Research Team

The Solar Commons Project is part of the Minnesota Design Center at the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. The team is led by Professor Kathryn Milun, a legal anthropologist, and includes researchers in law, art, architecture, engineering, economics, and computer science.

Our Academic and Community Research Collaborators


Prof. Uwe Kortshagen, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Ronald L. and Janet A. Christenson Chair in Renewable Energy, Mechanical Engineering, University of MInnesota Twin Cities

Cole Carlson, Mechanical / Energy Engineer, P.E., C.E.M., LEED AP BD+C


Ellen McMahon, Associate Dean and Professor, School of Art, College of Fine Arts, University of Arizona

Dorsey Kaufmann, Artist (artist of the beautiful Solar Commons Tiles & Game)

Karlito Espinosa, Artist (artist of the Solar Commons Mural in Tucson, AZ)


Maria D. Pitner, Henson Efron, P.A., Minneapolis, Minnesota


Olivia Richards, Senior, Sustainable Systems Management, Minor in Management, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Niccolo DiGiovanni (Nico), Junior, Computer Science, Minor in Leadership, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Tobias Hanson, BS, Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

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