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Drennen’s book now available

Copies of “Pathways to a Hydrogen Future,” by Associate Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies Thomas Drennen, are available at the College Store.

Jennifer E. Rosthal ’03 is a co-author of the book, which discusses how moving to a hydrogen economy could help reduce the United States’ reliance on foreign oil, improve local air quality, and reduce the risk of climate change.

Despite the potential of hydrogen, there is no guarantee that the hydrogen economy will happen as the obstacles are considerable and the competing visions are many.

Drennen’s book seeks to untangle the competing visions of a hydrogen economy, explain the trade-offs and obstacles and offer recommendations for a path forward. The results are based on “The Hydrogen Futures Simulation Model,” developed at Sandia National Laboratories, where he is senior economist.

He earned a B.S. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in resource economics from Cornell University. In 2006, he received the Hobart and William Smith Excellence in Teaching Award.

Rosthal, an economics major who graduated with honors, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Koshare, and the sailing team. She was named to the dean’s list, and studied off-campus in Washington, D.C., and abroad in Geneva, Switzerland.