The Fastest Path to Zero Initiative was founded in 2019 when the University of Michigan Energy Institute and the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences partnered to form a cross-campus team of interdisciplinary experts to tackle difficult research questions about how policymakers, researchers, and communities can work together to meet ambitious climate goals in Michigan and across the nation.

Within the University of Michigan we work to:

  • build unique research partnerships across the university and with outside partners;
  • connect key research insights with policymakers;
  • administer awards and support grantmaking; and
  • train students for specialized research and engagement roles in the growing clean energy workforce.


Todd Allen, Founding Director
Suzanne Hobbs Baker, Creative Director
Gabrielle Hoelzle, Lead Data Scientist
Carrie Harlow Project Coordinator

Student Researchers

Jason Cottrell

Hermione Li

Jennifer Moss

Brian Shen

Fastest Path Expert Advisors