Sally Benson talks about the goals and recent accomplishments of Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP), the need to partner with industry, the hopeful signs of alternative energy development, and how her upbringing informed her sense of justice and optimism.
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Serving as the Director of GCEP, Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project, Sally Benson is working directly with cutting edge energy technology for our future. Despite initial interest in physics, an earth science class directed her to eventually graduate from Barnard College at Columbia University with a BS in Geology. Sally then traveled to the West Coast to complete her graduate studies at UC Berkeley receiving her master’s and doctoral degrees, both in materials science and mineral engineering. She then went on to work at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in several positions including the Division Director for Earth Sciences. In 2007 Benson joined Stanford’s faculty as a Professor (research) in the Department of Energy Resource Engineering, teaching classes in carbon dioxide capture and storage and greenhouse gas mitigation technologies. Sally Benson’s current research investigates fundamental characteristics of CO2 storage in geologic formations as a means of climate change mitigation (carbon capture and sequestration, CCS).
Maxine Luckett is a sophomore majoring in Geology and Environmental Science and minoring in Energy Resource Engineering at Stanford University. Hailing from Colorado, Maxine has grown up amidst the mountains with a love of environment and spending time outside. Along with the environmental sciences, Luckett enjoys working in politics and policy, working on multiple campaigns and as a senate intern in her home state. Maxine Is currently conducting research in Stanford’s Tectonic Geomorphology Laboratory.