Princeton University has announced a $100 million gift from alumnus and international business executive Gerhard R. Andlinger to accelerate research on effective and sustainable solutions to environmental problems and energy production.
The gift will support the creation of the Gerhard R. Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment within Princeton's School of Engineering and Applied Science as well as several new faculty positions, a visitors program, and research into areas traditionally difficult to support through conventional federal research funds.
Major research areas at the center will include improving energy efficiency and conservation, developing sustainable energy sources, and improving the management of carbon, with a focus on moving discoveries rapidly to the marketplace. In addition to those areas, the center will support teaching and research that intersects with public policy through the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and with the natural sciences through the Princeton Environmental Institute.
Awarded as part of the university's recently launched capital campaign, the gift will provide the base for a series of investments the university plans to make in fundamental science, public policy, and technological solutions related to sustainable energy production and climate change.
"As we witness the soaring global demand for energy and its profound environmental impact, we have a tremendous responsibility to turn our scientific knowledge into concerted action," said university president Shirley M. Tilghman. "With this visionary and transformative gift, Gerry Andlinger is positioning Princeton to bring its very significant strengths in science, engineering, and public policy to bear on the challenge of developing technologies that will provide future generations with a healthy environment and sustainable sources of energy. I am enormously grateful to Gerry for his generosity and leadership."