Kent Udell, Board Member

Kent Stewart Udell’s Utah ancestry runs deep. His great-great grandfathers helped settle Red Rock country for farming in cooperation with Indigenous People. After finishing his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering in 1980, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley, for 25 years, before returning to the University of Utah as the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He teaches Sustainable Energy Engineering and Engineering Ethics classes at the University of Utah and is actively involved in solar-thermal energy collection and storage. Udell’s passions involve nature, both the joy it brings and the mysteries it reveals. As an avid skier, hiker, kayaker, biker, river-runner, and fly-fisherman, Udell finds deep spiritual meaning in the natural world, and an understanding that protecting our earth is a sacred act.