Director, Global Climate and Energy Project
Dr. Benson is the director of Stanford University’s Global Climate and Energy Project, which develops innovative low carbon energy supplies to meet global energy needs. She is also a professor (research) in Stanford’s Department of Energy Resources Engineering. Dr. Benson was a coordinating lead author on the 2005 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage, and for the past 10 years she has studied how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide from power plants and pumping it into deep underground formations for permanent sequestration. Prior to joining Stanford, Dr. Benson worked in a number of capacities at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She serves on the Board of Directors of DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Climate Central. Dr. Benson received her Ph.D. from the University of California in the Material Science and Mineral Engineering Department.