Dr Sally Benson
Appointed 14th September 2023, Dr Sally Benson is currently holding the position of Precourt Family Professor within the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability. With a rich history of accomplishments at the forefront of energy research and sustainability, she served as a catalyst for cross-campus collaborations. Her groundbreaking work on carbon capture and storage as well as in net energy analyses for wind turbines, solar photovoltaics, and renewable energy storage has shaped the discourse in the field.
Her impact extends beyond academia. President Joe Biden appointed her to a key position in the White House's Office of Science & Technology Policy. While on leave from Stanford, Benson served as Director of the Energy Division and Chief Strategist for the energy transition from 2021 to 2023. She was the lead author of a special report on carbon capture and storage published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2005. In 2007, she was one of thousands of IPCC scientists to share the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to inform the public on the science of climate change.
Dr Benson holds a BA in Geology from the University of Colombia, an MS and PHD from the University of California, Berkeley,