Jonah Bea-Taylor is a second-year PhD student in the School of History, Technology and Society. He is currently focusing on how technology has been seen as means to achieve sustainable development, in a variety of contexts. He is fascinated by questions of limits to growth. Before beginning research at Georgia Tech, Jonah worked for energy think-tank Rocky Mountain Institute in Snowmass, Colorado on their communications team. This experience was invaluable in thinking about how business can be encouraged to lead technological change, and during this time he blogged frequently about energy policy issues. Jonah previously completed his masters in Organizational Psychology at the London School of Economics, and his undergraduate in Anthropology at Emory.
Tom Bougher received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 2004. Immediately following, he joined the Internal Combustion Engines Lab at the University of Texas at Austin and earned a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2006. Upon graduation Tom joined Southwest Research Institute where he spent the past five years working in Automotive Engine and Emissions R&D. He began pursuing his Ph.D. at Georgia Tech in the fall of 2011 as a member of the NanoEngineered Systems and Transport Lab in Mechanical Engineering with Dr. Baratunde Cola. His current research focuses on thermal transport through a variety of nanostructured materials and characterization via ultrafast lasers. In his spare time Tom enjoys playing lacrosse, mountain biking, and photography.
Matt Cox is a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow and PhD Candidate in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a founding member of the Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory at Georgia Tech and received his MS in energy and environmental public policy in 2009, with a minor in economic development. His research emphasizes sustainable development at all levels of governance, with publications, conference presentations, and lectures given on local and national energy and climate policies.
Caroline Burkhard Golin is an IGERT Fellow and PhD student in the School of Public Policy with a focus on Energy and Environmental Policy. Her research focuses on infrastructure challenges and financing options for renewable energy development and deployment. Caroline received her Masters from Georgia Tech in International Relations. There she focused on emerging security threats associated with climate change and environmental degradation and international cooperation for renewable energy trade. Her master’s research was used by the Georgia Department of Agriculture to facilitate trade of biomass between Georgia and Europe. Caroline is the mother of Elijah Golin and the wife of Misha Golin. She lives in Midtown and can often be found running her Siberian Husky, London.
Anne Mallow grew up in Upper Tract, West Virginia and received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University (WVU) in 2010. While at WVU Anne became interested in combining Industrial and Mechanical Engineering to reduce dependence on fossil energy through research and development of efficient energy technologies. After working for two years at WVU’s Industrial Assessment Center and participating in a German renewable energy exchange study tour during Summer 2009, she participated in two internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory during Summer 2010 and Spring/Summer 2011. Between these two appointments, she spent Fall 2010 in Salzburg, Austria traveling and studying German language and culture. During her first appointment at ORNL, she analyzed thermal properties of cool roof coatings and, after returning early in 2011, studied magnetic refrigeration primarily through modeling of this novel refrigeration system. She joined the graduate Mechanical Engineering department at Georgia Tech in August 2011 and is currently working to improve thermal conductivity of biomass phase change material for thermal energy storage.
Rachel Muhlbauer is a Ph.D. student in the school of Materials Science and Engineering studying under the advisement of Dr. Rosario Gerhardt. She received a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Tech in the spring of 2010, graduating with high honors. In addition, she earned a certificate in Nanomaterials during her undergraduate tenure. Her current research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of carbon nanomaterials for use in transparent electrodes in electronic and energy device applications.
Naoki Nitta is a first year PhD student in the Materials Science and Engineering department. He graduated from Rice University with a BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His interest is in the development of sustainable energy technologies, particularly energy storage, from idea to product. He is currently working in the Yushin Group on Lithium-Ion batteries.
Ken Pradel was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and comes from a multicultural background with a mixture of Mexican, Swiss, Spanish, Peruvian and Japanese. He got his BS and MS in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, and is currently getting his PhD, also in Materials Science, here at Georgia Tech. He works for Prof. ZL Wang, studying zinc oxide nanowires as piezoelectric materials for nanogenerators. In the future, he hopes to pursue a career in academia, and do research and teach at a university, preferably in his home state of California.
Sivaram Saujan received my B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin with a focus on microelectronics processing. I am currently a third year PhD candidate in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering working in Dr. Michael Filler’s research group. My research is on the synthesis and characterization of highly confined group IV nanowires, and their heterostructures, for use in third generation solar energy conversion devices. Previously, I studied the optical properties of single walled carbon nanotubes using Raman spectroscopy at Los Alamos National Laboratory. From a non-technical perspective, I am interested in learning about the infrastructure changes needed to fully take advantage of highly efficient photovoltaics.
Alexander Smith studies energy policy as a PhD student in the School of Public Policy. Alex earned a BS in Chemistry in December 2009 and an MS in Public Policy in May 2012. Originally motivated to study chemistry by the possibility of working on new energy technologies, Alex became aware of the large role of public policy in the energy industry toward the end of his undergraduate studies and chose to explore policy in his graduate work. Working for Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as a Grid Innovation Leaders Fellow, Alex developed broad knowledge of US electricity market structures that contributed to his master’s research. His master’s research, in turn, contributed to a forthcoming publication by ORNL that supports transmission planning efforts in the eastern US. Alex currently researches subsidies for energy-efficient appliances, demand response program modeling, and public contracting for utility services. He is looking forward to learning about what’s on the cutting edge of energy technology innovation.
Adam Vitale is a Materials Science and Engineering PhD student at Georgia Tech. He graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Physics and Computer Science. He is currently studying electrochemically fabricated metallic surface architectures. This research in particular focuses on the interaction of noble metals such as Pt, Ir, and Ag with a variety of substrates of metals and their oxides. Adam is a sports fan of any Chicago team. Adam’s primary hobbies, when not studying or working, are watching the Cubs, Bulls, Blackhawks, or Bears; reading; and playing video games.