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  • Jerker Lessing

    Jerker Lessing

    Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    BioWith a PhD from Lund University, Sweden, focused on strategic aspects of industrialized construction, I have the position as Director of Research & Development at BoKlok, Sweden’s leading housing company within industrialized construction. BoKlok is a joint venture between the Construction Company Skanska and the furniture Company IKEA. Before joining BoKlok, I worked for one of Sweden's leading engineering firms, Tyréns AB, where I led a team of Consultants focusing on Construction innovation. I was also engaged by leading Construction and housing companies as a consultant and advisor for numerous innovation- and development projects aimed at industrialized construction.
    Since 2004, I have concurrently conducted research at Lund University. I am frequently engaged as a lecturer in both academia and industry, have co-authored a book about industrialized construction and I publish research in international Journals.
    I have been a visiting researcher and lecturer at Stanford University since 2013 and have established and taught the course CEE324 Industrialized Construction, organized study trips for Stanford students and faculty to Sweden, as well as organized the Industrialized Construction Forum which is a industry-academia seminar held annually.
    In my research I developed a framework describing contemporary industrialized construction, which has served as a foundation for academic research, as well as a guide for the industry’s development, in Sweden and internationally.

  • Amory B Lovins

    Amory B Lovins

    Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    BioPhysicist Amory Lovins (1947– ) is Cofounder (1982) and Chairman Emeritus, and was Chief Scientist (2007–19), of Rocky Mountain Institute (, with which he continues to collaborate as an independent contractor and a Trustee. He has designed numerous superefficient buildings, vehicles, and industrial plants, and synthesized an "integrative design" method and practice that can make the energy efficiency resource severalfold larger, yet cheaper, often with increasing returns. Since 1973 he has also advised major governments and firms in more than 70 countries on advanced energy efficiency and strategy, emphasizing efficiency, renewables integration, and the links between energy, resources, environment, security, development, and economy. He has authored 31 books and over 700 papers in a wide range of disciplines.

    Lovins has received the Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, 12 honorary doctorates, the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood, National Design, and World Technology Awards, many other energy and environment recognitions, and Germany’s highest civilian honor (the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit). A Harvard and Oxford dropout, former Oxford don, honorary US architect, Swedish engineering academician, and 2011–18 member of the US National Petroleum Council, he has taught at ten universities (most recently the US Naval Postgraduate School and Stanford's School of Engineering as spring 2007 MAP/Ming Visiting Professor, returning in 2020–  as Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering)—teaching only subjects he hasn’t formally studied, so as to cultivate beginner’s mind. In 2009, Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers. His most recent books, mostly coauthored, include Natural Capitalism (1999), Small Is Profitable (2002), Winning the Oil Endgame (2004), The Essential Amory Lovins (2011), and Reinventing Fire (2011). His avocations include fine-art landscape photography (the profession of his wife Judy Hill Lovins,, music, writing, orangutans, great-ape language, linguistics, and Taoist thought.

    Representative recent peer-reviewed papers include:

    "How big is the energy efficiency resource?," Env. Res. Ltrs., Sep 2018,
    "Recalibrating climate prospects," coauthored, Env. Res. Ltrs., Dec 2019,
    "Can a virus and viral ideas speed the world's journey beyond fossil fuels?," Env. Res. Ltrs., Feb 2021,
    "Reframing automotive fuel efficiency," SAE J-STEEP, Apr 2020,

    His Aug/Sep 2020 Electricity Journal interview on the future of electricity is at
    His 11 Nov 2020 Precourt Institute for Energy seminar on "Integrative Design for Radical Energy Efficiency," with Dr. Holmes Hummel, is at