Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Senior Fellow
World Resources Institute
Jennifer Wilcox is currently the James H. Manning Chair of Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In addition, she is a Senior Fellow at World Resources Institute, and later this Fall will transition to a Presidential Distinguished Professorship of Chemical Engineering and Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a master's degree in physical chemistry and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona. Having grown up in rural Maine, she has a profound respect and appreciation of nature, which permeates her work. Wilcox's research takes aim at the nexus of energy and the environment, developing both mitigation and adaptation strategies to minimize negative climate impacts associated with society's dependence on fossil fuels. She has served on a number of committees, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Physical Society, to assess carbon capture methods and impacts on climate. She is the author of the first textbook on carbon capture, published in 2012. She also gave a TED talk in April 2018 on Direct Air Capture.