The Challenge 2050 Project at the University of Florida

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Wendell Porter, Ph.D., P.E

porter2 Dr. Porter is a Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor with the Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department of the University of Florida. Dr. Porter teaches many energy related courses, one of which; Global Sustainable Energy, is taught online. This course has been updated and ported to the Coursera massive open, online course platform (MOOC) and has been taught to over 60,000 students. In 2014 he helped develop and teach the inaugural version of Challenge 2050: Tools. Dr. Porter’s research activities concern energy efficiencies from a systems point of view and transformation from fossil-fueled economies to ones based on renewable energy.

Dr. Porter has been a registered professional engineer since 1987 and has worked as an engineer for over 30 years. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and received his PhD in Agricultural and Biological Engineering in 2003. His energy engineering work includes water and wastewater facilities, renewable energy systems, food processing and residential housing.

Outside of his University work, Dr. Porter helped to organize the Community Weatherization Coalition, an all-volunteer group that performs free energy audits on low-income housing. Dr. Porter served on the group’s board of directors from its inception through 2015 and still serves as an auditor and trainer.

Previously Wendell has worked in a wide variety of industries including aerospace and engineering consulting. As a consultant he provided energy conservation expertise to citrus processing plants. His work in the aerospace industry included thermal analysis of flight and ground support hardware for the International Space Station.