Robert Amundsen is the Director of the M.S. in Energy Management program in NYIT's College of Engineering and Computing Sciences. Each year, he helps to plan the annual Energy Conference, an event that brings top experts in the energy and environmental fields to NYIT. He is an enthusiastic promoter of energy efficiency, and works tirelessly to protect the environment and save energy wherever possible. Amundsen is an advocate of using innovative technologies in virtual and material classrooms. He encourages students to take advantage of distance learning options in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from travel.
As president of the Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers, Amundsen is actively involved in local events that showcase new trends and technologies in the energy field. He is a past recipient of the Environmental Educator of the Year Award, and the Energy Professional Development Award. He served as the Engineering Faculty Advisor for the NYIT Solar Decathlon Team.
Amundsen earned a B.S. in Physics and Astronomy and a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Rochester, followed by an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Energy Management and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2018, he was elected to the AEE Energy Managers Hall of Fame, which recognizes "outstanding leaders in the energy industry who over their lifetimes have made significant contributions in the field of energy management."
- Developed the Minor in Energy Science, Technology and Policy, in collaboration with the Long Island Alternative Energy Consortium
- NYIT Cradle of Aviation Design Competition Engineering Advisor
- "Global Crossroads for Energy Professionals," The Corridor: Long Island's Journal for Strategic Alliances.
- "Active Audience for Passivhaus," Energy Insight.
- "Urban Farming: Victory Gardens for Sustainable Communities," International Energy and Sustainability Conference, Proceedings.
Courses I Teach/Have Taught at NYIT
- ENGY 610: Energy Management
- ENGY 670: Energy Technology in Perspective
- ENGY 695: Systems Engineering and Management
- ENGY 775: Alternative Energy Systems