Deborah Sunter

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University

Deborah Sunter is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. She received a B.S in Mechan­i­cal and Aero­space Engi­neer­ing at Cor­nell University. There she developed a nanosatel­lite mis­sion that was suc­cess­fully launched into orbit. Although fas­ci­nated by aero­space applica­tions, the time- critical issue of global warm­ing shifted her focus in grad­u­ate school to explore renew­able energy. Spe­cial­iz­ing in com­pu­ta­tional mod­el­ing of thermo-physics in mul­ti­phase systems, she devel­oped a novel solar absorber tube and received her Ph.D. in Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley. The need for a global envi­ron­men­tal solu­tion led her to do research abroad in both Japan and China. After receiving her doctorate, she advanced her understanding of energy policy as an AAAS Science and Tech­nol­ogy Pol­icy Fel­low at the U.S. Depart­ment of Energy. She now is a postdoctoral fellow in the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include data science for sustainability, national energy planning, city-integrated renewable energy systems, environmental justice, and clean technology innovation.


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Knowledge@Wharton: January 31, 2019 Episode Featured ImageKnowledge@Wharton: January 31, 2019

Host Dan Loney is joined by J. Michael Collins (Faculty Director, Center for Financial Security, University Of Wisconsin), Deborah Sunter (Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University), Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza (Associate Professor of the Practice of Environmental Policy and Management, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University), Mike Hoffmann (Professor and Executive Director, Cornell University), Richard Prisinzano (Senior Economist, Penn Wharton Budget Model), Daniel Kammen (Professor of Energy; Founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL); Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment., University of California, Berkeley), Alan Auerbach (Robert D. Burch Professor of Economics and Law; Director of the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, University of California, Berkeley), and Roberta Rehner Iversen (Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania) on the Thursday, January 31, 2019 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

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