Abigail Mechtenberg - Physics and Astronomy Faculty - Colgate University

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Abigail Mechtenberg

Abigail Mechtenberg

Assistant Professor of Physics and Environmental Studies
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Research Interests

Global Sustainable Energy Systems
Whether motivated by energy security or climate change, our current global energy systems’ infrastructure is unsustainable. Mechtenberg's research focuses on understanding that national security and environmental stability rely on multiple criteria optimization of energy production, storage and consumption within a complex system of networks: social, natural and engineered. My scholarship focuses on the technology-based relationships between energy, risk (unavailable and unreliable electricity), global sustainable development (environment, health, education, and economics), and hybridized systems (vehicle and microgrid design and controls optimization algorithms).


Dr. Abigail Mechtenberg is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Environmental Studies at Colgate University after finishing Visiting Assistant Professor in Energy Systems at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. She earned a PhD in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan, and completed Post-Doctoral research under Panos Papalambros in the Design Optimization Laboratory. In addition to her engineering and scientific expertise, she was a Visiting Professor at Clark University focusing on the intersection between International Development and Engineering Co-Design where she still collaborates.

She has founded an innovative and on-going engineering energy entrepreneurship education program with local engineers and technicians in Uganda called Empower Design. She funds this work in-part by running K-12 project-based Physics of Energy and Engineering of Energy summer camps (in 2013 they were held at MIT). She presents her energy educational innovation at AAPT and hopefully soon ASEE sponsored meetings with practical laboratories as well as impact analysis and discussions.

Her main research expertise is in Uganda and US on Microgrids/SmartGrids and Hybrid vehicle design and controls optimization.

Research/Teaching Info: https://sites.google.com/site/abigailrmechtenberg/