Leon R. Glicksman

Professor of Building Technology and Mechanical Engineering; Head, Building Technology Program
Mechanical Engineering and Architecture


Mapping coal’s decline and renewables' rise

Mapping coal’s decline and renewables' rise

CoalMap online tool shows what policy regulations and technological advancements can do for the cost-competitiveness of solar and wind energy.

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Leon R. Glicksman


Leon R. Glicksman is a professor of Building Technology and Mechanical Engineering, a member of the MIT faculty since 1966, and the director of MIT’s Building Technology Program for 19 years. His research focuses on energy-efficient, sustainable building technologies and designs, including natural ventilation, software design tools, and the integration of energy-efficient measures with indoor air quality considerations. He is an expert on energy-efficient urban housing for the developing world.


  • Energy-efficient, sustainable building technologies
  • Heat transfer of fluidized beds for clean combustion of dirty fuels.

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June 1, 2016
New electives augment undergraduate energy curriculum
Students test out in-class lessons on real-world energy challenges

June 9, 2015
MIT architects tackle India's slum problem

April 8, 2015
Emotionally inspired engineering
Fueled by her roots in China, senior Emma Nelson tackles environmental issues with engineering