Putting the Earth in Energy Education

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Bradford Hager, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Earth Sciences and director of the Earth Resources Laboratory, and Rajeev Ram, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, became co-chairs of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) Energy Education Task Force and the Energy Minor Oversight Committee.

The task force is an Institute-wide committee of faculty and students that works with the MITEI Education Office to maintain and enhance the Energy Studies Minor, assess and support further development of MIT’s energy curriculum, and communicate MIT’s interdisciplinary energy education model. The oversight committee is a subset of faculty from the task force who provide institutional leadership for the development and support of the Energy Studies Minor curriculum. Committee members also serve as advisors to Energy Studies students.

Hager’s research interests include the relationship between space-geodetic observations of surface deformation, earthquakes, and dynamical processes in the Earth’s interior. He has expertise on tectonic earthquakes in regional fault systems, as well as deformation and earthquakes induced by reservoir production. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1978 and then became a professor at Caltech’s Seismological Laboratory. Hager joined MIT in 1989. He became the Director of ERL in June of 2012.

Hager and Ram have long been strong proponents of MIT’s energy education and the Energy Studies Minor, and their new leadership roles will enhance their ability to support MIT’s education of students equipped to address the world’s crucial energy challenges as well as the linked problems of reducing global poverty and preserving the environment.

Story Image: Bradford Hager - Image credit: Patrick Gillooly