Steven E. Koonin

New York University

University Professor

Dr. Steven E. Koonin is a University Professor at New York University with appointments in the Business and Engineering schools, as well as the Department of Physics.  Before coming to NYU, Dr. Koonin served as Undersecretary for Science at the US Department of Energy from 2009 until 2011. Prior to joining the government, from 2004 to 2009 he was Chief Scientist for BP. From 1975 to 2006, Dr. Koonin was a professor of theoretical physics at Caltech and was the institute’s Provost from 1995 to  2004.   His memberships include the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a Fellow of the Council on Competitiveness, and a Trustee of the Institute for Defense Analyses. Dr. Koonin has been a member of the JASON group since  1988  and served as chair from 1998 to 2004. He has also served on governing or advisory boards of six national laboratories and on the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board. Dr. Koonin holds a BS in physics from Caltech and a PhD in theoretical physics from MIT. He has authored of more than 200 peer-reviewed research papers and supervised some 30 PhD theses. Koonin is the author of the bestselling book Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, And Why It Matters published April, 2021.

Sessions With Steven E. Koonin

Wednesday, 9 March

Thursday, 10 March

  • 12:30pm - 01:10pm (CST) / 10/mar/2022 06:30 pm - 10/mar/2022 07:10 pm

    Evolution of Smart Cities: Autonomy increasing with intelligence

    Panel Transportation & Mobility/Electrification (EVs/built environment)

    Energy cities are well positioned to define the smart city of the future starting from their foundation of energy. With energy fueling everything that makes these urban environments so attractive—from transportation to comfort, information, commerce, and entertainment—these cities will show the way. They will leverage advanced technologies in clean energy, autonomous transport, ultrafast telecommunications, artificial intelligence, and many other benefits to make them attractive places to live, work, and play.

  • 01:30pm - 02:00pm (CST) / 10/mar/2022 07:30 pm - 10/mar/2022 08:00 pm

    Meetup - Steven Koonin on Carbon Management

    Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    Dr. Koonin is a leading authority on the science behind climate change and besides his current position as Professor at New York University, he has held leadership roles at the US DoE, bp, Caltech. He is a member of a broad range of scientific and technical institutions and is the author of the 2021 bestselling book “Unsettled,: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t And Why It Matters”. Come and discuss his perspectives on climate science and the thesis of his book.

Friday, 11 March

  • 08:25am - 09:05am (CST) / 11/mar/2022 02:25 pm - 11/mar/2022 03:05 pm

    How Fast Can Innovation Scale?

    Panel Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability

    The IEA estimates that about half of the technologies needed to deliver net zero emissions by 2050 are not currently commercially competitive. Innovation is fundamental to achieving national pledges for net zero, accounting for 90% of global GDP. What is needed to accelerate the chain from laboratories to commercial application to financing to deployment? Should multiple tracks—such as hydrogen, carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS), and fusion—move forward in parallel to mitigate risk? Where should efforts be focused to achieve success?