Dr. Bryan Willson is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU) and is Executive Director of the Energy Institute. In these roles, he has worked for over 25 years to develop large-scale solutions for global energy needs. Dr. Willson is on assignment from CSU serving as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).
The Energy Institute serves as a nucleus of research, education, and outreach for the faculty, staff, and students of Colorado State University. Energy is a central element of almost every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. CSU has a long history of pioneering work in energy, with over 160 faculty developing energy technologies, exploring the economics, environmental, and sociological impacts of energy use, and proposing energy policy solutions. The Institute aims to grow the impact, reach, and reputation of energy research and education at Colorado State University by increasing collaboration with industry and governmental partners, creating new research and educational opportunities for CSU faculty and students, and accelerating the dissemination of CSU solutions. This cross-campus, interdisciplinary effort is operated under the Office of the Vice President for Research. The extensive network of researchers, research, programs, and centers, spans all eight colleges at CSU, and extends off campus to a global network of public and private partners.