Meeting of the Minds Speaker

Kurt Kornbluth

Director, Program for International Energy Technologies

UC Davis

Dr. Kurt Kornbluth is the founder and director of the UC Davis Program for International Energy Technology (PIET).

He holds a PhD in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from UC Davis and is a UC Davis Graduate School of Management Business Development Fellow. His dissertation focused on the effect of hydrogen enrichment on landfill gas-fired IC engines. His current research areas include hybrid fossil fuel/renewable electrical grids, thermal storage refrigeration, and sustainable, low-carbon energy technologies for the developed and developing world.

Kornbluth has worked in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency since 1993. He started his career in the Detroit auto industry and has a diverse background including implementing appropriate technology projects in Africa and Central America, and implementing the “Village Power” project for DEKA Research and Development in Bangladesh.