The James H. Manning Chaired Professor of Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Jennifer Wilcox is the James H. Manning Chaired Professor of Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Having grown up in rural Maine, she has a profound respect and appreciation of nature, which permeates her work as she focuses on minimizing negative impacts of humankind on our natural environment.
Wilcox’s research takes aim at the nexus of energy and the environment, developing both mitigation and adaptation strategies to minimize negative climate impacts associated with society’s dependence on fossil fuels. This work carefully examines the role of carbon management and opportunities therein that could assist in preventing 2° C warming by 2100. Carbon management includes a mix of technologies spanning from the direct removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to its capture from industrial, utility-scale and micro-emitter (motor vehicle) exhaust streams, followed by utilization or reliable storage of carbon dioxide on a timescale and magnitude that will have a positive impact on our current climate change crisis. Funding for her research is primarily sourced through the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy and the private sector. She has served on a number of committees including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Physical Society to assess carbon capture methods and impacts on climate. She gave a TED talk on the direct removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in 2018 and is also the author of the first textbook on carbon capture, published in March 2012.
to live in the moment
that my daughter has the same access to nature throughout her life, as we all do today
to be better than yesterday
to get a run in
to live in the moment
Picture of the day – my daughter wearing a shirt that I designed –
“Carbon capture and reliable storage – saving the planet and limited only by the second law of thermodynamics.” It’s a reminder – that the legacy I leave for my daughter – is to every day do my very best to make it so that she can appreciate nature just as we get to do today.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Breakfast burrito is an indulgence, but typical is oatmeal with soy milk – favorite restaurant would be something that serves seafood direct from my home state, Maine
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – working out with my daughter before school
10:00 AM – full swing of trying to save the planet – either in meetings and/or writing
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
Lobster rolls are my splurge
7:00 PM – board games and puzzles – family time
11:00 PM – editing or sleep
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Coffee, water, wine – sometimes scotch if it’s really cold outside and/or if I need more motivation to write. Highland Park is our favorite.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
Uber and Twitter
What should everyone try at least once?
a good swim in the ocean
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
In a good old-fashioned jigsaw puzzle