Executive Leadership Team

 

 

Caroline Liu
Co-President

Caroline Liu is a 2018 B.Sc. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. She is interested in how business strategies can enable the adoption of emerging energy technologies. During the academic year, she conducts research on smart polymer coatings for offshore structures. This summer, she will be an equity research analyst at Goldman Sachs. Previously, she organized the first Energy Career Fair, oversaw content at the 2017 Energy Conference, and served as President of the undergraduate energy community.

 

Jeff Chao
Co-President

Jeffrey Chao is a 2018 MBA Candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is spending the summer working at McKinsey & Company in the Houston office. Prior to MIT, he worked at Chevron in both engineering and strategic planning roles. He is interested in how technology, policy, and the private sector come together to advance the energy industry. Jeff holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

 
 

Andrea Blankenship
VP of  Branding

Andrea Blankenship is a senior in the Department of Chemical Engineering. She has experience researching in various Biological Engineering Labs at MIT and working in the Oil & Gas Industry. She is also actively involved in the Undergraduate Energy Club and is excited to continue to explore the many careers and opportunities in Energy.

Arturo Chavez-Gehrig
VP of External Relations

Arturo is a senior studying computer science and economics. He is passionate about data driven decision-making in the energy industry and beyond. He has data science experience at Sony PlayStation and the Broad Institute. He is determined to grow and unite the MIT community around energy issues.

 
 

Ian Miller
VP of Operations

After college Ian founded an afterschool science program called Young Scientists. Teaching sparked an interest in energy and chemical engineering, which led him to MIT. He researches the life cycles of renewable energy technologies, and the impact of different energy storage options on those life cycles. He hopes to innovate in energy in ways that make electricity cheaper and more accessible. Ian thinks chocolate beats vanilla and his favorite Bob Dylan song is Just Like Tom Thumb Blues.

Min Hao Wong
VP of Education

 Min Hao Wong is currently pursuing triple degrees from MIT (MSc MIT ChemE‘14, PhD MIT ChemE (Defended ’16) MBA (Sloan’18). While at MIT, he developed unique nanosensor applications (published in Nat. Mater. 16)  His work has been featured in global media outlets such as FOX, Forbes, TIME, BBC, and CBS. BostInno named his work as one of the top 7 inventions to come out of MIT in 2016.  At Sloan, Min Hao is currently actively running Plantea, a start-up focused on agricultural nanosensors. He is the co-president of the SouthEast Asia Club, and a guest lecturer for 10.585 Engineering Nanotechnology.

 

 

 
 

Omar Labban
VP of Budget

Omar is a PhD student interested in the intersection of thermal sciences with membrane technology and desalination. During his time at MIT, Omar served as the Energy & Environment co-chair at the MIT Energy Club, where he now serves as the vice-president of budget. Omar holds an SM in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a BS in Mechanical Engineering (summa cum laude) from the American University in Dubai, where he was also awarded the School of Engineering Undergraduate Program Award.

 

Yvana Ahdab
Marketing Director

Yvana is a PhD candidate in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering, specializing in water desalination. She holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. She is interested in the water-energy nexus, alternative energy, environmental policy, STEM education, and technology transfer to the developing world.

 

 

 
 

David Kim
Sponsorship Director
David Kim is an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to attending Sloan, he worked as a consultant at Accenture as part of the Smart Grid Services Group and supported a state-wide smart meter implementation program in North America. Previously, he worked for the Cadmus Group, where he advised public- and private-sector clients in their planning and assessment of energy efficiency programs. David is interested in the intersection of energy and high technology. David holds his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

 

Nick Devonshire
Sponsorship Director

Nick Devonshire is a 2019 MBA candidate at MIT Sloan. Prior to MIT, he structured clean energy investments as a private equity associate at New Energy Capital. Before that, he co-founded a PE-backed energy efficiency financing company, and grew it through its Series A. He got his start in energy at ICF International and Bloom Energy. He’s passionate about growing innovative energy companies and strengthening their ties with capital markets. He graduated from Dartmouth College, where he converted a Greyhound bus to run on waste vegetable oil and solar power, and toured the country presenting on energy and sustainability issues.

 
 

Anoushka Bose
Sponsorship Director

Anoushka is a current undergraduate at MIT and one of this year's sponsorship directors for the Energy Club. She is majoring in Nuclear Science and Engineering with a minor in Public Policy. On campus, she serves as the Vice President of Corporate Relations for the MIT Women in Energy Club and serves nationally on a council for women in STEM sponsored by Disney and the National Academies of Science.

 

 

 

 
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Anthony Fratto

Social Director

Anthony is a first year Technology and Policy Masters Candidate. He was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where he received his bachelor's in Chemical Engineering and Political Science at the University of Utah. Anthony’s passion lies in renewable energy policy and the future of energy storage. Anthony hopes to pursue a comprehensive approach to energy that integrates technology, policy, law, and economics.  He has spent his collegiate years working in research labs, industry (Energy West Controls, WN Patent Law Firm, Sustineo Consulting), and the public sector (Bureau of Land Management and Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development).

Xingang Zhao
Finance Director

Xingang is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT. His research focus is on nuclear reactor thermal-hydraulic analysis, computational modeling and simulation. He is passionate about low carbon energy systems as well as their technological, economic, and social impacts on countries all over the world. Prior to attending MIT, Xingang lived in France for six years and received his combined Bachelor-Master’s degrees in both Energy & Environmental Engineering and Nuclear Engineering.

 
 

Ryan Sander
Website Director
Ryan Sander is a 2020 undergraduate studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His interests lie in topics and projects that take and combine concepts from both EECS and energy, with a focus particularly in cross-disciplinary topics such as the electric grid, radio antennas and transeivers, motors, generators, photovoltaics, energy storage, and power electronics.  He spent last summer interning as an electrical engineer at Raytheon, has volunteered at the MIT Energy Hackathon, MIT Energy Conference, was a participant in last year’s MIT Water Innovation Prize, and serves on the executive board of the Undergrad Energy Club as public relations co-director.