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Summer 2015 Participants

Christine Abelyan

Christine Abelyan

I am second year Physics Major originally from Los Angeles. I got interested in renewable energy when I started research a year ago at JCAP working with catalysts to assist in the water splitting process. I have a passion for physics and renewable energy and hope to continue pursuing this environmental issue. Aside from research, I am also apart of the Cal NERDS Physics Proton Program and Sigma Kappa Sorority. On my free time I like to read, hike, and travel.

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Wes Adrianson

Wes Adrianson

Wes Adrianson is a second year majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a minor in City Planning. He has a background in environmental advocacy and community organizing, with experience in the Associated Students of the University of California and Environment California. Wes aspires to work on energy and climate policy as it pertains to environmental justice, especially in developing parts of the world. He is thrilled to spend the summer working as a Cal Energy Corp Intern with blueEnergy in Nicaragua, connecting rural communities with sustainable solar technology. 

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Ryan Avery

Ryan Avery

I am a third year student studying as an Environmental Sciences Major and Geographic Information Systems and Technology Minor. From an early age I’ve been interested in the relationships between humans, infrastructure, and the environment and I’m specifically interested in studying how land use change can alter the ecosystem services provided by a landscape. In my spare time I like to go for trail runs, and debate international relations, money, and politics in UC Berkeley’s Model United Nations, and enjoy the variety of running trails in the Bay Area.

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Daniel Caveney

Daniel Caveney

I am a second-year Environmental Economics and Policy major, and I’m very excited to spend the summer researching European renewable energy policy at Fraunhofer MOEZ in Germany. At Cal, I have been able to explore my interest in the nexus of sustainability and business as a director and associate consultant at the Bay-Area Environmentally Aware Consulting Network (BEACN). I also work as an undergraduate researcher in the Matthew Potts Lab, investigating the effects of habitat disturbances on clouded leopards in Sumatra. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, reading, and playing basketball and guitar.

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Maude Hoffman

Maude Hoffmann

Maude Hoffmann is a second year Chemical Engineering student at the UC, Berkeley. She is very interested in the intersection of chemical engineering, renewable energy, and environmental issues. This summer she will be working at the National University of Singapore on the development of lithium titanate based Li-ion batteries. Growing up on the beach in San Diego, she loves the beach, wildlife, and the outdoors. She is currently a member of the new projects team of engineers without borders and the Vice President of Housing for her sorority, Pi Beta Phi.

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Brandon Huang

Brandon Huang

Brandon is a first-year chemical engineering student at UC Berkeley. He is a research apprentice in the College of Chemistry developing lab procedures for the first year chemistry curriculum, and is also a member of the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi. Brandon’s academic interests are in engineering design, computing, and physics. In his spare time, he is an avid fan of e-sports and karaoke.

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Andy Keeton

Andy Keeton

Andy is a second year bioengineering major from Highlands Ranch, Colorado. He will be spending the summer in Kharagpur, India at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur working with Dr. Saikat Chakraborty on innovating smart reactor mixing strategies for the production of cellulosic ethanol. Andy is a member of the UC Rally Committee and currently serves as the Vice Chair of Rallies. He is also involved with Engineers for a Sustainable World, where he is working on the algae biofuels team developing an algae bioreactor, and the new projects team for Engineers Without Borders.

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Anushri Kumar

Anushri Kumar

Anushri is a sophomore at Cal, and will be working at Lawrence Berkeley this summer. Originally from India, she now stays in Singapore, from where she braves those pesky 24-hour long flights to her second home – Cal. Passionate about sustainability, she loves working with anything energy. She is a proud member of Concrete Canoe, and in her free time likes to write for Insight at Berkeley. Outside of class, she enjoys exploring the quirky side of SF. In the future, you’ll be likely to see her sky-diving out of a green energy driven plane.

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Hannah Ling

Hannah Ling

Hannah Ling is a freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering. This summer, she will be in Berkeley working at ReMaterials. She will make and test sustainable roofing tiles for urban slum areas as well as work on efficient production/installation and alternative uses of the roofing material. She loves building and working with her hands, and wants to explore different ​real-life engineering applications. During the school year, she works in a electric vehicle research lab, helps put on robotic competitions for high school students, hangs out with her fellowship, and plays IM volleyball.

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Jason Liu

Jason Liu

My name is Jason Liu and I’m a second year physics major at Cal. My primary research interests are plasma physics and materials science. Within these fields, I’m particularly interested in controlled nuclear fusion for power production and thin film and surface science for various energy efficiency applications. Energy is a critical scientific, technological, political, and social issue that is vital to the health of our societies, and through my research I hope to contribute solutions towards securing the nation’s and the world’s energy future. In my spare time, I love going on various hikes and I also paddle for the Cal Dragon Boat team.

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Matthew Liu

Matthew Liu

Matthew is a first-year Chemical Engineering major from Chicago. His main interests are in physical chemistry and alternative energy. He will be interning at Lawrence Lab this summer, developing computational methods for describing the atmospheric chemistry of aerosol particles. Matthew is currently working on a project comparing the efficiencies of different dye-based dye-sensitized solar cells. Matthew is eager for the summer ahead, when he will get to both intern and spend his personal time cooking and exploring the bay area.

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Vishnu Murthy

Vishnu Murthy

Hi! I’m Vishnu Murthy and I’m a sophomore studying Energy Engineering. This summer I’m excited to be working nearby in Alameda as a Power Quality Engineering Intern for Power Standards labs. I grew up 3000 miles away in New Jersey, but decided to make the trek out to California for the awesome education and experiences. Currently I work for PowerSave Campus as our communications lead; through my job I run our Decal – Sustainable Energy for a Greener Tomorrow, and edit our monthly newsletter.

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Rosanna Neuhausler

Rosanna is a junior pursuing a simultaneous degree in Conservation & Resource Studies and Urban Studies. This summer she will be in Hong Kong doing research under Professor Edward Ng at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, using energy flux simulations to assist in design that combats the urban heat island effect. She is currently wrapping up her work on two projects that she has been a part of for the past year- a fluvial geomorphology study of the Everglades, led by Laurel Larsen, and flood inundation simulations of the Bay Area, Sacramento Delta, and California Coast, led by John Radke. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, watching satirical television shows, and exploring cities and aquatic systems with friends.

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Tyler Newman

Tyler Newman

Tyler is a second year Energy Engineering major with a passion for all things related to alternative energy. He will be spending eight weeks in Taipei, Taiwan this summer conducting research with Academia Sinica on new materials for hydrogen fuel cells. Having spent his early childhood living off the grid on alternative energy, Tyler embodies the energy revolution he seeks to be a part of. He is currently a member of the Berkeley solar car team and the social chairman of his fraternity. Tyler’s hobbies include guitar, singing/songwriting, intramural sports, and hiking.

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Washington Reeder

Washington Reeder

My name is Washington Reeder, a second year chemical engineering student. I currently conduct research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where my focus lies in post-synthetic modification of metal organic frameworks for the purpose of carbon dioxide sequestration. My energy interests are battery technology and optimization of chemical processes. I really enjoy UC Berkeley and the student groups I am affiliated with including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and Delta Upsilon Fraternity.

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Sam Rounds

Sam Rounds

I am a fourth year Civil and Environmental Engineering student, currently exchange at UC Berkeley, host university is Waseda University in Tokyo. I focus on environmental protection, and find energy structure interesting as it has a huge impact to the society. My career goal in the future is to be an environmentalist, and impose a positive fluency on environmental issues to society. Beyond study, I love traveling and art practice.

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Bidisha Roy

Bidisha Roy

Bidisha is a second year chemical engineering student. This summer, she will be working in Bluefields, Nicaragua with the nonprofit company, blueEnergy, to research and analyze low-cost water filtration technology. Currently, she is studying novel desalination techniques at Lawrence Berkeley Lab. In the future, she hopes to use her chemical engineering degree to research and implement technology that harnesses renewable energy and promotes sustainability. In her free time, she loves to dance, explore new places and try new foods.

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Julia Sawaya

Julia Sawaya

Julia is a first-year Chemical Engineering major with an interest in renewable energy sources. During her first semester at Cal, she became an active member of the UC Berkeley chapters of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) where she gained some experience with microalgae. Julia is excited to spend her summer at the Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur where she will help design an algae photobioreactor system. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, playing volleyball, and rereading the Harry Potter books.

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Lucy Shim

Lucy Shim

Hi, my name is Lucy Shim, and I am a sophomore Environmental Sciences and Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP) double major. This summer, I will be working at blueEnergy in Nicaragua. I will be researching appropriate climate change adaptation solutions and help localize those solutions to communities in Nicaragua. I am very passionate about wildlife ecology and international environmental politics as well. With this internship, I hope to learn more about the environmental challenges confronted by developing countries that are very vulnerable to climate change. I also hope to immerse myself in an entirely different culture and practice my Spanish!

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Fillarry Susanto

Fillarry Susanto

Fillarry is a third year studying chemical engineering with a concentration in environment technology. Born and raised in Indonesia, he moved to US to pursue higher education. This summer, Fillarry will be working on TiO2 based high energy Li-ion battery at National University of Singapore. His passion lies in clean energy technology and pollution reduction. Currently, Fillarry is an undergraduate researcher at Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis investigating potential catalysts for oxygen evolution in acidic media, and also an organic chemistry tutor at Student Learning Services. In his free time, Fillarry likes to watch movies, read novels and sing.

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Noreen Wauford

Noreen Wauford

Noreen is a second year bioengineering student with a minor in Spanish. She is interested in the uses of synthetic biology to efficiently tackle problems in sustainability and medicine. At Berkeley, Noreen has been an officer for Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, researched bacterial biofuels production at Joint BioEnergy Institute, and served as a peer tutor for organic chemistry. She loves languages and travel and has spent the past five months studying abroad in Madrid. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, playing soccer, and playing the viola.

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Feiyang Xu

Feiyang Xu

I am a fourth year Civil and Environmental Engineering student, currently exchange at UC Berkeley, host university is Waseda University in Tokyo. I focus on environmental protection, and find energy structure interesting as it has a huge impact to the society. My career goal in the future is to be an environmentalist, and impose a positive fluency on environmental issues to society. Beyond study, I love traveling and art practice.

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Lisa Yang

Lisa Yang

Lisa is a third-year undergraduate student studying Chemical Engineering at UC Berkeley. On campus, she is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and will serve as the Activities Coordinator in the coming school year. She also volunteers with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) teaching kids about science and engineering through interactive workshops. Outside of school, she enjoys dancing, making costumes for her dog, and working as a bartender. Her future goal is to work in sustainable energy production. She is very excited to spend the summer in Alameda, California assisting Imprint Energy with the materials engineering and manufacture of their unique printed battery technology.

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Natalie Zhang

Natalie Zhang

Natalie is a double major in Environmental Sciences and Environmental Economics and Policy. This summer she will travel to Fraunhofer MOEZ in Leipzig, Germany to analyze challenges to meeting national development targets in the context of climate protection. Currently she works as Project Coordinator for PowerSave Cal and as Chair of Advertising and Social Media for the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative. She is also conducting research under Dr. Iryna Dronova in modeling wetland canopy properties for assessments of ecosystem function. In her free time, Natalie enjoys sketching, running, and learning about different cultures.

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Ziyi Zhang

Ziyi Zhang

I finished my high school at Beijing Chaoyang Foreign Language School, in China, and went to East Los Angeles College for college level study. In August 2013, I transferred to UC Berkeley to continue my study in Material Science and Engineering. Now I am in my senior year of undergraduate and doing research on Photovoltaic and Structure Materials and Experiment-Theory Collaborative Materials Design advised by Professor Mark Asta.

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Katie Zheng

Katie Zheng

Katie is a third year Civil and Environmental Engineering major who will be interning with blueEnergy in Nicaragua this summer to work on green building materials and construction practices for water infrastructure and sanitation. She has worked under Professor Steven Glaser to install multiple wireless sensor networks in the American River Basin to measure snowpack in the Sierras. She is interested in water resources, hydrology and climate change. Originally from Los Angeles, Katie fell in love with Berkeley and the Bay Area. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, swimming, hiking, trying new foods, and adventuring the great outdoors!

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