TEDxBoston

Ben Schwegler

Scientist

Dr. Ben Schwegler is Chief Scientist of Engie China Lab. Before joining Engie, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist of The Walt Disney Company. In that role he founded and led Disney’s first Research Laboratory in China. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, where his research focuses on Integrated Infrastructure, including simulation of the global demand for resources needed to adapt to sea level change. Ben’s current research is focused on understanding how Integrated Infrastructure design can balance the needs of environmental quality with economic growth, and specifically how materials can be designed to achieve both energy efficiency and “up-cycling” of resources. He is a member of the US National Academy of Construction and has been honored with the UCLA Centennial Luminary Award for Physical Sciences, and the Henry Michel Award from ASCE (USA) for outstanding research in the Design and Construction Industry. In addition to Stanford, Ben has also advised graduate students at ÉCole Nationale des Ponts et Chausées (France), the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) and the University of California at Los Angeles (USA). He has authored dozens of scientific articles and book chapters and has several US Patents.