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Austin Brown

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Austin Brown is a member of the Washington D.C. Office in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Senior Analyst (Strategic Planning)
On staff since 2010
Phone number: 202-488-2203

Areas of expertise

  • Crosscutting low-carbon strategies
  • Clean transportation technologies and policies

Primary research interests

  • Clean energy research portfolio planning
  • Energy and society
  • Sustainable transportation systems

Education and background training

  • Ph.D. in biophysics, Stanford University, 2007
  • B.S. in physics, Harvey Mudd College, 2002

Prior work experience

  • Analyst, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 2008-2010
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University, 2008

Selected publications

Vimmerstedt, L., Brown, A., Newes, E., Markel, T., Schroeder, A., Zhang, Y., Chipman, P. and Johnson, S.; Transformative Reduction of Transportation Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Opportunities for Change in Technologies and Systems, Technical Report NREL/TP-5400-62943 (2015).

Contributing Author, Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States, US Department of Energy (2015).

Clinton, B., Brown, A., Davidson, C., and Steinberg, D.; Impact of Direct Financial Incentives in the Emerging Battery Electric Vehicle Market: A Preliminary Analysis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (2015)

Brown, A., Gonder, J., and Repac, B.; An Analysis of Possible Energy Impacts of Automated Vehicles, Chapter, Road Vehicle Automation. Lecture Notes in Mobility (Meyer, G., and Beiker, S, editors) (2014).

Contributing Author, Revolution Now: The Future Arrives for Four Clean Energy Technologies, US Department of Energy (2013), and update (2014).

Vimmerstedt., L; Brown, A.; et al.; Potential Reductions in Emissions and Petroleum Use in Transportation: Perspectives from the Transportation Energy Futures Project, Journal of the Transportation Research Board No. 2375 pp. 37-44 (2013).

Contributing Author, Transportation, Land Use, and Accessibility Report. Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy (2013).

Contributing Author, Systems Integration Report. Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy (2013).

Contributing Author, Quadrennial Technology Review: Technology Assessments. US Department of Energy (2012).

Vimmerstedt, L.; Brown, A.; Heath, G.; Mai, T.; Ruth, M.; Melaina, M.; Simpkins, T.; Steward, D.; Warner, E.; Bertram, K.; Plotkin, S.; Patel, D.; Stephens, T.; Vyas, A. (2012). High Penetration of Renewable Energy in the Transportation Sector: Scenarios, Barriers, and Enablers; Preprint. 9 pp.; NREL Report No. CP-6A20-54442.

Web site – Transparent Cost Database

Web site – Buildings, Industry, Transportation, and Electricity Scenarios

Full list of Austin Brown publications (NREL)

Personal interests/hobbies

SCUBA diving, cooking, sustainable agriculture, running, hiking, volleyball, reading, singing, science education, travel