Nine Students Have Been Selected To Join PECS

Joanna M. Foster ’08 for the Princeton Environmental Institute ・ High Meadows Environmental Institute

Nine graduate students have been selected to join the Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars Program (PECS) for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Representing seven diverse departments, the nine newly selected students will contribute a wide range of climate- and energy-related expertise to the existing group of PECS scholars. Their interests span an array of topics including environmental risk, urban climate change and inequality, dynamics of hydraulic fracturing, air pollution, sustainable building materials, atmospheric remediation and fuel source development, physics of combustion, art and environmental understanding, tropical forest regeneration, and carbon capture and sequestration.

The new graduate students include: Kalyani Monteiro Jayasankar, sociology; Ching-Yao Lai and Bruce Perry, mechanical and aerospace engineering; Charles (Xiaoyaun) Li, Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs; Tim Michiels and Kasparas Spokas, civil and environmental engineering; Aubrey Paris, chemistry; Kimia Shahi, art and archeology; and Tim Treuer, ecology and evolutionary biology.

Kalyani Monteiro Jayasankar Ching-Yao Lai Bruce Perry


Xiaoyuan "Charles" Li Tim L. Michaels Kasparas Spokas


Aubrey Paris Kamia R. ShahiTim Treuer


In May of 2008, the Climate and Energy Challenge initiated the PECS Program. PECS brings together a select group of highly talented and engaged Princeton Ph.D. students with research expertise ranging from energy security and technology to climate science and policy. To date, including the new fellows, 79 graduate students have participated in the PECS program.

Drawing from a broad range of disciplines, PECS students and members of the Faculty Board have a unique opportunity to thoughtfully approach the multifaceted energy challenges of the 21st century.

PECS Students 2016