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Design, dynamics, energy, and sustainable development.
Dr. Bryan Willson is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU) and is the founder and co-director of CSUs Engines and Energy Conversion Lab (EECL). In these roles, he has worked for over 25 years to develop large-scale solutions for global energy needs. Dr. Willson is on assignment from CSU serving as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).
Dr. Willson served as the founding director for CSU's Clean Energy Supercluster, a university-wide initiative to accelerate the development and commercialization of clean energy solutions across the entire university. He is the co-director of EECL, a leader in the study of internal combustion engines, natural gas technology, algae biofuels, intelligent electric grids, advanced building technology, technology for the developing world, and clean biomass cook stoves. For over 25 years, EECL has been engaged in the development of technologies to reduce the environmental impact of oil and gas production and has developed a suite of emissions-reduction technologies that are now in widespread use on the natural gas pipeline system. Willson is co-founder of Solix Biofuels (www.SolixBiofuels.com), a developer of large-scale production systems for algae-based biofuel, and Envirofit International (www.Envirofit.org), a global company distributing clean energy solutions in the developing world.
In June 2009, Scientific American named him to its inaugural list of the Scientific American 10 "ten individuals who have made significant contributions to guiding science to serve humanity on a global basis"; in August 2009, he was awarded the Maurice Albertson Medal for Sustainable Development (Albertson was the architect of the Peace Corps); in 2008 he received the Royal Award for Sustainability from the governments of Denmark and Spain. He is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Dr. Willson received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988, the same year he joined the CSU faculty. He teaches in the areas of design, energy, and sustainable development. He is the Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on over $30 million in funded energy research and has helped to raise over $50M for his companies; he has funded over 350 graduate and undergraduate students; is author or co-author of over 200 journal papers, conference proceedings, technical reports, and patents; and has worked in over 40 countries.