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Stanford Energy Internships in California/Colorado 2018 Cohort

Amulya Yerrapotu is a second-year economics major from San Jose, California. She is interested in environmental justice and housing issues, and works to advocate for solutions to these problems as a member of Students for a Sustainable Stanford and the Stanford Coalition for Planning an Equitable 2035. Outside of environmental advocacy, Amulya works to bolster student interest in public service as a Cardinal Service Peer Advisor. Over the past summer, she worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council on various energy issues, and is excited to bring that knowledge with her to the California Energy Commission this summer. She hopes to continue to use economic thinking to expand access to clean and healthy living spaces for all people.

Barrett Travis is graduating in June 2018 with an M.S. in Environmental Fluid Mechanics & Hydrology, and is excited to be joining the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) in their Power and Risk Office. With a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate degree from Stanford (Class of 2016), he has strong interests in fluid mechanics, renewable energy, and mechanical systems. Several years of environmental courses and an interest in justice issues has compelled Barrett to pursue his current master’s degree and work to help both the environment and people through engineering and computational analysis. Recent experiences include working with the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge to address resilience issues related to sea level rise in the Bay Area and spending a year with the anti-human trafficking organization International Justice Mission in the Philippines.

Carlos Ciudad-Real is a rising Junior studying Environmental Systems Engineering in Stanford's Civil and Environmental Engineering department. He is originally from San Bernardino County and he is very proud of his Salvadoran and Latin American heritage. Carlos hopes to address issues within the built environment that arise in large, urban settings using scientific and engineering principles while also keeping in mind larger issues of social and environmental sustainability. He has challenged himself to have experiences outside of his engineering coursework and study how public policy, in conjunction with new technologies, can help create a more equitable future. One such experience was a Sophomore College course on the water and energy nexus and governance in the Pacific Northwest. Using this course as a stepping stone, Carlos will be interning at California ISO this summer to develop innovative energy policies for an ever-changing and crucial power grid.

Carly Eckstrom ‘19 is majoring in Political Science, and is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  In the past, she has interned in the United States Senate working on energy and environmental policy in the Office of Senators Al Franken and Tina Smith, as well as conducted research through the Stanford Political Science Department.  During her time at Stanford, Carly has pursued her interest in policy through her participation in the Stanford in Washington program. Additionally, she spends her time outside of class competing with the Stanford Women’s Club Ultimate Frisbee team.

This summer, Carly is excited to intern at the Western Interstate Energy Board, working on promoting coordinated resource adequacy in energy production in the West.  Carly hopes to use this opportunity to learn more about the details of the operation of the energy market, resource adequacy at the regional level, and policy solutions to improve transparency and promote efficiency.

Holden Foreman '21 is interning at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in Sacramento. He is from St. Louis, Missouri and plans to major in both electrical engineering and economics. In applying his coursework, Holden hopes to contribute to environmental and socioeconomic sustainability through reducing waste and increasing access to clean, renewable energy.  Aside from academics, Holden takes part in the activities of student organizations such as the Stanford Project on Hunger, Students for a Sustainable Stanford and Stanford Solar Car Project. His favorite activities include running, hiking and kayaking in the wilderness. When indoors, Holden enjoys computer programming, writing and reading nonfiction. He is grateful and excited to work for CARB in order to support his passion while learning more about air pollution, electric vehicles, regulations and other important elements of environmental policy and engineering.

Madhur Boloor is a recent Ph.D. graduate from Stanford University’s Materials Science and Engineering department. His work at Stanford has included experimental research on solar to hydrogen conversion and hydrogen fuel cells, and prior to his Ph.D., Madhur has worked on flow batteries for grid scale energy storage at Primus Power and thin-film photovoltaics at U.C. Berkeley. He hopes to leverage this technical understanding of energy to have an impact at the interface between energy technology, policy, and finance. Madhur is keen to reduce the barriers to bring innovative clean energy technologies to market by shaping policy and derisking investments through public-private partnerships and incubators. Madhur is thrilled to be joining the California Energy Commission to work on projects ranging from deploying off-shore wind to developing long-duration energy storage. 

Outside of his work, Madhur has served as the Co-President and VP of Business Development for the Stanford Energy Club, which has sought to educate students about the energy industry and connect them with a community of future energy leaders. In his spare time, you can find Madhur listening to energy podcasts, watching movies and exploring the latest restaurants.

Michelle Solomon is a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering. Her current research, in the group of Professor Jennifer Dionne, focuses on making pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals safer for people and the environment using light-based purification techniques. She has also been involved with building community at Stanford through being a graduate Community Associate and a co-president of the Stanford chapter of the Materials Research Society. In her free time, she loves skiing and hiking around in the mountains, and generally being outside. She is continually excited and impressed by the research that is going on in the renewable energy field, and it gives her a lot of hope for the future. As an intern in the office of Commissioner Janea Scott, she is looking forward to helping implement some of these advances, as well as learning more about how scientific research and policy intersect. 

Sheila Gao is currently a PhD student in the department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering and double degree in Economics at Tsinghua University in 2015. During her undergraduate studies, she worked at the State Key Lab of Combined Air Pollution Resources Control in Beijing, and her research focused on investigation and monitoring of PM2.5.  Based on her research results, she realized that reforming the energy structure towards a more clean future and promoting energy efficiency are the key solutions for solving many environmental problems including air pollution, which inspired her to study energy as her major at Stanford. She's also passionate about cutting-edge energy technologies including transactive energy and energy blockchain that could help decarbonizing the electricity grid and integrating intermittent renewable generations and distributed energy resources. Last summer she did an internship at Rocky Mountain Institute and Energy Web Foundation, where she studied business applications and values of blockchain technology in the energy sector. She's thrilled to have the opportunity to intern at CPUC in the Office of Commissioner Rechtschaffen through SEIC this summer. Through this internship, she looks forward to deepening her understanding of energy and environmental policy and gaining more insight into the regulation framework that supports California in achieving its RPS and energy efficiency goals.   

Growing up in the heart of the West, Sierra Gentry had the pleasure of being a short drive away from iconic red rocks, world class skiing, and a plethora of adventure. However, due to the geography and industry of her hometown, her childhood winters were often plagued with embarrassingly high levels of air pollution. The poor air quality encouraged her to better understand the cause and seek solutions -- most related one way or another to cleaner energy systems. After earning her Bachelors in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Utah, she applied to the Atmosphere and Energy program at Stanford University. Now completing her second year, she has spent the majority of her time at Stanford focusing on the systematic aspects of energy, along with learning how technology can better optimize and predict energy use. Sierra is excited to be working with CAISO this summer, and hopes this experience will complement her academic background. She looks forward to learning about not just the technological side of the grid, but how policy can complement this, ensuring clean, reliable, safe, and affordable energy for all.


Tanvi Gambhir is a senior in Civil and Environmental Engineering specializing in Environmental and Water Resources. She wants to apply her skills to encourage and enhance clean energy practices. This past summer she worked on a water policy research project with the Bill Lane Center looking at representation within the Integrated Regional Water Management System in California. She also worked on a solar installation project with the Shan Shui Organization in China. These projects as well as the classes she’s taken in energy and hydrology have piqued her interest in the water-energy nexus and in using data analysis to optimize energy use. She is excited to gain practical engineering experience by working with the California Department of Water Resources in their Power and Risk Office this summer. In the fall she will be interning with the US Green Building Council in Washington D.C. working on their building efficiency standards, after which she will return to Stanford to complete a Coterminal Master’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering specializing in the Atmosphere Energy track. Upon graduation she hopes to work in the sustainable energy sector. 

Xuesi Shen is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University. Her research interests mainly focus on integrated assessment modeling and energy and environmental policy analysis. Previously, she has worked on projects on resources management, air quality policy, and regional resilience. Before joining Stanford, she graduated from Tsinghua University with dual bachelor degrees in Engineering Physics and Economics. She also received M.Sc. in Resources, Environment and Sustainability from the University of British Columbia. 

Xuesi is thrilled to spend the summer at Western Interstate Energy Board, where she would contribute to the regional resource adequacy planning across the west. During the internship, Xuesi hopes to bridge the gap between her academic training and the real-world policy development.

Yanbo Shu is enthusiastic about equitable and sustainable development at both the local and global scale and is exploring solutions from the perspective of renewable energy in his Master's studies. He has a great passion for public service and hopes to serve with his strong background in science and a good understanding of management and governance. In pursuit of his career goal, he extended his studies to several internships in public service. He researched on the national decarbonization strategy at the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, a government-sponsored think tank. He developed a project to promote the circular economy in developing countries in his intern position at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, in Vienna. He also had the experience designing an app to visualize and publicize the SDG dataset when he worked with the United Nations Office at Geneva. For the coming summer at the California Air Resources Board, he is looking forward to drawing regulation insights in the transportation sector from the analysis of the monitoring data. Currently, Yanbo is a first-year Master's candidate in the Atmosphere/Energy program. Prior to joining Stanford, he received his Bachelor's degrees in Environmental Engineering and Law from Tsinghua University. In his free time, he loves reading about linguistics, learning about different cultures, running, and lifting weights.