James Mueller is the Director of Research for the GW Solar Institute, where he oversees the Institute’s broad research agenda. In addition to coordinating with partners and collaborators on research projects, he also conducts original research that promotes pragmatic policy solutions for barriers to solar energy deployment.
Prior to his current role, Dr. Mueller was a policy advisor and John A. Knauss policy fellow in the United States Senate, where he worked on a variety of bipartisan energy and environment initiatives. These initiatives included a technology-neutral tax reform proposal for the energy sector that addressed the upfront cost of solar energy; an electric grid modernization title to unlock more distributed and intermittent energy resources; and a simplified upstream cap-and-auction policy to place a market-based price on the carbon content of traditional fossil fuels.
During his graduate and postgraduate studies, Dr. Mueller formulated new explanations for air-sea transfers of momentum, heat, and mass that will help to improve climate, hurricane, and weather models. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and professional conference presentations.
Dr. Mueller received his undergraduate degrees in Mathematics, History, and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and his doctorate in Physical Ocean Science and Engineering from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of Delaware.