Professor, Energy Resources Engineering; Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy; Director, Global Climate and Energy Project

Sally M. Benson holds three appointments at Stanford University: professor of energy resources engineering, director of the Precourt Institute for Energy and director of the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP). Prior to coming to Stanford in 2007, she was at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for 29 years, where she held several key positions, including deputy director of operations. A groundwater hydrologist and reservoir engineer, Benson is a leading authority on carbon capture and storage and emerging energy technologies. In 2012, she served as a convening lead author of the Global Energy Assessment, a multinational project coordinated by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Her research interests include technologies for a low-carbon future, net energy analysis and geologic carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration in saline aquifers.  Benson serves on the boards of directors of the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Carbon Management Canada and Climate Central. She received a B.S. in geology from Barnard College at Columbia University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in materials science and mineral engineering from the University of California-Berkeley.