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Bradley Layton

Assistant Professor
The University of Montana


Areas of Expertise:

Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles, Energy Efficiency, Renewables

Bradley Layton is an Assistant Professor in the Applied Computing and Electronics Department at Missoula College - UMontana where he directs the Energy Technology Program. This progressive curriculum offers students the opportunity to gain a perspective on human energy consumption and to be a part of developing emerging sustainable energy technologies such as photovoltaics, wind, biomass, geothermal, human power, and hydrogen fuel cells. The two-year associates degree in Energy Technology is available online and attracts students from across the nation and around the world. Partnered with UMontana's Climate Change Studies Minor, the program is highly interdisciplinary.

Several hands-on learning experiences are also available through the Shell EcoMarathon and the ASME Human-Powered Vehicle Challenge as well as their Summer Energy Practicum course which has featured innovative projects such as solar thermal engines and lighter than air wind turbines.

He also holds an affiliated faculty appointment in The University of Montana’s Biophysics and Biochemistry Program where he investigates the relationship between drought tolerance and micromechanics in a plant species that has been fully genetically sequenced.

Professor Layton joined the U Montana faculty in 2010 after serving on the Mechanical Engineering faculty at Drexel University. His PhD and master’s degrees were earned at The University of Michigan. He also holds a Bachelors Degree in mechanical engineering from MIT. He is an Editor for the Institute of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering as well as the International Big History Association. He has over seventy publications and abstracts spanning fields from nanotechnology to his latest passion, sustainable energy technology.

He is an avid bicycle builder, cyclist, kayaker, and was a member of the United States National Rowing Team in 1995 and 1997. He lives with his wife and two children in the Rattlesnake Valley.

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