Kurt Kornbluth is founding Director of the UC Davis Program for InternationalEnergy Technology and the UC Davis D-Lab, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and Associate Director for the UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies. Kornbluth’s research areas include hybrid fossil fuel/renewable electrical grids, and sustainable, low-carbon energy technologies for the developed and developing world. He has worked in the field of international development,renewable energy, and energy efficiency since 1993 and has a diverse background including implementing appropriate technology projects in Africa and Central America. In 2015, the University of California named him a Climate Action Champion for UC Davis as part of the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative. Kornbluth holds a Ph.D. in mechanical and aeronautical engineering from UCDavis and is a UC Davis Graduate School of Management Business Development Fellow as well as an NSF IGERT fellow.