Allen Wright is the Executive Director of the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions at the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University. He also is appointed Senior Sustainability Scientist with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.
Wright’s current research focuses on the characterization and improvement of air capture media as well as other related technologies.
Wright is an alum of Michigan State University. He has worked a decade of estimating and project management in commercial and industrial electrical construction and a decade of marine operations as Deputy Operations Director of the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory piloting manned submersibles and remotely operated vehicles in support of NOAA sponsored oceanic research. This was followed by an appointment with Columbia University acting as a research engineer supporting the scientific community in the endeavor of converting the Biosphere II Center in Tucson, Arizona to a scientifically accepted research apparatus for climate and environmental research. Most recently, he was a senior research associate at the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at Columbia University, and has played a key role in the development of the humidity swing for air capture media.
Wright is also a co-founder and partner in Global Research Technologies, the first privately held company dedicated to the development and commercialization of Air Capture Technology, a technology for the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.