Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment


Addressing the ever-increasing worldwide demand for energy, while minimizing impact on the environment, is key to creating a sustainable future. The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (ACEE) brings together researchers and educators in the interdisciplinary fields of engineering, architecture, the social and natural sciences and public policy to address this fundamental challenge of the 21st century. Six interacting research areas form the heart of the Andlinger Center's focus.  Researchers in these areas work together to address the monumental challenges that impact our energy and environmental future. The research areas are: the built environment, transportation and infrastructure; electricity production, transmission and storage; fuels and chemicals; environmental sensing and remediation; decision and behavioral science, policy and economics in partnership with the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs; and environmental and climate science in partnership with High Meadows Environmental Institute.

An important goal of the center is to provide Princeton undergraduates with the opportunity to explore issues related to energy and the environment in a multidimensional fashion. These dimensions include building and deploying energy systems, quantitatively analyzing the impact of these systems on economic growth and society, and evaluating their impact on climate change and the environment. The center aims to train the next generation of leaders who will help forge a sustainable future through their work in science, engineering, architecture, economics, public policy and environmental areas related to energy systems.

Program Offerings

Offering type

Certificate Programs in ACEE

Program in Technology and Society: Energy Track

The Program in Technology and Society: Energy Track, jointly offered with the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, is designed to explore the intersection of technology and society, and how their co-evolution affects the implementation of innovative energy technologies. An appreciation of different points of view on these issues is critical to creating practical and effective energy solutions. Students in all disciplines—humanities, social sciences, physical and natural sciences, and engineering—who are interested in understanding and working on energy solutions can benefit from gaining such perspectives outside their particular area of focus. The Energy Track certificate, which showcases and emphasizes a broad array of energy issues and societal concerns, helps provide such perspectives.

Program in Sustainable Energy

The Program in Sustainable Energy focuses on studies of current energy resources, the development of energy systems that support sustainable economic growth, the nexus of energy security and environmental harmony, and an understanding of global climate and environmental change. Science and engineering students interested in pursuing graduate studies or careers in fields related to energy, as well as humanities and policy students who desire a more technical grasp of the world’s energy landscape, will be exposed to a broad spectrum of energy technologies.

Further information about both programs is available on the center's website.

Additional Information

For a complete list of Andlinger Center undergraduate courses, visit our website.


  • Director

    • Claire F. Gmachl (interim)
    • Iain McCulloch
  • Associate Director

    • Barry P. Rand
    • Z. Jason Ren
    • Elke U. Weber
  • Executive Committee

    • Craig B. Arnold, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • José L. Avalos, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • René A. Carmona, Oper Res and Financial Eng
    • Emily Ann Carter, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Steven C. Cowley, PPPL Office of the Director
    • Claire F. Gmachl, Electrical Engineering
    • Peter R. Jaffé, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Amaney A. Jamal, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs, ex officio
    • Antoine Kahn, Electrical Engineering, ex officio
    • Egemen Kolemen, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Christos Maravelias, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Denise L. Mauzerall, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
    • Forrest M. Meggers, Architecture
    • Mónica Ponce de León, Architecture, ex officio
    • Anu Ramaswami, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Barry P. Rand, Electrical Engineering
    • Richard A. Register, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Z. Jason Ren, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Gregory D. Scholes, Chemistry
    • Sankaran Sundaresan, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Gabriel A. Vecchi, Geosciences
    • Elke U. Weber, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
    • Claire E. White, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Mark A. Zondlo, Civil and Environmental Eng
  • Sits with Committee

    • Chris Greig
  • Professor

    • Christos Maravelias
    • Iain McCulloch
    • Barry P. Rand
    • Z. Jason Ren
    • Elke U. Weber
  • Associate Professor

    • José L. Avalos
    • Egemen Kolemen
    • Forrest M. Meggers
    • Claire E. White
  • Assistant Professor

    • Minjie Chen
    • Kelsey B. Hatzell
    • Jesse D. Jenkins
    • Ryan S. Kingsbury
    • Wei Peng
  • Associated Faculty

    • Sigrid M. Adriaenssens, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Robert H. Austin, Physics
    • Andrew B. Bocarsly, Chemistry
    • Elie R. Bou-Zeid, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Ian C. Bourg, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • M. Christine Boyer, Architecture
    • Pierre-Thomas Brun, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Adam S. Burrows, Astrophysical Sciences
    • Robert Joseph Cava, Chemistry
    • Paul J. Chirik, Chemistry
    • Stephen Y. Chou, Electrical Engineering
    • Edgar Y. Choueiri, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Jonathan M. Conway, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Sujit S. Datta, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Emily C. Davidson, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Pablo G. Debenedetti, Dean for Research, Office of
    • Luc Deike, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Jianqing Fan, Oper Res and Financial Eng
    • Nathaniel J. Fisch, Astrophysical Sciences
    • Mario I. Gandelsonas, Architecture
    • Maria E. Garlock, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Alexander Glaser, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
    • Branko Glisic, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Noreen Goldman, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
    • Robert J. Goldston, Astrophysical Sciences
    • David B. Graves, PPPL Office of the Director
    • John T. Groves, Chemistry
    • Mikko P. Haataja, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Bernard A. Haykel, Near Eastern Studies
    • Lars O. Hedin, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    • Felix Heide, Computer Science
    • Marcus N. Hultmark, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Niraj K. Jha, Electrical Engineering
    • Yiguang Ju, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Bruce E. Koel, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Alain L. Kornhauser, Oper Res and Financial Eng
    • Chung K. Law, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Simon A. Levin, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    • Paul Lewis, Architecture
    • Ning Lin, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • A. James Link, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Sharad Malik, Electrical Engineering
    • Luigi Martinelli, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Margaret R. Martonosi, Computer Science
    • Reed M. Maxwell, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Julia Mikhailova, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Prateek Mittal, Electrical Engineering
    • Reza Moini, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Michael E. Mueller, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Satish C. Myneni, Geosciences
    • Guy J.P. Nordenson, Architecture
    • Nai Phuan Ong, Physics
    • Michael Oppenheimer, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
    • Stephen Pacala, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    • Athanassios Z. Panagiotopoulos, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Glaucio H. Paulino, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Catherine A. Peters, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • H. Vincent Poor, Electrical Engineering
    • Amilcare M. Porporato, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Rodney D. Priestley, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Paul R. Prucnal, Electrical Engineering
    • Joshua D. Rabinowitz, Chemistry
    • Herschel A. Rabitz, Chemistry
    • Richard A. Register, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Clarence W. Rowley, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Michele L. Sarazen, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Jeffrey Schwartz, Chemistry
    • Annabella Selloni, Chemistry
    • Eldar Shafir, Psychology
    • Daniel M. Sigman, Geosciences
    • Frederik J. Simons, Geosciences
    • Jaswinder P. Singh, Computer Science
    • Ronnie Sircar, Oper Res and Financial Eng
    • James Smith, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Erik J. Sorensen, Chemistry
    • Howard A. Stone, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • James C. Sturm, Electrical Engineering
    • Diana I. Tamir, Psychology
    • Jeroen Tromp, Geosciences
    • Robert J. Vanderbei, Oper Res and Financial Eng
    • Naveen Verma, Electrical Engineering
    • David Wentzlaff, Electrical Engineering
    • David S. Wilcove, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
    • Wei Xiong, Economics
    • Ali Yazdani, Physics
    • Xinning Zhang, Geosciences

For a full list of faculty members and fellows please visit the department or program website.


ENE 202 - Designing Sustainable Systems (also ARC 208/EGR 208/ENV 206) Fall SEL

The course presents global anthropogenic impacts on the environment and their relationship to sustainable design. It focuses on understanding principles of applied sciences, and how IoT and Digital Fabrication facilitates rapid and deployable sensors and systems to make and analyze designs. Part 1) Global Change and Environmental Impacts: studying influences on basic natural systems and cycles and how we can evaluate them to rethink building design. Part 2) Designing Sustainable Systems: address learned synergies between making buildings more efficient and less prone to disease transmission through alternative heating cooling and ventilation. F. Meggers

ENE 203 - The Habitable Planet (also GEO 203) Fall QCR

ENE 221 - Thermodynamics (also MAE 221) Fall SEL

ENE 228 - Energy Technologies in the 21st Century (also CBE 228/EGR 228/MAE 228) Spring SEN

ENE 304 - Environmental Engineering and Energy (also CEE 304/ENV 300) Not offered this year

ENE 305 - Environmental Fluid Mechanics (also CEE 305/GEO 375) Fall SEN

ENE 309 - The Science of Fission and Fusion Energy (also AST 309/MAE 309/PHY 309) Spring SEN

ENE 311 - Global Air Pollution (also CEE 311/CHM 311/GEO 311) Spring

ENE 314 - The Anthropology of Development (also AFS 314/ANT 314) SA

ENE 328 - Energy for a Greenhouse-Constrained World (also EGR 328/ENV 328/MAE 328) Not offered this year SEN

ENE 334 - Global Environmental Issues (also CEE 334/ENV 334/SPI 452) Spring SEN

ENE 366 - Climate Change: Impacts, Adaptation, Policy (also ENV 339/GEO 366/SPI 451) Spring SEN

ENE 421 - Green and Catalytic Chemistry (also CBE 421/CHM 421) Not offered this year

ENE 423 - Heat Transfer (also MAE 423) Spring

ENE 425 - Introductory Seismology (also CEE 424/GEO 424) Spring SEN

ENE 427 - Energy Conversion and the Environment: Transportation Applications (also MAE 427) Not offered this year

ENE 428 - Virtual and Augmented Reality for Engineers, Scientists, and Architects (also ARC 418/MAE 418) Not offered this year

ENE 431 - Solar Energy Conversion (also ECE 431/EGR 431/ENV 431) QCR

Principles and design of solar energy conversion systems. Quantity and availability of solar energy. Physics and chemistry of solar energy conversion: solar optics, optical excitation, capture of excited energy, and transport of excitations or electronic charge. Conversion methods: thermal, wind, photoelectric, photoelectrochemical, photosynthetic, biomass. Solar energy systems: low and high temperature conversion, photovoltaics. Storage of solar energy. Conversion efficiency, systems cost, and lifecycle considerations. B. Rand

ENE 441 - Solid-State Physics I (also ECE 441) Fall

ENE 442 - Solid-State Physics II (also ECE 442) Not offered this year

ENE 455 - Energy and Commodities Markets (also ORF 455) Fall

ENE 477 - Engineering Design for Sustainable Development (also CEE 477) Spring SEN