Carl Bickford — Professor of Engineering and Renewable Energy

Carl Bickford
Department School of Science
Office Science - 1640
Hours See posted schedule
Phone 505-566-3503

Degrees Received

  • BS Mechanical Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, 1990
  • MS Mechanical Engineering (Solar Thermal Design), Colorado State University, Fort. Collins, CO, 1994


Carl has been working at San Juan College for more than 20 years. He coordinates the Engineering transfer program (AS in Engineering) as well as teaching several of the classes. He also started one of the first renewable energy training programs in the country in the fall of 2000 and it ran successfully for 15 yeras. Carl makes all his electricity at home (off the grid) from the Sun and uses some of that energy to build wooden boats. In addition to electrical loads, his shop is heated with solar energy.

Courses Taught

  • PHYS-121 Introduction to Physics
  • PHYS-121L Introduction to Physics - Lab
  • RENG-220 PV Theory & System Design
  • RENG-252 Passive Solar Design and Analysis
  • RENG-260 Solar Thermal Design & Application

Program Faculty

Mark Johnson, Ph.D., P.E.
Mark Johnson, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor

For more information, please call Carl Bickford at 505-566-3503. Or send an email to