Dr. Sabine Engel is director for international partnerships at the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment (IonE), a multi-disciplinary research entity that is built on the principles of partnership and collaboration. She serves as principal investigator on two international renewable energy and climate projects that bring together a broad group of stakeholders from Germany and the US Upper Midwest. Both projects are co-funded by the German government.
“Energy Transition 2.0: Regional Economies & Renewable Energy in the Upper Midwest/Berlin” focuses on renewable energy policy and the linkages between an accelerated energy transition and longer term economic development. “Climate-Smart Municipalities: Modeling Integrated Energy Communities for the 21st Century—NRW and Minnesota” focuses on cities that embrace their role as leaders in envisioning and building more sustainable communities. Emphasizing the need for the long view and the role of young people in these efforts, that project is loosely connected to the study abroad energy policy experience “Germany: Leading the Renewables Revolution.” Offered each fall with a 2-week study tour to Germany in January, the course is part of the Institute’s Sustainability Education Program and open to students from across the University of Minnesota system.
From 2014 to October 2015, Sabine was program director for economic development in the University of Minnesota’s Office of University Economic Development. From 2007 to 2014, she directed the interdisciplinary DAAD Center for German & European Studies at the University of Minnesota. As director, she built unique Minnesota-Germany exchange programs on health policy, renewable energy policy, and workforce development and developed additional international research initiatives that create tangible benefits for all partners. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Duke University and a master’s degree from the University of Hamburg.