, and polymer fluid mechanics. In 2008, Dr. Armstrong was elected into the National Academy of Engineering for conducting outstanding research on non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, co-authoring landmark textbooks, and providing leadership in chemical engineering education. He received the Warren K. Lewis Award and the Professional Progress Award in 1992, both from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the 2006 Bingham Medal from the Society of Rheology, which is devoted to the study of the science of deformation and flow of matter. Dr. Armstrong was a member of MIT’s Future of Natural Gas and Future of Solar Energy study groups and co-edited Game Changers: Energy on the Move with former US Secretary of State George P. Shultz.

Sessions With Robert Armstrong

Monday, 1 March

  • 01:00pm - 01:30pm (CST) / 01/mar/2021 07:00 pm - 01/mar/2021 07:30 pm

    Agora Studio

    Agora Studio: New Horizons for Energy & Climate Research

    Panel Innovation & Technology Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability

    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?

Friday, 5 March

  • 12:00pm - 12:30pm (CST) / 05/mar/2021 06:00 pm - 05/mar/2021 06:30 pm


    Will Energy Innovation Deliver?

    Panel Clean Tech Digitalization Innovation & Technology Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability Decarbonization Pathways
    It’s harder than designing a cell phone app. From carbon air capture to nuclear fusion, energy innovation demands scale and capital to have impact. Can 2021 technologies bridge the gap to net-zero emissions? Can green hydrogen become the emission-free gas of the future? Can batteries overcome supply chain constraints to balance renewable energy intermittency? Much depends on whether ideation and innovation can beat the constraints of time to transform our energy infrastructure.