Princeton Profiles: Dan Steingart, Exploring Batteries With Creativity

Danielle Alio, Office of Communications ・ High Meadows Environmental Institute

While driving across the country, Dan Steingart found his passion for researching sustainable energy storage. The Princeton University assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, who grew up on the East Coast, was on his way to graduate school at the University of California-Berkeley when he thought about a future without oil.

“I was driving through the desert and I remembered ‘Mad Max’ and what happens when the oil runs out, what is going to happen to these towns,” Steingart said. “Hopefully the oil won’t run out for a long time, but this idea of needing to store energy and figuring out ways to store pockets of energy became very important to me because oil is energy that has been stored for millions of years, and we get to use it now to figure out a way of storing energy sustainably.”