Austin L. Brown, Adjunct Faculty

Austin L. Brown, PhD is senior analyst for strategic planning in the Washington, DC office of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He leads analysis projects informing the portfolio and strategic direction of the US DOE’s office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). His work focuses on clean transportation, including efficient and electrified vehicles, renewable fuels, and transportation system interactions with the built environment.

Prior to joining NREL, Dr. Brown worked for senior EERE leadership on priority projects as a fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has a B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College and received his Ph.D. in Biophysics from Stanford University. With this scientific training, Dr. Brown transitioned to Washington to connect science to policy decisions, especially federal energy research funding.

Dr. Brown’s primary career interest is to see the United States begin on a pathway that leads towards a future where energy is clean, sustainable, affordable, and reliable domestically and worldwide. This overall goal is at least partially selfish as it will ensure he can continue doing the things he loves – appreciating the outdoors, SCUBA diving, skiing – and help save these invaluable resources for future generations.

Prof. Brown’s JHU email is He teaches 425.623 Transportation Policy in a Carbon-constrained World.

Austin Brown