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August 31, 2020 | Austin Stack

Austin Stack giving a thumbs up in front of a laptop

This summer I worked on the Collective Environmental Literacy project – an effort to both measure and implement environmental literacy in the collective sense.  Climate change – and most other environmental problems we will need to face – is a wicked problem with a... more

September 24, 2019 | Carlos Ciudad-Real

The energy landscape is changing rapidly and one of the reasons for this change is the economics of emerging, low-carbon technologies. Low-carbon technologies are often energy efficient and are associated with cost savings because of this. Unfortunately, they also often have high upfront costs which changes how people view them. All of this is true of one low-carbon technology in particular – the electric bus.

The cost structure of an... more

September 11, 2019 | Ryan Gonzalez

This summer, I worked in the Precourt Institute for Energy on their Low-Cost Greenhouse for Emerging Economies project. As a summer Research Engineer, I worked on a variety of sub-projects to help make the Structure more viable. I performed some structural engineering and analysis on the overall building itself, investigated the potential viability of using acoustics to determine produce quality, and even helped build test rigs for some... more

September 10, 2019 | Beri Kohen Behar

This summer I worked in Powernet, a project focusing on network optimization of distributed energy resources. Since the beginning of winter quarter, I had been working on a sub-project of Powernet which focuses on livestock barns in dairy farms. The goal of this sub-project is to optimize the livestock barn operations by minimizing the energy cost, demand charge, and battery degradation while also keeping the heat stress on livestock under a... more

September 4, 2019 | Michael Kao

This past summer I’ve had the opportunity to continue working in Professor Zhenan Bao’s group from spring quarter, working alongside graduate mentor David Mackanic on developing soft electronics for energy storage applications requiring stretchability and flexibility. Specifically, my project consisted of using stretchable polymers for Li-ion battery electrolyte materials and electrode binders – effective inclusion of such an elastomeric... more

September 3, 2019 | Takao Yatagai

Upon starting my research project, I would have never guessed how and where my research project would end up taking me. Starting with searching the web for many related publications on my topic, I got a plethora of information on my topic, however, all over the place in my head. This is where my mentor and I worked together to refine the topics, and personally, spending more time with these publications, reading over it multiple times and... more

August 27, 2019 | Rosadriana Zelaya

It’s hard to believe that the summer is almost over because it has gone flying incredibly fast. It seems like it was only yesterday when I finally got the nano-particle images I was hoping for so badly. My project is about using nano-structures materials as a catalyst that can use the energy carried in photons to generate hydrogen gas. This gas is an extremely valuable chemical not only because it has a widespread of industrial applications... more

August 22, 2019 | Katherine R. Peña Brown

Research Mentors: Nicole Ardoin, Diane Matar, and Emily Williams
Prospective Major: Management Science and Engineering

This summer I am working in Nicole Ardoin’s Social Ecology Lab on the Summen Redwoods Project: a project that aims to understand the relationship, if any, between place-attachment and pro-environmental behavior. For the first two to three weeks of the summer I helped out with fieldwork in Muir Woods National... more

August 22, 2019 | Kevin Hernandez

I am a rising sophomore pursuing a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. This summer I am working under Christopher Takacs and Michael Toney at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), a national lab with state of the art research instruments such as a synchrotron and the two mile linear accelerator that connects to Stanford campus. For my research I am using a software defined radio to probe material conductivity to provide insights... more

August 22, 2019 | Michael Byun

This summer I’ve been working with Dr. June Flora in the Stanford Solutions Science Lab looking at household energy use from a social science perspective. Most of my work has centered on changing energy usage behaviors by educating the youth in a household. To this end, we’ve been running a series of workshops in Fremont to teach middle-school-age kids about energy use. These workshops, titled Design Your Energy Lifestyle: Data Thinking -... more