Folasade Ayoola is a PhD student in Energy Resources Engineering (ERE) at the Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences. Folasade’s research is focused on the deep decarbonization of large-scale energy systems, exploring low-carbon transition pathway alternatives for oil-dependent countries, specifically emerging economies. Folasade is also co-Founder of ElectricFish Energy Inc., an energy storage company providing grid resilience and EV ultrafast charging. Active within the Stanford community, Folasade is co-President of the Black Engineering Graduate Student Association (BEGSA), Wellness Liaison for ERE and a member of the e-board of Women in Earth Sciences (WES). She holds her MS in Energy Resources Engineering from Stanford, and BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Lagos. Folasade is excited to join the 2021 Shultz Fellowship cohort and work at the Hawai’i Public Utilities Commission.
Tony Cruz is a third year undergraduate pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering. His interests are in environmental conservation, renewable energy, and social/economic justice. California's recent wildfires have motivated him to work to improve air quality and greenhouse emissions so that his home state is habitable for future generations. He is excited to work with the California Air Resources Board to help the state pursue it's ambitious zero emissions goals. Tony is a proud member of Toyon Hall's residential staff and you can find him shooting (socially distanced) hoops with his residents and helping them navigate their frosh experience.
Devin Hagan is a senior in Earth Systems on the Biosphere track, who is currently pursuing a coterminal master's of science in Earth Systems. During his coterm, he will be focusing on renewable energy, and he hopes to continue working in the field of renewable energy after Stanford. Since being at Stanford, he has done ecology research related to marine species responses to ocean warming and is currently part of a research group that is investigating the potential and feasability of solar development on Bay Area rangelands. Through this research, he has been working with geospatial data in QGIS to identify solar arrays located on rangelands, and he has also explored the policies affecting solar development in the Bay Area. He is extremely excited to now join the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) where he will be working with the Regulatory Affairs and Grid Assets teams to asses the organization's use of GIS data and make recommendations to improve the overall GIS capability and efficiency.
Kaitlin Highstreet is a first year MS student focusing on energy efficient buildings in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department’s Sustainable Design & Construction program. She received BAs in Business Economics and Global Studies at UCLA. After UCLA, she spent a year traveling. She then worked for several years in operations at software companies before pivoting her career to align with her interest in energy and environmental sustainability.
Kaitlin is excited to spend the summer with the Western Electricity Coordinating Council. She’s looking forward to applying software integrations process knowledge and experience to issues of reliability and energy forecasting.
Lauren Illa is a first-year undergraduate student majoring in Energy Resources Engineering with an emphasis on Renewable and Clean Energy. She first discovered her interest in improving materials used in renewable energy technologies through volunteering with environmental advocacy groups in her home state of Maryland. Her previous work focused on local legislation concerning the integration of wind energy into electrical grids and their impact on grid reliability, as well as monitoring local water quality. Lauren is also interested in the environmental effects of resource extraction and how tax incentives influence the use of renewable energy. She is excited to spend this summer learning about and working on energy policy and infrastructure, building decarbonization, and lithium extraction and use at the California Energy Commission, Office of Chair David Hochschild. She is eager to better understand energy issues in California and how the CEC collaborates with energy stakeholders and other state agencies to develop policies.
Shoja Jahangard is a first year Masters student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Sustainable Design and Construction Program with a focus in Energy Systems at Stanford. He received his BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Minor in Energy Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. In his graduate studies he is focusing on sustainable, carbon neutral buildings and systems, integrative design, and energy efficiency. In his free time, he loves to hike, play ultimate frisbee, and go bouldering. Shoja is excited for the opportunity to work at the City of Palo Alto Utilities this summer as the Karl Knapp Energy Fellow in City Goverment and help with decarbonizing its energy footprint.
Emily Klingaman is a junior at Stanford University studying Environmental Systems Engineering with a focus on freshwater. She is particularly interested in the technical side of water resources such as water treatment, hydroelectric power, and engineering sustainable solutions. Her passions for water resources extend to the environmental justice sector, where she is particularly passionate about access to fresh drinking water and access to energy for all. She is excited about the summer fellowship at the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), where she will work to help integrate renewable energy into the State Water Project's power portfolio.
In her free time, Emily enjoys working with other student-athletes in the Sustainability Student Athlete Advisory Committee, where they work to create a more sustainable athletic department on Stanford's campus. She enjoys playing softball for the University, spending time in the outdoors, and using her platform to spread awareness of environmental justice issues.
Awoenam Mauna-Woanya (Awoe he/him/his) is a first year Master's student in the Sustainable Design and Construction program, focusing on Sustainable Urban Systems, in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Understanding that social and racial justice is intricately linked with environmental justice, I hopes to advance equity in the built environment by transforming our approach to urban planning and development. Born in Ghana and raised near Baltimore, MD, Awoe received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. During this time, Awoe worked with non-profits like "The Black Church Food Security Network", in the public sector with the MD Dept. of Transportation, and in the private sector with RK&K, an engineering design firm in Baltimore. On Stanford's campus, Awoe is the President of SDC's Leaders of the Built Environment Club. This summer, Awoe will be working with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research. He is incredibly excited to work with and learn from the all-star team at OPR to improve sustainable and equitable planning practices in California.
Bella Meyn is a sophomore at Stanford studying Public Policy with a concentration in Resources, Environment, and Energy Policy & pursuing a secondary major in Economics. She grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is particularly interested in emerging clean energy technology and its growing promise of net-zero emissions as a collaborative effort between private businesses and governments. Bella has spent most of her time in the United States living in the West, and she is passionate about maintaining those states' legacies as pioneers in climate policy. For the past year, Bella has worked at the Political Psychology Research Group studying public opinion of global warming in the United States and Sweden, specifically investigating the drivers behind position-formation processes.
Bella hopes to use her background, knowledge, and excitement to help advance energy policy in the West through her fellowship this summer at the Western Interstate Energy Board!
Xinkun Nie is a 5th year PhD student in Computer Science. Her research focuses on developing novel causal inference methods and applying statistical decision-making tools to addressing challenges that arise in climate change, equity, and the clean energy transition. Prior to Stanford, Xinkun received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. Xinkun is excited to spend the summer at the California Energy Commission, Office of Commissioner Andrew McAllister Office, and she will be working on leveraging data to inform policies around load management, demand response and grid resilience.
Tapas Peshin is a second year PhD student in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering. His current research is focused on looking at the climate change, air pollution and distributional consequences of vehicle electrification in India. His research uses an interdisciplinary approach combining engineering, economics and policy. Previously, he worked as a Senior Operations Research Analyst for an energy supply, trading and marketing software company Power Costs Inc. which provided him the opportunity to work with the leading electric and utility companies and gain an in-depth understanding of the US RTO and ISO Markets. Tapas has a Master's and undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and Panjab University, respectively. Tapas is looking forward to his fellowship with California Air Resources Board (CARB) this summer working on Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) refueling for priority populations, such as disadvantaged and low-income communities that are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and air pollution. He is excited to learn how state agencies operate and to interact with the stakeholders involved in making policy decisions.
Paul Rudnicki is a PhD candidate in the Chemical Engineering department. His research focuses on the modeling of high energy density next-generation batteries for economical renewable energy storage, long-ranged electric vehicles, and long-lived personal devices. He is interested in studying how deployment of large-scale battery storage can aid the transition to a sustainable grid. While he comes from a technical background, he also has a strong interest in energy policy. In his free time, he enjoys biking, running, reading, and backpacking. He previously received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He is excited to be interning at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) this summer, implementing advanced analytical tools into models of grid reliability.
Andea Scott is a coterminal M.S. student pursuing a degree in Energy Resources Engineering. For her undergraduate degree, she completed a double major in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence Track) and Energy Resources Engineering (Renewable and Clean Energy Track). Growing up in rural Oregon, she developed an early passion for sustainability, which subsequently led her to the energy field and an interest in finding pathways toward its decarbonization. As part of her graduate studies, she is researching short-term solar power forecasting as part of the Environmental Assessment and Optimization group. Her previous summer experiences include interning at EV.energy, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) as a Schneider fellow, and researching carbon and nutrient cycling with the Maher lab.
She is looking forward to interning with the Renewable Integration Group at the California ISO (CAISO) and learning more about the large-scale grid transformations that are moving California toward its renewable energy goals.
Madalsa Singh is a second year PhD student in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering. Her research lies at the intersection of electricity and transport systems and understanding the impacts of electrification on climate change, air quality, and distributional effects of technologies. She has a master's in Energy Science and Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and bachelor's in Materials Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-Bombay).
This summer, she will be working with the California Public Utilities Commission, Office of Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves evaluating the new net metering policy in California, one of the most hotly contested energy debates of the year.
Mo Sodwatana is a second year master’s student in the Energy Resources Engineering department. Prior to joining Stanford, she earned her undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at Georgia Tech. She has previously interned with the City of Palo Alto Utilities, assessing the electric vehicle charging infrastructure needs to meet city’s climate goals. Mo is passionate about renewable energy and clean technology and hopes to combine her quantitative background with policy and economics to tackle decarbonization. She is thrilled to be interning with the Power and Risk Office at the California Department of Water Resources this summer, where she will be working towards integrating battery storage and solar generation at pumping plants around California.
Melissa Zhang is an MBA-MS in Energy and Resources candidate at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business (GSB). Melissa is passionate about innovative solutions to climate change at the intersection of government, technology, and finance. At Stanford, Melissa serves on the leadership team of the GSB Climate Summit, as Co-President of the GSB Energy Club, and as Venture Investor for the GSB Impact Fund. Melissa is a Graduate Research Assistant on Climate Risk Disclosure for Stanford's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance and the Governor's Office of Planning and Research. Prior to Stanford, she worked as an investor at BlackRock responsible for the firm's quant hedge funds and Low Carbon Transition Readiness ESG Fund. Melissa earned her joint BS in Environmental Policy and Business from UC Berkeley. She can't wait to work for the Office of Commissioner Genevieve Shiroma at the California Public Utilities Commission this summer to learn about clean energy financing, microgrid resilience, and state policymaking.