Technical Lead, Senior Research Scientist
Michael Jay Walsh is the Technical Lead for Carbon Free Boston and a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Sustainable Energy. Michael holds a B.A in Chemistry from Colby College and a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Environmental Engineering. His doctoral work focused on metal detoxification mechanisms in marine algae. During his time at Cornell, he served on the University’s President’s Climate Commitment and Sustainable Campus Committees. In 2008 he was elected by the student body to serve on Cornell’s Board of Trustees. For his work in climate action at Cornell, he received the university’s Distinguished Student Volunteer Award, an honorable mention as an Emerging Public Policy Leader from the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the N.G. Kaul Award from the New York Water Environment Association.
Prior to joining the ISE Michael was an Energy and Sustainable Technologies Fellow at Bentley University. In this role, he lead the financial, economic and innovation road mapping for a US Department of Energy-funded project to develop novel technologies that seek to meet emerging challenges at the food-energy-water-climate nexus. At Bentley, he won an Innovation in Teaching Award for teaching students how to develop their own climate change models.
PhD, Environmental Engineering, Cornell University BA, Chemistry, Colby College