Spring 2015

Professor Receives Prestigious CSU Award

Arne Jacobson

Arne Jacobson (’97, MS Environmental Systems), a faculty member in the Environmental Resources Engineering department and director of the Schatz Energy Research Center, is one of five recipients of the 2015 California State University Wang Family Excellence Award.

The award celebrates CSU faculty and administrators who, through extraordinary commitment and dedication, have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements in their academic disciplines and areas of assignment.

Jacobson’s work supports widespread use of off-grid power systems that provide affordable and reliable energy to low-income people in Africa and Asia. Closer to home, he’s involved in renewable energy projects that are relevant to California.

His teaching areas include senior level energy design courses in the ERE program and graduate seminars in the Energy Technology and Policy option of the Environmental Systems graduate program. He also focuses on leading thriving research programs and, to date, has served as principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on clean energy projects that have brought more than $11 million to campus. Jacobson joins previous HSU Wang Award winners, Eugene Novotney and Stephen Cunha.