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Material Science & Engineering
Before coming to Berkeley for his PhD studies, Santiago supplemented his engineering degree with working experience in finance and consulting, which has broadened his perspective on a variety of issues. He strongly believes in approaching energy and resource issues from a cross-disciplinary perspective and is interested in new developments in technology and business, both on a domestic and international level. Driven by an infinite desire for discovery and adventure, Santiago enjoys traveling in his free time to learn more about different cultures and to enjoy being amazed by landscapes and sights all across the world. Recently, Santiago crossed the Trans-Mongolian railway from St. Petersburg, Russia, to Shanghai, China.Twitter: @MiretSantiago

John Romankiewicz

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
China Energy Group
Electricity Markets Columnist

John current works on appliance standards and policy research in the China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He previously worked for the U.S. Department of State and Bloomberg New Energy Finance and spent a couple years living in Beijing. John spends his free time moonlighting as an eco-rapper and trying to start a food trike hawking Chinese jian bing to the people of the East Bay.
Twitter: @sustainablejohn


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MBA, 2015

Noah is a professional in the cleantech industry with six years of experience working on clean energy and corporate sustainability consulting projects. Noah is the founder of the Center for Carbon Removal, a non-profit dedicated to catalyzing awareness and dialogue on carbon removal. Since, 2013, Noah has conducted carbon-related projects for low-carbon-focused venture capital firms and for the Virgin Earth Challenge. Noah received his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 2008, and he will complete his MBA from UC Berkeley in May, 2015. LinkedIn:

Twitter: @TheCarbonSink


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Energy Engineering

Jianan is currently a sophomore at Berkeley. Her intended major is energy engineering. An international student from China, Jianan cares much about environment and clean energy. The severe pollution in China, especially the heavy smog in her hometown, makes her want to explore the social and environmental impacts of energy consumption. She is very interested in clean energy and its interaction with economy, politics and social structures. She has been actively involved in different energy-oriented events. This year, she is working with a group of students to design portable, elegant-looking, and efficient solar charging batteries, hoping to bring some changes into Berkeley’s community. Jianan also enjoys hiking and travelling. She wishes to go to Tibet and Europe someday.


 Brooke Maushund

Cal-Renewable and Adaptive Energy
Conservation & Resource Studies

Brooke is a third year Conservation & Resource Studies Major with a focus on Energy & Resource Solutions to Climate Change and a Minor in the Energy & Resource Group. Learning to appreciate the natural world from a young age through her love of the outdoors, she became motivated to become a productive member of the environmental movement: first in science, then in policy after coming to Cal. After doing various research on campus and spending time working on solar energy projects in rural Nicaragua, she is currently conducting research under Cal-Renewable and Adaptable Energy on the intersection of social, environmental, and economic impacts of rural solar energy systems, is working with the ASUC Solar Committee on solar energy projects on-campus, and represents students on CACS & BERCU’s leadership team. On weekends she can be found surfing or climbing around the Bay Area.
 Alexandra del Carpio Landry
Chemical Engineering

Alexandra’s research is in the field of heterogeneous catalysis, and has involved the synthesis of uniform bimetallic catalysts for the removal of carbon monoxide from gaseous feeds. Prior to her studies at Berkeley, Alexandra gained experience working for a variety of industries- from food to drugs and oil- and continues to feed a passion for exploring new areas of research. Outside of work she prefers to be outdoors, with many weekends devoted to backpacking, bike camping, or day trips in the Bay Area. The combination of her outdoor adventures and the Berkeley culture has sparked an interest in sustainable energy.


J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
Heather is the founder and executive director of the InterAmerican Clean Energy Institute, a nonprofit think tank dedicated to accelerating clean energy deployment in the Americas. Prior to founding the Institute in 2013, she practiced law at Cooley LLP, where she represented companies and investors as a senior attorney in the firm’s Clean Energy and Technologies group. She has served as a judge for social venture innovation competitions at U.C. Berkeley and as a trustee, board member, and/or senior adviser to multiple environmental and educational non-profit organizations. Heather co-organized the Symposium on Clean Energy Solutions for Brazil’s 21st Century in Rio de Janeiro, a UN Rio+20 parallel event. She holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she served as Supervising Editor of the California Law Review, and an A.B. from Princeton University.
Twitter: @energyamericas