Mark Jacobson

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

As a professor at Stanford University, Mark Jacobson’s main goal in his research is to better understand severe atmospheric problems, such as air pollution and global warming, and develop and analyze large-scale clean-renewable energy solutions to them. To gain that understanding, he develops three-dimensional computer models to simulate air pollution, weather, climate, and renewable energy. In 2000, he applied one of his models to discover that the main component of soot pollution particles might be the second-leading cause of global warming after carbon dioxide. That finding and many others from Jacobson’s lab have become the scientific backbone of various laws and regulations surrounding emissions and pollution. He applies his expertise to a variety of projects, from cofounding the Solutions Project, a group that combines science, business and culture to develop and implement science based clean-energy plans to participating in a TED debate rated as the sixth all-time Science and Technology TED Talk.

Jacobson has published two textbooks of two editions each and over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has testified three times for the US Congress. He earned a BA, BS and MS from Stanford University and an MS and PhD in Atmospheric Science from UCLA.

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

Can California Get to 100% Clean Power?

California is on track to reach 50% renewable energy by the year 2030. But can we do better? What would it take to get us to 100% clean power by 2050?

Mark Ferron, Board of Governors, California Independent System Operator
Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
Steve Malnight, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, PG&E

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at the Commonwealth Club of California on August 23, 2016

C1 Revue: Can Our Connected Lives Be Green and Safe?

California has committed to getting one-half of its electricity from renewable sources by the year 2030. But clean energy advocates say the state could be more ambitious and shoot for 100% clean electricity. Still, not everyone agrees on how the existing energy grid can integrate new technologies, or whether getting to 100% is even technically possible yet. On today's program, we hear how smart technology and the "Internet of things" can be part of the solution, while making our lives greener, safer, and more convenient.