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Summer 2013 Participants

Emil Annevelink

Emil is spending twelve weeks at Imprint Energy in Emeryville, California helping to analyze the application and intellectual property landscape for novel format rechargeable batteries. He is pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and plans to double major in Energy Engineering. Emil is interested in renewable energy and its ability to mitigate climate change and the human impact on the environment. Emil is part of Theta Delta Chi social fraternity, enjoys playing basketball and ultimate frisbee, listening to music and hanging out with friends and family.

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Cyrus Blankinship

During his Cal Energy Corps placement with Energy Biosciences Institute at UC Berkeley, Cyrus is working on a project to promote climate smart land use in Brazil. He is a junior majoring in Architecture with a minor in Sustainable Design. Cyrus is interested in how design and planning can be guided by a scientific analysis in order to create a better built environment. Cyrus is involved with the student-led organization, Global Architecture Brigades, which seeks to design sustainable solutions for developing countries. Outside of school, he enjoys spending his time rock climbing, backpacking, running, and swimming.

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Leo Brossollet

Leo is helping to stream-line the manufacturing stages of roofing panels made out of recycled materials at ModRoof in Ahmedabad, India. He is a first-year Physics major. Born in Paris, France, Leo moved to the San Fernando Valley when he was four years old. Since coming to UC Berkeley he has worked under professor Michael Ranney as part of a research group focusing on climate change acceptance. When he’s not working on research, Leo enjoys surfing, swimming and playing the drums. After college he hopes to become a Civil Engineer.

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Alan Cai

Alan is spending twelve weeks this summer at Energy Biosciences Institute at UC Berkeley on a project to promote climate smart land use in Brazil. He is a senior double-majoring in Environmental Sciences and Atmospheric Sciences. Alan has served as the undergraduate co-president of Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC). Upon graduating he hopes to go on to participate in efforts to address climate change and air pollution. In his free time, he enjoys swimming and following developments in science and environmental policy.

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Emily Chou

Emily is working in Nicaragua at the non-profit blueEnergy, researching, testing and implementing efficient cook stoves for rural communities. She is a freshman majoring in Materials Science and Engineering. Emily first became interested in efficient cook stoves while working at the Berkeley Lab with the Berkeley-Darfur Stoves project led by Ashok Gadgil. To relax, Emily likes to read and experiment with crafts.

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Chun Man Chow

Chun Man is based in Kolkata, India this summer at the Gadgil Lab where he is helping to develop affordable arsenic remediation for drinking water in rural India. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he is a first-year Environmental Engineering Science student. On campus, Chun Man conducts research at the Pallud Lab studying how microbial communities control the environmental geochemistry of selenium in California’s Salton Sea. Outside of class, he enjoys playing tennis and basketball, drawing, eating, hanging out, and playing musical instruments.

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Carter Chung

Carter is spending the summer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong with an interdisciplinary research team helping to investigate the impacts of the Urban Heat Island effect in Hong Kong. He is a Mechanical Engineering major, who wants to be an inventor. Carter hopes to apply mechanical solutions to world problems like he did last summer at Romny Scientific, Inc., where he worked on developing a device to make use of the thermoelectric effect to recover waste energy. Outside of class he spends most of his time conducting research at a biomechanics lab at UCSF or volunteering at his church.

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Sumin Dong

Sumin is spending twelve weeks in Nicaragua at the non-profit blueEnergy, on a project to help install solar PV systems in rural communities. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, she is a sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Spanish. Sumin acquired her passion for sustainability after moving to Oregon and experiencing the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She spent last summer in Spain designing a hybrid system that incorporated wind and solar energy. On campus, she conducts research on MOFs in Professor Jeffrey R. Long’s inorganic chemistry group, works as a chemistry tutor for Academic Services, and serves as a proud member of Alpha Phi Women’s Fraternity.

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Connor Galleher

Connor’s placement is in Nicaragua at the non-profit blueEnergy, where he is working on a project to help design solar latrines for the rural communities of Blue Fields. He is a third-year Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering major. On campus, Connor conducts research in the Graves group on the practical applications of low temperature ambient gas plasmas. He has worked with a physician at UCSF to develop a disinfection protocol for a material known as LifeWrap, which is used in the developing world to prevent maternal death during childbirth. Connor has also performed research at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego studying the signaling pathways in cells and at the Joint Bio Energy Institute, developing an efficient method to produce high quality biofuels.

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Sofia Hamilton

Sofia will be working at the Chinese University of Hong Kong with an interdisciplinary research team helping to investigate the impacts of the Urban Heat Island effect in Hong Kong. Originally from Marin County in California, she is a Civil and Environmental Engineering major, minoring in Energy Engineering. On campus, she serves on the Sustainability Committee for the Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship Association. She is a member of the chassis team for CalSol, the UC Berkeley Solar Car Team, and is the Vice President of Academic Development of her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi. Sofia loves being outdoors, traveling, and experiencing new cultures and cuisines.

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Troy Hodges

Troy is working with Waster Enterprisers’ engineering team, assisting in operating a new, small commercial scale waste-to-fuel factory in Accra, Ghana. He is a senior in Conservation and Resource Studies with a focus on Sustainable Energy Resource Management. Troy’s studies and work experience have honed in on the nexus of energy, ecology, and economics. While studying abroad in South Africa, Troy worked on a project to build a methane digester to provide biogas for a rural community center. He is part of a research project in Kenya’s Lake Victoria studying the links between ecosystem and community health. Troy gets a kick out of playing jazz trumpet, hiking, cycling, and seeking the spiciest foods on the planet.

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Heather Hughes

Heather’s placement is at Academia Sinica in Taiwan, where she is helping to create new materials for solar cells. She is a first-year Mechanical Engineering major with a special interest in alternative energy production and distribution. In prior energy research, Heather developed a computer program to analyze the feasibility of tidal turbine based tidal power at eight different locations around the United States. On campus, Heather serves as Events Director for the undergraduate division of the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC), and Public Relations Officer for the Society of Women Engineers. In her free time, Heather also enjoys learning Mandarin Chinese, practicing yoga, and attending live music concerts.

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Jae Bin Ju

During his Cal Energy Corps placement with the National University of Singapore, Jae is helping with the development of high power li-ion batteries that will include safety features. He is a junior transfer student majoring in Mechanical Engineering, with an interest in sustainable energy. Jae’s focus on energy first came about during a thermodynamics class he took on campus. In his free time, he likes to play basketball and watch movies and TV.

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Nidhi Kaul

Nidhi is working at the National University of Singapore helping to conduct a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis for electric vehicles. Originally from the Bay Area, she is pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Economics and Policy. Nidhi is passionate about renewable energy and clean water sources; hence, she can often be found applying for grants to alleviate the local water crisis as a Cal Shinnyo-en Peacebuilding Leader. On campus, she is a consultant for Bay-Area Environmentally Aware Consulting Network (BEACN) and the operations manager for Blue and Gold Yearbook. In her free time, Nidhi enjoys dancing, writing, discovering new food, and exploring the outdoors.

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Erin Kunz

Erin is working in Nicaragua at the non-profit blueEnergy, on a project to help install solar PV systems in rural communities. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, she is a second-year Mechanical Engineering student. On campus Erin is involved with Theta Tau, the professional engineering fraternity, and a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Erin’s interest in sustainable technologies and developmental work began in high school with her heavy involvement in Habitat for Humanity, where she served as the president of her high school’s club for two years. In her free time, Erin enjoys being outside, playing sports, travelling, music and spending time with friends and family.

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Elise Lim

Elise is spending twelve weeks at Imprint Energy in Emeryville, California helping to analyze the application and intellectual property landscape for novel format rechargeable batteries. Elise is a sophomore double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering. On campus, she is involved in the Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, CalSol, and Berkeley Innovation. In her free time Elise enjoys playing jazz piano and ukulele, leisure running, going to the beach, and snowboarding.

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James MacDonald

James is conducting research to help create the next generation of hydrogen fuel cells and supercapacitors at Academia Sinica in Taiwan. Native to the Bay Area, he is a Chemical Engineering major, with an interest in alternative energy. James is an officer in the UC Berkeley chapter of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and an active member in his fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega.

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Sahra Mirbabaee

Sahra is working in Leipzig, Germany at Fraunhofer MOEZ helping to evaluate European energy efficiency programs. She is a third-year Urban Studies major. On campus, Sahra has been involved with the Cal Facilitation Team, Blueprint Leaders for Social Justice, and Global Architecture Brigades. As President of Global Architecture Brigades, she led the winning design of a national competition for a rainwater collection system and has completed research in the City and Regional Planning Department on the implementation of Climate Action Plans in cities across California. Sahra is interested in using city planning as a means to improve the built and natural environment.

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John Palfreyman

John is spending eleven weeks at Waster Enterprisers assisting the engineering team in operating a new, small commercial scale waste-to-fuel factory in Accra, Ghana. He is a sophomore majoring in Chemical and Nuclear Engineering. John plans to apply his education to the development of alternative energies in the US and overseas. He recently took a two year break from UC Berkeley to serve as a missionary in Sonora, Mexico, where he provided spiritual and humanitarian service. Having learned fluent Spanish, he is now a legal interpreter for a small law firm in Southern California. In his spare time, John is a private tutor for a local Berkeley family with special needs boys.

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Shayne Petkiewicz

During his Cal Energy Corps placement with the Berkeley Lab, Shayne is helping to develop new materials for next generation sodium-ion batteries. He is a Chemical Engineering major with a concentration in Materials Science and Technology. On campus Shayne is involved with the Berkeley Student Cooperative and acts as a research assistant in the Alivisatos Lab. His lab research focuses on developing plasmon rulers for bio-imaging purposes.

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Harini Sadeeshkumar

Harini is spending the summer at Embrapa in Brazil helping to create sustainable, less energy-intensive food crops. She is a third-year majoring in Bioengineering with a concentration in Synthetic Biology. On campus Harini has worked in the Arkin lab where she conducted research on the genetic background of E. Coli. She leads a team of Engineers without Borders that focuses on designing and implementing rainwater harvesting systems at schools in Peru that are affected by arsenic contamination in the groundwater. Harini is a member of the UC Women’s Chorale and enjoys reading in her free time.

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David Strachan-Olson

David is working at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur pretreating algal biomass for potential renewable energy applications. He is pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Bioengineering. David’s interest in biology and climate change research was sparked last year when he attended the 2012 Cal Energy Corps Symposium. In his free time, David plays mellophone and designs halftime shows as a member of the University of California Marching Band.

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Lionadi The

Lionadi’s placement is at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur helping to quantify the kinetics of enzymatic delignification of lignocellulosic biomass for bioethanol production. He is a junior transfer student majoring in Bioenergy and Biotechnology. On campus, Lionadi conducts research on bioremediation in Norman Terry’s lab and bacteria-derived biofuel research in the Keasling Lab. In his free time he likes to exercise and attend bible study with the Christian on Campus club.

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Daniel Tjandra

Daniel is working with Waster Enterprisers in Kumasi, Ghana, helping to develop processes to convert fecal sludge into biodiesel. Originally from Indonesia, he is a fourth-year Chemical Engineering major. Upon graduating Daniel plans to pursue work around energy and fuel production. He has conducted research under Professor Alexis Bell on conversion of biomass to biodiesel and worked at Fuchs Lubricant.

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Geoffrey Winegar

Geoffrey’s placement is at Embrapa in Brazil helping to create sustainable, less energy-intensive food crops. He is majoring in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Portuguese. Geoffrey spent much of his childhood living in Hong Kong and traveling through Asia. He recently spent two years teaching and serving Cambodian, Brazilian, and Spanish-speaking populations in New England. He enjoys streamlining research performed by scientists from around the world at LBNL’s Advanced Light Source. When Geoffrey isn’t learning languages or dreaming of how to mitigate climate change, he could be unicycling, playing basketball, or pretending to win the Tour de France while biking to class.

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Jason Zhang

Jason’s internship is at the Berkeley Lab helping to improve methods for converting lignocellulosic biomass to biofuels. From Virginia Beach, he is a Bioengineering major, with a focus on Biomaterials, Biomechanics, and Cell and Tissue Engineering. On campus Jason has worked in the Song Li Lab on the effects of cell topography on throughput of cell reprogramming and in the Zilberman Lab studying the epigenetics factors in Arabidopsis plants. In his free time, Jason enjoys playing the piano, tennis and watching TV.

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