Faculty Profile: Klaus Lackner

Professor Klaus Lackner

Klaus Lackner

Ewing and J. Lamar Worzel Professor of Geophysics, Earth and Environmental Engineering; Director of Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at The Earth Institute


“It is great to work with undergraduates because they can look at new ideas without preconceived notions. They can challenge you, and force you to get things right because you really have to explain it well, and can’t resort to shortcuts.”


Professor Lackner, who directs the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at The Earth Institute, is developing a revolutionary device — modeled on tree leaves — that reduces carbon dioxide in the air. He is a pioneer on the clean use of fossil fuels and other solutions to climate change.

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Alternative Energy Resources
  • Energy, Minerals and Material Systems