Cornell Energy Systems Institute announces C. Lindsay Anderson as Interim Director

C. Lindsay Anderson

The Cornell Energy Systems Institute (CESI) has announced that C. Lindsay Anderson will be the Institute’s Interim Director, effective immediately. Anderson is an associate professor in Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE) and the Norman R. Scott Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow, as well as the Kathy Dwyer Marble and Curt Marble Faculty Director for Energy with the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability.

CESI’s mission is to “develop and deploy cost-effective energy systems that take advantage of innovations in materials, technology, and systems design to lower humanity's carbon footprint.” Anderson’s research focuses on applying systems modeling and optimization to energy and the environment. During her tenure with Cornell Atkinson, Anderson has had the opportunity to work with people interested in energy transition problems from across the University.

“Engaging with people from a wide range of fields; social scientists, economists, humanists and policy researchers, who are also interested in energy really broadened my perspective beyond the world of engineering,” says Anderson. “And this CESI position will allow me to bring some of this broader perspective back into the engineering space. Also, taking a systems approach will allow all of the great research happening in the College to coalesce and promote meaningful change.”

CESI was founded in 2017 to take advantage of Cornell’s deep and varied strengths in fields directly and indirectly related to energy systems. Lynden Archer, Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering at Cornell, described the challenge in the following terms: “Problems related to energy are known for their knottiness and interconnectivity. Impactful solutions demand systems approaches, which require expertise that typically falls outside conventional disciplinary boundaries and beyond the capabilities of individual researchers”. 

Archer added, “Lindsay Anderson is a strategic thinker and brings to CESI deep knowledge of energy systems at Cornell, she is an excellent person to lead the institute as we begin the national search for the next David Croll Professor and Director of CESI.”

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