Holmes appointed as Christenson Chair in Renewable Energy

Nov. 22, 2019 - Professor Russell Holmes has been appointed as the Ronald L. and Janet A. Christenson Chair in Renewable Energy for a five year term. As the Christenson Chair, Holmes will receive an annual stipend to support his scholarly activities in the research and education of renewable energy. Professor Uwe Kortshagen, a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, also holds a Christenson Chair, having been appointed last year.

The Christenson Chair is made possible by a generous endowment by the Christensons and signifies their passion for sustainable energy solutions. Ron is a 1972 Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering graduate. He served as the CTO for Cargill until his retirement in July 2009. Christenson hopes to make a difference for people by helping create advancements in a vital area of research—renewable energy. “Developing technologies that address the future of energy can make a huge difference in this world,” Christenson said. “There is a lot of luck and fate in life, but if you do not have the tools when the opportunity presents itself, you are not going to be able to do anything,” Christenson said. “I felt I got those tools at the University of Minnesota.”

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