Karl Knapp

Biography

Karl KnappKarl Knapp is the Vice President of Sustainable Energy Education at MAP and a Consulting Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford, where he co-teaches Understanding Energy (CEE 107A/207A and EarthSys 103) with Jane Woodward. Dr. Knapp also serves as an advisor to several student organizations and NGOs focused on energy and the environment. Dr. Knapp has over 30 years experience in the renewable energy industry. Prior to joining MAP in March 2008, he was a Senior Resource Planner for City of Palo Alto Utilities, where he was responsible for the City's renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate protection programs. From 1982 to 1994, he developed processes and equipment for manufacturing photovoltaic cells and modules at Arco Solar/Siemens Solar, where he was awarded three U.S. Patents. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research, all from Stanford University, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. His doctoral research was inspired by his strong interest in energy and environmental issues in developing countries, studying the economic value derived from flexibility attributes of small-scale distributed energy systems, applied to a case study in India. Karl enjoys scuba diving, basketball and two daughters, drives an electric car, and makes excellent homemade beer.