The Woman Who Beat Enrico Fermi at Tennis

Floy Agnes Lee, who died on March 6 at age 95, led a rich life that included learning to fly airplanes, earning a PhD, working at multiple national laboratories, and regularly beating Enrico Fermi at tennis. You’re probably familiar with Fermi, the 1938 Nobel Prize winner in physics, who is even more famous for orchestrating … Read more

What GE’s Woes Can Teach Electric Utilities

In just two years, General Electric has gone from being lauded as a digital “startup” to being trashed as an “astonishing mess.” Those two labels were applied by cover stories in Bloomberg Businessweek in March 2016 and February 2018. How could one of the largest multinational conglomerates be praised for its audacious reinvention as “The … Read more

Six Things I Didn’t Know About NREL

There’s more to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) than its name suggests. Here’s a preview of one thing I learned during a visit last week to the Golden, Colorado, campus: NREL is doing work that benefits every energy user and every sector of the industry—even fossil fuels. First, a Bit of Context Unless you … Read more