Andlinger Center director, Lynn Loo, will step down as director and join the newly founded Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation, based in Singapore, as its first chief executive officer.
Loo will take a two-year leave from Princeton University to fulfill this new role, effective August 1, 2021. Claire Gmachl, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering and associate chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will serve as the interim director of the Andlinger Center.
In the past five years, Loo strategically focused on external engagement and high-impact projects, guiding the research community to work on practical and foundational questions needed to address climate change in the 21st century. She challenged researchers to identify pathways to decarbonization that are feasible and effective in all parts of the world, including in places like India and China where population and quality of life are increasing, which often comes with more carbon emissions. She saw energy systems as key to doing this, and she incorporated the Energy Systems Analysis Group into the center. Loo also recruited researchers with deep knowledge in energy systems.
Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber said, “Lynn Loo’s outstanding research and civic engagement have made her an internationally respected scientific leader on issues of climate change. As CEO of the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation, she will have an even more direct impact on the most critical environmental issues facing humanity. I am grateful for her service to Princeton, and I am confident that she will represent the University superbly in her new role.”