C. Lindsay Anderson

C. Lindsay Anderson

Professor, Department Chair
Biological and Environmental Engineering
316 Riley Robb Hall
House Professor Dean, William Keeton House | Interim Director, Cornell Energy Systems Institute


Catherine (Lindsay) Anderson is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering at Cornell. Her research focuses on energy system decarbonization, at the interface of environmental and systems engineering, electric power systems, applied optimization and decision science. Lindsay also serves as the interim Director of the Cornell Energy Systems Institute, and was previously the Kathy Dwyer Marble and Curt Marble Faculty Director for Energy with the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability. Dr. Anderson received a B.Sc.(Engineering) and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from University of Guelph (Canada) and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Western Ontario (Canada).

Research Interests

Professor Anderson’s research interests focus on the application of systems modeling and optimization to energy and the environment. Current projects include mitigation of wind generation uncertainty through the use of other renewable energy sources, the cost of wind energy uncertainty on existing power systems, and the implications of process uncertainties in biofuels production outcomes.

Teaching Interests

Professor Anderson is currently leading Energy Seminar I and II (BEE/MAE 5459/5469 ) with individual seminar topics drawn from: energy use; energy economics; fossil-fuel-based electricity generation; the future of nuclear power including fusion; renewable power systems, including solar, wind, geothermal and hydropower; energy conservation by users and demand-side management; and the consequences of energy use, including air pollution and its control, and global climate change. This seminar series is of interest to engineering students in all disciplines of engineering.  Professor Anderson also teaches Applied Modeling and Simulation for Renewable Energy Systems (BEE/CEE 4880/6880).

Her courses include:

  • BEE/CEE 4880/6880 Applied Modeling and Simulation for Renewable Energy Systems
  • BEE/MAE 5459 Energy Seminar I (fall)
  • BEE/MAE 5469 Energy Seminar II (spring)

Selected Awards and Honors

  • 2021 Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG) Award of Excellence for Contributions to Energy Systems Optimization
  • IEEE Senior Member Grade (since 2019)
  • 2016 College of Engineering Award for Research Excellence. Cornell University
  • 2015 NSF CAREER Award: Advanced Methods for Optimal Integration of Responsive Demand and Variable Generation in Power Systems and Markets. The National Science Foundation.
  • 2012 Norman R. Scott Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellowship in Energy Systems Engineering, Cornell University
  • 2010 College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award,Cornell University, College of Engineering (Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Tucker ’50)
  • 2004 NSERC University Faculty Award, Faculty of Engineering, Western University (Canada)
  • 2004 Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award, awarded by the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society for best Applied Mathematics dissertation of the year.
  • 2000 Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Industrial Postgraduate Scholarship, Sponsored by Ontario Power Generation.


University of Guelph (Canada) Environmental Engineering B.Sc.(Eng) 1994

University of Guelph (Canada) Environmental Engineering M.Sc. 1998

Western University (Canada) Applied Mathematics Ph.D. 2004