Ivy Wang ’23

Headshot of Ivy Wang 2020

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Project Title

Downscaling Energy-System Transitions

I worked on analyses to inform decisions regarding the siting and associated impacts of energy-system infrastructure. I used geospatial analysis techniques to evaluate environmental, technical and safety criteria associated with siting existing biomass power plants in the United States. I also reviewed public filings for nuclear facilities to determine the safety criteria to be used in modeling. In addition, I created visualizations of how energy-systems transitions would impact employment for fossil fuel energy sectors. I also researched air pollutant emissions associated with different vehicle types. I found this work interesting because people talk a lot about the benefits of switching to renewable energy, but scarcely with concrete facts and figures or a scheduled plan. Through this project, I was able to look at the effects of different transition pathways modeled over time. I gained more experience with geospatial modeling software, programming in R, and data visualization. My summer internship reinforced my decision to study civil and environmental engineering at Princeton.

Internship Year


Project Category

Innovation and a New Energy Future


Energy Systems Analysis Group, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University


Eric Larson, Senior Research Engineer, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment; Erin Mayfield, Postdoctoral Research Associate, High Meadows Environmental Institute