Daniel M. Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL). Until last fall, he was Co-Director of the Berkeley Energy Institute.
Kammen received his undergraduate (Cornell A., B. ’84) and graduate (Harvard M. A. ’86, Ph.D. ’88) training in physics. After postdoctoral work at Caltech and Harvard, Kammen was professor and Chair of the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Program at Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 1993 – 1998. He then moved to UC Berkeley.
Through RAEL (http://rael.berkeley.edu) Kammen works with faculty and industry colleagues, fellows, and 20 students on a wide range of energy science, engineering, economics and policy projects. The focus of Kammen’s work is on the science and policy of clean, renewable energy systems, energy efficiency, the role of energy in national energy policy, international climate debates, and the use and impacts of energy sources and technologies on development, particularly in Africa and Latin America. Kammen has published five books, over 200 journal articles, and 30 research reports. He has testified many times to the U. S. House and Senate, and to the legislatures in California, Connecticut, Minnesota, New York, and Washington.
Kammen is a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. In 1998, he was elected a Permanent Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences. In 2007, Kammen received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Commonwealth Club of California.
Kammen is a primary author and serves on the executive committee of the $500 million Energy Biosciences Institute funded by BP. The institute is a joint venture of the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Kammen is the chair of the research board of Enphase Energy, a solar and energy efficiency company, and is on the board of EDP-Renewables (Lisbon, Portugal).