Faculty

Richard W. Allmendinger

Richard W. Allmendinger

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
As department chair, Allmendinger is a structural geologist focused on understanding brittle upper crustal deformation during earthquakes as well as longer-term, finite deformation. His research focuses on structural geology and tectonics, earthquake-related fracturing, structural geodesy, numerical kinematic modeling, interpretation of seismic reflection profiles, etc. Some of his former students work in the geothermal industry.

Larry D. Brown

Larry D. Brown

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Brown is the Sidney Kaufman Professor in Geophysics. His research focuses on the application of multichannel seismic reflection methods for the exploration of the continental lithosphere.

Lance R. Collins

Lance R. Collins

Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering
Collins is co-chair of the Senior Leaders Climate Action Group (SLCAG), which focuses on improving current climate trends by advancing public understanding of climate change and spurring innovative, cross-disciplinary solutions on campus and globally. Collins, along with the SLCAG will ensure communication of Cornell research and demonstration projects to policymakers and the public, as well as organize initiatives involving federal and state government, private industry and utilities.

Edwin A. (Todd) Cowen

Edwin A. (Todd) Cowen

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Cowen is the energy faculty director at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF). His research program focuses on environmental transport processes, water-wave induced flows, lake hydrodynamics, and quantitative imaging techniques

Anthony R. Ingraffea

Anthony R. Ingraffea

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dwight C. Baum Professorship in Engineering Emeritus
Dr. Ingraffea’s research concentrates on computer simulation and physical testing of complex fracturing processes.

Teresa Eileen Jordan

Teresa Eileen Jordan

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Jordan is the J. Preston Levis Professor of Engineering. Ongoing projects span from geothermal energy and shale characteristics in the Appalachian foreland basin, to groundwater resources and tectonic uplift of the northern Chile forearc. Lead in a geothermal assessment project evaluating the geothermal potential of the sediment rock reservoirs in the Appalachian basin of New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Katie Keranen

Katie Keranen

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Keranen’s research uses seismic reflection imaging, along with local and global seismicity, to study active fault zones and regions of active tectonics.

Rowena B. Lohman

Rowena B. Lohman

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Lohman’s specific research involves the use of satellite-based remote sensing observations of ground deformation before and during earthquakes, identifying anomalous behavior along fault zones and creating models of the dynamics of earthquake nucleation and rupture by using geodetic observations of ground deformation, primarily InSAR. Increasingly, she is also interested in the effects of land use change (logging, mining, etc.) on observations of ground deformation and other remote sensing observations.

Katherine McComas

Katherine McComas

Communication
McComas is the chair of the Department of Communication. Her research program examines how people communicate about health, science, and environmental risk. She is interested to learn how risk communications influence human behaviors and attitudes.

Matthew Earl Pritchard

Matthew Earl Pritchard

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Pritchard is a geophysicist who measures changes in the shape of the Earth using the satellite-based InSAR technique (among others) and develops models of the myriad natural and human processes that cause these changes including: earthquakes, volcanoes, groundwater, energy production, landslides, and glaciers.

Jery R. Stedinger, NAE, Dist. ASCE

Jery R. Stedinger, NAE, Dist. ASCE

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Stedinger holds the Dwight C. Baum Professorship in Engineering. His research addresses project planning and risk assessment for renewable energy projects, and specifically statistical issues addressing characterization of geothermal resources and hydropower operations.

Jefferson W. Tester

Jefferson W. Tester

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Tester is the Croll Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems and director of the Cornell Energy Institute. His research focuses on improving the technical and economic performance of ESH reservoir and drilling systems.

M. Todd Walter

M. Todd Walter

Biological and Environmental Engineering
Walter is the director of the New York State Water Resources Institute. His research emphasis is on the interactions between hydrology, ecology, and biogeochemistry.

Fengqi You

Fengqi You

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
You is the Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor and David Croll Faculty Fellow. He concentrates his efforts on process, energy, and environmental systems engineering. Particular research interests lie in: Sustainable design and synthesis of energy systems, including biofuels processes, photovoltaics, carbon capture and separation, and shale gas; Systems analysis, modeling and optimization for the water-energy nexus; Life cycle analysis and optimization of energy, environmental and economic systems.

Infrastructure, Properties and Planning

Steve Beyers

Steve Beyers

P.E., Cornell Facilities Engineering
Steve leads a small group of civil and environmental engineering professionals looking to bring sustainability to practical use at Cornell. A former Cornell College of Engineering graduate student, Steve has spent more than three decades providing engineering and project management support, including the last 15 at Cornell. He was the project manager for Cornell’s original award-winning Climate Action Plan, is providing permitting and technical support for Cornell’s NYC Tech campus geothermal and solar projects, and previously provided permitting, local approvals, and technical support for Cornell’s successful Combined Heat and Power project. Together with other staff and faculty, he aims to provide similar technical and project management support for Cornell’s latest Living Laboratory effort, the Earth Source Heating project.

Robert R. "Bert" Bland

Robert R. “Bert”  Bland

P.E. | Associate Vice President for Energy & Sustainability, Cornell University
Bert leads the teams that operate the Ithaca campus district energy system and produce the Climate Action Plan for a future carbon neutral campus.  He also manages energy and sustainability plans for the new Cornell Tech campus in Manhattan. He began his career as an environmental/energy engineer in the oil industry, and then pursued research in the conversion of waste biomass to fuel ethanol.  BS & MS Cornell engineering ’74 and ’80; Cornell MBA ‘96.

Ole Gustafson

Ole Gustafson

Senior Environmental Professional
Ole is a geologist in the Civil & Environmental group within Facilities Engineering who is committed to supporting geothermal energy projects as a critical part of Cornell’s renewable energy vision. Ole came to Cornell from the environmental consulting field, and has helped the University address environmental and energy issues for almost 20 years. Ole has been deeply involved with planning and execution of the NYCTech campus geothermal heating and cooling system and the proposed Earth Source Heat deep geothermal project. Also a Ph.D. candidate within Geological Sciences, Ole strives to promote greater collaboration between the academic research and facilities operations portions of the University.

W.S. "Lanny" Joyce

W.S. “Lanny” Joyce

Director of Utilities & Energy Management
Lanny and his team lead Cornell’s utility plants, distribution systems, and energy management program.  He also works with other staff in Energy and Sustainability in creating the Climate Action Plan and developing utility scale renewable energy projects to help meet the University’s ambitious goals to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.  Lanny lead the campus wide $45 million Energy Conservation Initiative which has reduced annual energy use while the campus grew by over 20%, was the project director for the $83 million Combined Heat and Power Project, project manager for the $58 million Lake Source Cooling project, and many additional central chilled water and utility distribution projects at Cornell.

William Sitzbee

William Sitzbee

Associate Vice President of Engineering and Project Administration
Dr. William Sitzabee is the Associate Vice President of Engineering and Project Administration, and serves as the University Engineer, Cornell University.  William is a Registered Professional Engineer and has significant facilities and infrastructure engineering design, construction, and contract management experience.

KyuJung Whang

KyuJung Whang

Vice President of Infrastructure, Properties and Planning
As Vice President, Kyu leads Cornell University’s Division of Infrastructure Properties and Planning, which encompasses eight departments including Energy and Sustainability. Kyu serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the AASHE STARS Steering Committee. He is also a member of Cornell’s President’s Campus Sustainable Summit Executive Committee and Senior Leaders Climate Action Group. Kyu is a champion of Cornell’s Climate Action Plan and is committed to cutting the University’s net carbon emissions to zero by 2035.

Sarah Zemanick

Sarah Zemanick

Infrastructure, Properties & Planning – Energy & Sustainability
Sarah is the Director of the Campus Sustainability Office with a vision for Cornell as a carbon neutral living laboratory for sustainability innovation. Sarah has spent her career in the field of environmental compliance and sustainability in higher education. As part of her current role she manages the President’s Sustainable Campus Committee, leads several of Cornell’s renewable electricity supply projects including two recently commissioned 2MW solar farms, and is active in NY state energy policy related to distributed generation.

Cornell’s Affiliated Centers and Institutes

Cornell Energy Institute

The Cornell Energy Institute is Cornell Engineering’s lead organization for technology-based research and education in energy. The Energy Institute is uniquely positioned to tackle the planet’s most pressing and intractable challenges in the area of clean and sustainable energy technology discovery and development. While the Institute is based within Cornell Engineering, collaborations across Cornell with faculty from a wide variety of social, physical and natural sciences are essential to our mission.

David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future

The David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF) helps to build a more sustainable world through solutions-based research at the intersection of energy, the environment, and economic development. ACSF grant programs support multidisciplinary faculty partnerships in pursuit of new approaches, techniques, and technologies. ACSF engages with external non-academic partners—Avangrid, Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy—to maximize real-world impact.