Tuesday 12pm, 1 November 2016

Beth ferguson

Solar Design for the 21st Century Fueling Station

Beth Ferguson

Assistant Professor - University of California, Davis


This lecture will explore Sol Design Lab's design work and research related to electric scooter solar charging stations for Austin, TX and the Bay Area that give urban dwellers a direct experience with renewable energy and a free solar charge.


Beth Ferguson is Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at The University of California Davis. She runs Sol Design Lab, a solar furniture design/build company. She has collaborated with public utilities, festivals, and universities to position solar energy as a civic and public resource. She has engaged thousands of participants in the development of projects such as solar charging stations, up-cycled public furniture, Climate Kits, and Green Maps. She has received commissions from SXSW, Austin Energy, ZER01 San Jose Biennial, TEDxPresidio, Coachella, The ZERO1 American Arts Incubator, The U.S Department of the State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the Bay Area Maker Faire. She has an MFA in Design from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught solar design courses and workshops at Stanford University, The University of Texas at Austin, The Art Institute of Chicago, and UC Santa Cruz.