2018 Conference Team
Ryan is a 4th year PhD candidate in the Chemical Engineering Practice degree program at MIT, which combines a PhD in Chemical Engineering with an MBA degree. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering and Mathematics from Virginia Tech, as well as an MS in Chemical Engineering Practice from MIT. His research is in electrochemical processes for carbon dioxide capture, targeting coal-fired power plants and transportation. He previously worked as a Process Engineer for three years at Eastman Chemical Company. His energy interests include storage and renewables.
Alan is a 3rd year PhD candidate in the Chemical Engineering Practice degree program at MIT, which combines a PhD in Chemical Engineering with an MBA degree. His research focuses on the kinetics and limit behavior of flames, with a focus on natural gas. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Business Management from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Aditya is a Sloan Fellows MBA candidate at MIT in the Innovation and Global Leadership program. He is the founder and director of Agni Solar Pvt. Ltd., a photovoltaic and solar thermal energy solutions company based in India. He has a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. His energy interests include low-cost clean energy solutions for the developing world and using blockchain technology for energy contracts in smart grids.
Tatiana is a first-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan. She has over 10 years of work experience in the Brazilian O&G Upstream, spending the last four years in an integrated energy company that is a pioneer in the reservoir-to-wire model in Brazil. She is a former Brazilian E&P Scout Meeting Group Chairwoman.
Taylor is a 3rd year undergraduate student in the Mechanical Engineering program at MIT. Her interest in energy was piqued through participating in an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program in collaboration with the MIT Energy Initiative where she was on a team that built a lab-scale microgrid for use in a class taught on low-carbon energy systems. She was also part of a team that redesigned a pump shaft for Khethworks, an MIT startup that manufactures solar pumps for use in rural India, through the course D-Lab: Energy. Her energy interests include renewables, particularly solar.
Jason is a first-year graduate student pursuing an MS in Chemical Engineering Practice at MIT. He has his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada. His senior project explored processes for converting carbon dioxide into the marketable and versatile compound acetic acid, with industry advisers from NASA. Following his graduate studies at MIT, he will attend the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar in the M.Phil in Energy Technologies program. His energy interests include the host of abatement technologies capable of capturing, storing, recycling, or utilizing carbon dioxide.
Taylor is an Outreach Coordinator and Administrative Assistant at MIT's Nuclear Reactor Laboratory. She has a BA in Communication and Media Studies from Fisher College in Boston and has taken several undergraduate classes at MIT. Her energy interests include the role research plays in the future of energy, as well as how science communication can help facilitate the adoption of new technologies.
Michelle Chang is a first-year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), where she is studying energy policy. She previously worked as a financial analyst at an oil and gas-focused investment bank in Houston. She received her BA from Harvard University in 2015, where she graduated cum laude in Social Studies with a secondary in Energy and the Environment.
Hans Nowak II
Hans is a first-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan and an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at MIT. He holds degrees in Applied Mathematics and Quantitative Economics from the United States Naval Academy. Prior to MIT, he served as a Nuclear Submarine Officer in the U.S. Navy. His energy interests include energy storage innovation and the advancement of solar thermophotovoltaic systems. You can join Hans in reaching global climate change goals at https://climatecolab.org/.
Srimayi is a 2nd year undergraduate student in the Mechanical Engineering program at MIT. Her concentrate is in Energy and her minor is in International Development. She is currently working on research at the Varanasi Lab making spray droplets (such as pesticides or fertilizers) adhere to hydrophobic surfaces (such as leaves) to minimize wastage and pollution. She previously conducted research at the Pierce Laboratory producing a bio-crude oil from algae with 90% of the efficiency of fossil fuel based oil. She is also an advocate for STEM outreach and is actively involved in secondary education initiatives. Her energy interests include the development of new energy technologies across various applications.
Jezze is a first-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan. She has a double degree in Management Engineering and Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Her energy interests include the technologies and policies surrounding renewables.