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July 25, 2022 | Michael Bendok

Since I joined the COOLER research team in April, I have encountered as many meaningful findings as provoking questions. With the goal of making large, modern buildings more energy-efficient and resilient, COOLER applies a variety of academic tools to derive insightful results. This summer, I have had the opportunity and privilege to learn from amazing mentors about demand response, data science techniques, econometrics, water chillers, and... more

July 21, 2022 | Feliciano Cortes

Hi, I’m Feliciano, and I’ve been spending my summer with the Dauskardt group, working on techniques to improve perovskite solar cells. The lab group works on a wide range of nanomaterials and technologies, which can vary from skin tissue samples to solar modules, such as the team I’ve been working with.

Going into the summer, I was initially worried about being able to figure my way out around working in a lab, and just even being... more

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August 19, 2021 | Kenny Hua

As I began working in Dr. Nicole Ardoin’s Social Ecology Lab, I was most excited to interview community members and learn how to work with qualitative data for the first time. Although I was expecting to encounter many new methods and ways of thinking, I was exposed to a completely different way of conducting research than I was used to.

Our lab’s environment is one of the most collaborative settings I have ever worked in. From... more

August 19, 2021 | Evan Baldonado and Jordan Deasy

Hello from Stanford campus and New York City! We (Evan Baldonado and Jordan Deasy) are currently working in the Stanford Political Psychology Research Group (PPRG), researching public opinion on global warming and climate change.

Before starting at the lab, we were looking forward to joining a well-established research operation that has years of involvement in the field, as well as countless journal publications and wonderful fellow... more

August 17, 2021 | Alex Evers

At the beginning of my research, I was excited to dive into the varying different sectors of the California economy and gain a better understanding of the carbon intensity in each sector. I was particularly interested in the residential and industrial sectors and how their respective carbon emissions compared to other sectors.

During the actual research, I did work in a variety of sectors: the commercial, residential, and industrial... more

August 2, 2021 | Haley Stafford

Since February, I have been working closely with Dr. June Flora, Dr. Chad Zanocco, and Dr. Hilary Boudet to develop a 6-week-long youth education program called “Designing Your Energy Lifestyle” (DYEL). In this program, ​​middle and high-school-aged participants analyze their household’s electricity usage using the Tableau data visualization software and use their insights to drive positive changes in their family’s energy-consumption habits... more

July 28, 2021 | Andrew Sleugh

Hey all, I’m Andrew Sleugh and I have been spending my summer in Wendy Gu’s lab trying to understand how exactly the presence of hydrogen gas within metals leads to degradation of the materials. Essentially, my work involves fracturing samples of iron, nickel, and steel at different hydrogen concentrations and looking for differences in how cracks propagate and overall decreases in mechanical properties.

This is my first time... more

July 28, 2021 | Cynthia Chen

I’m currently working on various technical aspects of building out an online energy program. My project is very data-driven; in particular, the focus is around PG&E datasets with information regarding a household’s energy usage and cost data in 15-minute intervals throughout the day.

Currently, there are two primary aspects of my research: data visualization and statistical analysis. As part of the program curation, students... more

July 28, 2021 | Jocelyn Chen

Climate change is often portrayed as a nightmare scenario that sometimes seems too big to confront. I’m always inspired by the people who overcome the overwhelming certainty of climate change and dedicate their days towards solving the problem itself. That is why I was so excited to work with Dr. Sally Benson, Dr. Sarah Saltzer and a wonderful host of students and community partners this summer on the Pathways to Carbon Neutrality project.... more

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July 28, 2021 | Alexander Nelson

As a previous participant in SUPER in 2020, I am ecstatic to have been selected to take part once more, and to be able to continue working on the Stanford Solutions Project under Professor Mark Jacobson for another Summer session. Last Summer, I had helped to design and create a geo-infographic website representing the Jacobson group’s "roadmaps to 100% renewable energy" for cities worldwide.

The infographic map that I had... more