Dr. Abigail Mechtenberg is an Assistant Professor of Physics
and Environmental Studies
at Colgate University after finishing Visiting Assistant Professor in Energy Systems at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. She earned a PhD in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan, and completed Post-Doctoral research under Panos Papalambros in the Design Optimization Laboratory. In addition to her engineering and scientific expertise, she was a Visiting Professor at Clark University focusing on the intersection between International Development and Engineering Co-Design where she still collaborates.
She has founded an innovative and on-going engineering energy entrepreneurship education program with local engineers and technicians in Uganda called Empower Design
. She funds this work in-part by running K-12 project-based Physics of Energy and Engineering of Energy summer camps (in 2013 they were held at MIT). She presents her energy educational innovation at AAPT and hopefully soon ASEE sponsored meetings with practical laboratories as well as impact analysis and discussions.
Her main research expertise is in Uganda and US on Microgrids/SmartGrids and Hybrid vehicle design and controls optimization.
Research/Teaching Info: https://sites.google.com/site/abigailrmechtenberg/