Ten Graduate Students Join PECS

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From top left: Rachel Baker, Victor Charpentier, Ryan Edwards, Levi Golston, Julio Herrera-Estrada, Greg Davies, Wenkai Liang, Lee Mordechai, and Yuzhen Yan


Ten graduate students have been selected to join the Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars Program (PECS) for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Representing five (5) departments across campus, the ten (10) newly selected students will contribute a wide range of climate- and energy-related expertise to the existing group of PECS scholars. Collectively, their interests consist of:  climate and drought, sea-level rise and coastal flooding, fracking and carbon capture and sequestration, methane emissions, fossil fuel combustion technology, battery technology, sustainable building, and historic climate change.

The new graduate students include: Rachel Baker and Maya Buchanan, Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs; Victor Charpentier, Ryan Edwards, Levi Golston and Julio Herrera-Estrada, civil and environmental engineering; Greg Davies  and Wenkai Liang, mechanical and aerospace engineering; Lee Mordechai, history; and Yuzhen Yan, geosciences.

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, 70 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.

The selection process is undertaken jointly by the Faculty Board and members of the student committee.