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Brian Bauer

Professor of Practice
R.F. Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
244A Olin Hall


Brian is a seasoned international energy industry executive with extensive experience in Oil, Natural Gas, Chemicals, and renewables in the United States, Asia, and Europe.  Brian ran several international businesses during a long career in the energy industry and has expertise in operations, strategy, business development, mergers and acquisitions, major project management, corporate governance and organizational change.    Brian has been an active part of Cornell’s growing entrepreneurship ecosystem, where he designed and ran programs for climate and food & Agriculture startups, and where he continues to mentor startups.  Brian also serves on the Boards of the Paleontological Research Institute and the Sciencenter where he focuses on climate and science education.

Teaching Interests

  • Climate & Energy
  • Food & Agriculture Sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Emergency Response


  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University
  • M.B.A. Finance and Operations, University of Chicago