Precourt Institute for Energy


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  • Ram Rajagopal

    Ram Rajagopal

    Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and, by courtesy, of Electrical Engineering

    BioProf. Rajagopal's primary research focus is on advancing the design, optimization and data-driven modelling of electric power systems. His work involves creating novel sensing and control platforms, robust data processing algorithms and dynamical statistical decision methods. He has also extensively worked on sensing infrastructure systems and transportation networks.

  • Peter Rumsey

    Peter Rumsey

    Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    BioPeter Rumsey, PE is CEO and Founder of Point Energy Innovations. He is an international leader, innovator and entrepreneur in low energy buildings and industries. He pioneered such key building innovations as chilled beams, radiant cooling, data center economizers, zero energy buildings and affordable LEED Platinum buildings. Peter has held engineering and management positions at Sol*Arc Architects, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, XENERGY Energy Consultants, the International Institute for Energy Conservation, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Rumsey Engineers and Integral Group. He has a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Peter is a Certified Energy Manager and a member of the ASHRAE Cleanrooms Committee. He is an ASHRAE Fellow and a senior fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute. Peter’s numerous honors include the ASHRAE Award of Engineering Excellence (only given 4 times in 100 years) in 2014 for the Packard Foundation’s net zero energy headquarters and Renewable Energy Innovator of the Year from the Association of Energy Engineers. Peter teaches CEE226E Advanced Topics in Integrated, Energy-Efficient Building Design during Spring Quarter.

  • Burton Richter

    Burton Richter

    Paul Pigott Professor in the Physical Sciences, Emeritus

    BioBurton Richter is the Paul Pigott Professor in the Physical Sciences, Stanford University and Director Emeritus at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. His research has centered on experimental particle physics with high-energy electrons and electron-positron colliding beams. He began as a post doc at Stanford University in 1956, became a professor in 1967, and was Director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center from 1984 through 1999.

    Richter received the Nobel Prize in Physics (1976) and the E. O. Lawrence Medal of the Department of Energy (1976). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society; a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and of The American Physical Society (President, 1994). He was President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (1999-2002).

    He has served on many advisory committees to governments, laboratories and universities. He recently served on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, Laboratory Operations Board, Nuclear Energy Task Force (2000-2006) and chaired the National Research Council's Board on Physics and Astronomy. Currently, he chairs the Transmutation Subcommittee of the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee and serves on the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Advisory Board. He is a member of the French Commissaire a l'Energie Atomique (CEA) Visiting Group and the Jason Group.

    He is interested in industry and its use of science and technology and has been a member of the General Motors Science Advisory Committee, chairman of the technology advisory board of an artificial intelligence company, a member of the Board of Directors of Varian Associates and Varian Medical Systems, and AREVA Enterprises, Inc. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Litel Instruments.

    He received his BS and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1952 and 1956, respectively.