Blake Coughenour

Renewable Energy Network Fellow
College of Optical Sciences

Blake Coughenour is interested in engineering for global change. With a background in physics and robotics, he came to Arizona to participate in the development of large telescopes for astronomy, but instead found a niche for applying optical technology to combat global warming. His research at the Steward Observatory Solar Laboratory focuses on developing optics for solar electricity at a cost lower than any other solar energy method, and competitive with fossil fuel generation. Through this work, Blake believes we can create utility-scale renewable energy that is mechanically robust, commercially upgradeable, and highly suitable for sun-rich regions around the world. Thisability to provide cheap renewable energy will reduce local dependence on fossil fuel energy sources and contribute to regional sustainability.

Accepted Scholar:



Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation

College of Engineering 

College of Science Galileo Circle

Graduate College

Arizona Institute for Resilience

Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment & Social Justice

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences