Once I realized how much carbon pollution I was generating by flying, all I could think when I traveled was “My kids are going to have to clean up this mess.” Since then I restrict my travel to only those trips that are absolutely necessary and try to attend local conferences rather than international ones.
Austin Minnich is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics at Caltech. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science from UC Berkeley in 2006, followed by an S.M. and Ph.D from MIT’s Mechanical Engineering in 2008 and 2011, respectively. He started his faculty appointment in September 2011.