Daniel M. Kammen is Professor in the Energy and Resources Group Energy and Resources Group (ERG), Professor of Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy and is Professor of Nuclear Engineering in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL).
Kammen received his undergraduate degree in physics from Cornell University(1984), and his masters and doctorate in physics from Harvard (1986 & 1988) for work on theoretical solid state physics and computational biophysics. He was then the Wezmann & Bantrell Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology in the Divisions of Engineering, Biology, and the Humanities (1988 - 1991). First at Caltech and then as a Lecturer in Physics and in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Kammen developed a number of projects focused on renewable energy technologies and environmental resource management. At Harvard he also worked on risk analysis as applied to global warming and methodological studies of forecasting and hazard assessment. Kammen received the 1993 21st Century Earth Award, recognizing contributions to rural development and environmental conservation from the Global Industrial and Policy Research Institute and Nihon Keizai Shimbun in Japan.
From 1993 - 1998 Kammen was an Assistant Professor of Public and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Kammen played a key role in developing the interdisciplinary Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP) Program at Princeton, that awards undergraduate and masters certificates and a doctoral degree. He was STEP Chair from 1997 - 1999 and co-chair before that. In July of 1998 Kammen joined the interdisciplinary Energy and Resources Group (ERG) at the Univeristy of California, Berkeley as an Associate Professor of Energy and Society. Kammen is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Permanent Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences.