DAVIS, Calif.; Oct. 31, 2017 – The UC Davis College of Engineering is pleased to announce Emily A. Carter, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University, as the college’s fall 2017 distinguished lecturer.
An expert in sustainable technologies, Carter has spent the past three decades applying her skills in quantum mechanics to accelerate the discovery and design of molecules and materials for sustainable energy. Her applied research focuses on the discovery and design of molecules and materials for sustainable energy, including the conversion of sunlight to electricity and fuels, creating clean electricity from solid oxide fuel cells, exploring clean and efficient combustion of biofuels, and optimizing lightweight metal alloys for fuel-efficient vehicles and fusion reactor walls.
Carter is also the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and applied and computational mathematics at Princeton.
Carter received her B.S. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1982, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1987. After a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado, Boulder, she spent the next 16 years on the faculty of UCLA as a Professor of Chemistry and later also of Materials Science and Engineering. Carter moved to Princeton University in 2004, where she was the Founding Director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment from 2010-2016.
The author of more than 350 publications, Carter has delivered more than 500 invited and plenary lectures globally. She also serves on advisory boards spanning a wide range of disciplines. Professor Carter was elected in 2008 to both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, and in 2016 to the National Academy of Engineering.
The College of Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series is an opportunity to bring academic and industry experts to the college to interact and engage with both undergraduate and graduate students. Carter’s lecture, “Quantum Solutions for Sustainable Energy,” will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 in the Bruce and Marie West Lobby in Kemper Hall. A short reception will follow.