Received his bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Asian Studies from Cornell University in 1991, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, Dept of Systems Engineering in 1998, where his doctoral research focused on the environmental impact of freight transport and logistics activities. From 1998 to 2000 he was a Lecturer in Logistics Management at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, where his teaching and research continued to focus on these issues. Since 2001 he has served as a Lecturer and Research Assistant in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering at Cornell, where he teaches and researches in the areas of energy efficiency, alternative energy, and energy for transportation. He also acts as an independent consultant in these fields to clients in government and industry.
After receiving his Ph.D., Albright was an assistant professor of agricultural engineering at the University of California at Davis for two years before coming to Cornell. He is a member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE); the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS); and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). In 1979 he received the Young Researcher of the Year Award, and in 1994 the Henry Giese Structures and Environment Award, given by ASAE. He is a fellow of ASAE and has been awarded several prizes from the ASAE for his research papers, as well as several teaching awards from the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Engineering.