Geography 2050

Dr. Marilyn Brown

Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Brown has worked in both academic and research institutes. After receiving her PhD in Geography from the Ohio State University in 1977, she taught as an associate professor of geography at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, conducting research on the diffusion of energy innovations. She then worked for 22 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she conducted several national climate change mitigation studies, including the Scenarios for a Clean Energy Future, which was cited by President Clinton as instrumental to his signing the Kyoto Protocol. Her research at Georgia Tech focuses on the design and impact of policies aimed at accelerating the deployment of innovations on the customer side of the electric meter. From 2010 through 2017, Dr. Brown served as a Presidential appointee on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, where she helped bring the nation’s most recent nuclear reactor on line, put the agency on track to reduce its CO2 emissions by 60% in 2020, and developed the concept of an “energy efficiency power plant”. She has authored more than 250 publications and six books including the forthcoming Reset: Enabling the Global Energy Transition (Columbia University Press). Among her honors and awards, she is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for co-authorship of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on Mitigation of Climate Change. She has served on eight committees of the U.S. National Academies and just finished her second term as a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee, where she chaired the Smart Grid Subcommittee. Dr. Brown graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Mathematics. She also holds a Masters of Resource Planning from the University of Massachusetts, and a PhD. in Geography from the Ohio State University with a minor in Quantitative Methods. She has been a Certified Energy Manager since 2003.