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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

Academic Degrees:

B. S. Physics, Magna Cum Laude, SUNY College at Fredonia, 1989.
M. S. Physics, Clarkson University, 1991.
Ph. D. Physics, Clarkson University, 1993.

 Research Experience:

Postdoc, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1993-1996.
Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1996-present.

 Professional Organizations:

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.