Arne Jacobson - Brief Biography

Arne Jacobson is Director of the Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC) and Professor in the Environmental Resources Engineering Department at Humboldt State University. He is also the coordinator of HSU’s master’s program in Energy Technology and Policy. Arne has a Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. in Environmental Systems (engineering emphasis) from Humboldt State, and a bachelor's degree in Physics from Earlham College. His areas of research interest include renewable energy technology, energy policy, and energy access for low-income people in off-grid areas.

As the director of SERC, Arne leads a team of over 30 faculty, staff, and students engaged in research related to clean and renewable energy. Since joining Humboldt State University in 2005, he has been awarded grants and contracts totaling over $10 million in areas related to off-grid energy access, solar energy, biomass energy, and energy policy. Arne is a recipient of the 2015 Wang Family Excellence Award. He was also a member of a team that received the Secretary's Achievement Award in 2012 from Secretary Stephen Chu of the U.S. Department of Energy. 

Arne’s work is interdisciplinary, combining renewable energy engineering, energy policy, and a human geography based approach to international development studies. He has extensive international work experience in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America, including work over the past decade helping to lead the creation and implementation of the Lighting Global Quality Assurance program. Lighting Global QA is the leading international framework for quality assurance and consumer protection for off-grid solar products designed for use by low-income people in rural areas of Africa, Asia, and beyond. Arne is the co-chair of the off-grid solar working group (Joint Working Group 1) of Technical Committee 82 (photovoltaics) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). He also has expertise in biomass energy and has served as co-principal investigator for the Waste to Wisdom project and other related initiatives.