BENJAMIN P. LUCE, PH.D
Director Solar Energy Program
Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory
President, New Mexico Solar Energy Association
Co-chair, Coalition for Clean and Affordable Energy
B. S. Physics, Magna Cum Laude, SUNY College at Fredonia, 1989.
M. S. Physics, Clarkson University, 1991.
Ph. D. Physics, Clarkson University, 1993.
Postdoc, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1993-1996.
Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1996-present.
Optical Society of America
American Mathematical Association
New Mexico Solar Energy Association
American Solar Energy Association
My training as a physicist has naturally given me an intimate familiarity with energy related units and concepts, which turns out to be very valuable even outside of a strictly professional scientific setting, in particular, for doing nonprofit environmental work. This is not something I really appreciated while a physics student, but is something I'd recommend any prospective physics student to consider as another good reason to obtain a solid physics education. After becoming interested in climate change about five years ago, I began examining the potential for renewable energy from a scientific and technological perspective, and quickly convinced myself that this energy source offers vast potential for near term reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Since then I have been actively involved in promoting renewable energy in New Mexico, becoming increasingly engaged with an educational group called the New Mexico Solar Energy Association (NMSEA - www.nmsea.org), the oldest solar energy group in the country. I now have been serving as president of NMSEA since 1999. Feeling that energy problems were policy related as well as economic and educational, I also became involved with a policy group called the Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy (CCAE - www.ccae.org), which I now co-chair.
My activities with these groups include preparing technical information in the form of papers, presentations, and curricula (very much like a university professor would), administrative work, giving press releases, attending meetings between various energy related entities, conducting public outreach at many events, giving demonstrations at public schools, organizing conferences, etc. I have found this work exciting, and rewarding especially in this era of great technological, political, and environmental change. I look forward to creating a cohesive and fun solar program for The Art Ranch along with any other support I can lend toward this wonderful project.