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Austin Brown

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Austin Brown is currently away from the lab on a detail to the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President.

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

Research Interests

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


  • 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

Featured Publications

Brown, Austin. "Transport Emissions: All Hail Robocabs." Nature Climate Change 5, no. 9 (September 2015): 804-05. NREL/JA-6A20-65088. doi:10.1038/nclimate2700

Vimmerstedt, L., A. Brown,, E. Newes, T. Markel, A. Schroeder, Y. Zhang, P. Chipman, and S. Johnson. 2015. Transformative Reduction of Transportation Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Opportunities for Change in Technologies and Systems. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-5400-62943.

Contributing Author. 2015. Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Energy. DOE/GO-102015-4640.

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

Brown, A., J. Gonder, and B. Repac. "An Analysis of Possible Energy Impacts of Automated Vehicles." Road Vehicle Automation. Chapter, Lecture Notes in Mobility (June 2014): 137-53.

Vimmerstedt., L., A. Brown, et al. "Potential Reductions in Emissions and Petroleum Use in Transportation: Perspectives from the Transportation Energy Futures Project." Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2375 (2013): 37-44.

Contributing Author, Revolution Now: The Future Arrives for Four Clean Energy Technologies. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Energy. 2013. Updated 2014.

———. 2013. Transportation, Land Use, and Accessibility Report. Washington, DC: Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy.

——— 2013. Systems Integration Report. Washington, DC: Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy.

———. Quadrennial Technology Review: Technology Assessments. US Department of Energy (2012).

Vimmerstedt, L.; A. Brown, G. Heath, T. Mai, M. Ruth, M. Melaina, T. Simpkins, D. Steward, E. Warner, K. Bertram, S. Plotkin, D. Patel, T. Stephens, and A. Vyas. 2012. High Penetration of Renewable Energy in the Transportation Sector: Scenarios, Barriers, and Enablers; Preprint. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/CP-6A20-54442.

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Full list of Austin Brown publications (NREL)