Adam Cohen

Adam Cohen

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

NineDot Energy

Brooklyn, NY USA

As a young person, no matter where your passions lie in terms of your career, there’s a path to being part of this revolution.


By Roadtrip Nation

Adam Cohen


My road in life has been direct.
I earned both a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in physics.
I expected to build my career in academia but decided instead to take a nonlinear step after graduating and work for the solar energy technology office for the U.S. Department of Energy.
After three years, I left the U.S. Department of Energy thinking about new business ideas.
While working for a clean transportation company in Washington, DC, my wife and I started thinking about what was next for our careers.
We decided to take a break, go on a road trip to national parks, and use the time to think about who we are and who we wanted to be.
We came up with the vision for NineDot Energy while on the road trip.
After learning about the policies, programs, and opportunities in New York, my wife, co-founder, and I decided to move to New York City to start NineDot Energy.
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High School
Bucknell University
University of Maryland


Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

I lead technology efforts for a community clean energy developer.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
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Accomplishing Goals

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Ask questions. Ask questions of people you don't know and ask questions of people you do know. People are so willing to share information. They want to give their ideas. Ask your professors. Ask people who work at big energy companies. It's also important to know that we need all types of people and interests in renewable energy—not just science and engineering. Whatever your skills are, you can help support this system. We need all hands on deck.

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