The Energy Center, established in 2001, is part of the university’s Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics (RIEEE). The center conducts energy research and outreach activities in a multi-disciplinary environment and has programs in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy technology, biofuels, policy analysis, forecasting and economic development.
Ramsdell is a professor in the Department of Technology. He has led the Energy Center’s biofuels and biomass research initiative.
“Jeff will provide outstanding leadership for the center and build on his energy initiatives within North Carolina, in the U.S. and internationally,” said John Pine, RIEEE director.
Ramsdell received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida, a master of business administration degree from Rollins College and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Central Florida.
His research has been supported by the University of North Carolina Research Competitiveness Fund, the Golden LEAF Foundation, the North Carolina State Energy Office, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, and the Biofuels Center of North Carolina.