Robert Socolow, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University and a member of the Bulletin's Science and Security Board, has received the Keystone Award for Leadership in the Environment, in recognition of his work on global carbon management and fossil-carbon sequestration.
Socolow received the award in June from the Keystone Center, a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that brings together public, private and civic sector leaders to confront societal issues and prepare future generations to effectively approach the questions they will face.
Socolow is the co-principal investigator with Princeton ecologist Stephen Pacala of the university's Carbon Mitigation Initiative, a project that coordinates research in environmental science, energy technology, geological engineering and public policy. The scientists co-authored "Stabilization wedges: Solving the climate problem for the next 50 years with current technologies," an influential paper published in the journal Science in 2004.
Socolow serves on two committees of the National Academies, America's Energy Future and America's Climate Choices. He was a member of the Grand Challenges for Engineering Committee of the National Academy of Engineering from 2006 to 2008 and served as the editor of Annual Review of Energy and the Environment from 1992 to 2002.