Chuck Kutscher is Director of the Buildings and Thermal Systems Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. He has led research projects in solar heating and cooling, solar industrial process heat, advanced geothermal power cycles, power plant cooling systems, parabolic trough collectors and low-cost heliostats. He is a Fellow of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and served as ASES Chair in 2000-2001. He was the Chair of two major conferences: the SOLAR 2006 national solar energy conference and the 2012 World Renewable Energy Forum. Chuck is the editor of the 200-page ASES report, Tackling Climate Change in the U.S., which details how energy efficiency and six renewable energy technologies can greatly reduce U.S carbon emissions by 2030. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he has taught courses in heat transfer and “Climate Change Solutions.” He has a B.S. in physics from the State University of New York at Albany, an M.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois, and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado.
Outside of Science: Chuck enjoys whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, and occasionally snorkeling and scuba diving in coral reefs. His concern for the deteriorating health of coral reefs is one of the things that motivates him to address the climate change crisis.