Previous Winners

Reece Carpenter
2020 Undergraduate Scholarship Winner

Reece is an undergraduate at Western Washington University pursuing a BS degree in Energy Science and Technology and a minor in German. She has always been passionate about the environment and is determined to help create a world in which we only use renewable energy, in order to reduce carbon emissions and promote a sustainable future. With experience in the policy side of environmentalism through an internship with the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, as well as a study abroad year in Austria with Rotary Youth Exchange, Reece is determined to someday work with the United Nations with the intent to make an impact on global energy consumption and fight against climate change. In her free time, she volunteers regularly with her local Rotaract club and is a mentor for current and future Rotary Exchange students in her area. Through her involvement with Rotary, Rotaract, and Rotary International. Reece has been able to experience a variety of different cultures, as well as their interaction with their energy consumption first hand. She is motivated to find a career in which she can apply her knowledge of German, encourage the community to switch to sustainable habits, and innovate efficient energy technology to ensure a safe and green future.

Alexi Overland
2020 Undergraduate Scholarship Winner

Alexi attends the University of Oregon and is pursuing a B.S. in chemistry and environmental science. She has been involved in undergraduate research since her freshman year and currently works in the Brozek lab researching metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and their potential applications for renewable and sustainable energy. Specifically, she works with titanium-based MOFs, atomically precise alternatives to titanium dioxide, as catalysts for solar-driven sustainable transformations. They envision these MOFs playing a crucial part in decreasing the cost and environmental hazards of conventional catalysts. Additionally, understanding the photooxidative reactivity of their materials could pave a way for their use in degrading and recycling plastics that pollute our oceans and the environment. Alexi hopes to pursue a career that will allow her to continue to create and research materials that have the potential to mitigate our carbon footprint and create greener and more sustainable processes.

Ali Trueworthy
2020 Graduate Scholarship Winner
Sir Fraser Stoddart Scholar

Ali is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters student in the Enivornmental Arts and Humanities program at Oregon State University. She does design engineering research and science communication within the Pacific Marine Energy Center. As a researcher in the Design Engineering Lab, Ali researches how designers can develop better systems, specifically, wave energy devices. In the coming years of her PhD, Ali hopes to do research that increases our understanding of how marine renewable energy can address climate change, and how designers of marine renewable energy systems can approach the technology such that it immerges as something nourishing to all. Inspired by the ways of thinking and creating that she learns from the arts and humanities and motivated by the possibilities of blending disciplines, Ali strives to understand the whole picture of how renewable energy could impact our climate, environment, and culture. 

Grace Lindquist
2020 Graduate Scholarship Winner

Grace Lindquist is a Chemistry PhD candidate Prof. Shannon Boettcher’s lab at the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on anion exchange membrane water electrolysis technology. She is working to identify and understand key degradation pathways during electrolyzer operation with pure and dirty water feed. In addition to her research, Grace leads the UO’s Mad Duck Science Day, a program that provides lab-based science education to local middle school students, and is a part of the UO Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL). Grace’s goal after earning her PhD is to work in science policy advising on renewable energy technology implementation at a state or national level.

Ishaan Bhimani
2019 Undergraduate Scholarship Winner

Ishaan is a combined BS/MS student at the University of Washington studying electrical engineering with a concentration in power electronics. He has been involved with the EcoCar Mobility Challenge competition, and has interned at Tesla, working to test and validate solar energy products. In addition to his engineering activities, Ishaan has engaged in activism for renewable energy. He was part of a campus-wide movement to encourage the UW to convert to 100% renewable energy, and he even helped organize and spoke at 2 press conferences supporting statewide renewable energy legislation. Ishaan hopes to use his engineering talents to help integrate renewables into the grid and combat climate change.

Kathryn Corp
2019 Scholarship Winner
Co-Sir Fraser Stoddart Scholar

Kathryn graduated with her PhD in chemistry from the University of Washington in the fall of 2019 and moved to Berkeley, CA to start her career as a Senior Engineer at Opus 12. Opus 12 is a spin-out from research done at Stanford University and was grown at Cyclotron Road (a business accelerator at Berkeley National Lab). Opus 12 converts CO2 into commodity chemicals – turning pollution and waste into a profit stream and cleaner air. Kathryn is thrilled to be putting her chemistry degree to use in a field that will have a huge impact on the climate for future generations.

Michael Enright
2019 Scholarship Winner
Co-Sir Fraser Stoddart Scholar

Michael is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working with Prof. Ralph Nuzzo on the development of luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). Michael is developing strategies to maximize luminophore performance through synthesis of quantum dot heterostructures with broad visible region absorbance coupled with a downconverted, bright, near infrared emission. Michael is part of a project team striving to develop LSCs for building-integrated photovoltaic applications. Previously, he earned his doctorate in inorganic chemistry with Prof. Brandi Cossairt at the University of Washington in June 2019 for his work on the Synthesis of Colloidal Semiconductor Heterostructures. Michael first developed his interests in renewable energy research and chemistry as an undergraduate at Ripon College in Wisconsin.

Michael Nellist
2018 Scholarship Winner 
Sir Fraser Stoddart Scholar

Michael is a PhD candidate in Chemistry at the University of Oregon. He is motivated by the need to generate cleaner energy from renewable sources, as well as finding new ways to store that energy. Photoelectrochemical water splitting provides one promising route to do this, by capturing the energy from the sun and converting it into energy dense hydrogen fuel. His research investigates these systems using novel microscopy approaches that provide insight into the mechanisms by which water splitting takes place. This knowledge can be applied to make more efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting devices. Michael earned his bachelor degree in Chemistry at the State University of New York, College at Geneseo.  He earned his PhD in 2018 and now works at Intel.

Teresa Wang
2018 Undergraduate Scholarship Winner

Teresa graduated from the University of Washington in 2018 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Resource Management, and minor in Architecture and a minor in Urban Ecological Design. At UW, she was heavily involved with UW Solar, a student group which promotes solar energy installations on UW campus and in the greater Seattle area. She was also involved with the International Forestry Students’ Association, which works to promote the practice and education of sustainable natural resource use in both the local and international community. Additionally, she was a part of the Hydro-biogeochemistry Research Group at UW. Teresa now works as a Sustainability Consultant at Rushing Company, a MEP engineering consulting firm in Seattle.

Forrest Laskowski
2017 Scholarship Winner

Forrest received the award during his PhD at the University of Oregon, working in Shannon Boettcher's lab. His research focused on understanding the junction dynamics of photoelectrochemical cells for hydrogen evolution. He examined the semiconductor-catalyst junction of various photoanodes (i.e. n-Si, BiVO , Fe O ), both through experiment and computation, to identify key junction properties which produce efficient solar cells. Forrest's research ultimately revealed novel design principles for producing highly efficient photoelectrochemical energy storage cells (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41563-019-0488-z). After completing his PhD, Forrest accepted a postdoctoral research position at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) where he currently works on next generation batteries in Kimberly See's research lab.

Dustin Welch García
2017 Scholarship Winner

Dustin finished his PhD at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. His research asked when and why NGO-led electrification programs catalyzed innovation in large-scale, public/private solar energy projects. Dustin now leads a consultancy, Ghost Grid | Consulting. This new venture builds upon his 10+ years of experience in the clean energy and development space. The services provided by his interdisciplinary consulting team include: research and programmatic evaluations, ethnographic fieldwork, data management, visualization, and analysis, as well as special projects that fall outside these areas.

Carolyn Virca
2016 Scholarship Winner

Carolyn received her bachelor’s of science from the University of Portland in 2013. She went on to graduate school at Portland State University where she joined the lab of Dr. Theresa McCormick studying artificial photosynthesis. During her time at PSU she founded the Portland State Women in STEM group and served as its President for three years. Carolyn earned her PhD in 2018 and moved to the University of British Columbia, where she worked in Dr. Curtis Burlinguette’s lab as a Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute Fellow studying machine learning. Her research interests include transition metal chemistry, catalysis, computational chemistry and photochemistry. She is currently employed at Intel.

John Todd
2009 Scholarship Winner

John received his Master of Science in Forestry from the University of Montana in 2010.  During his time at UM's College of Forestry and Conservation, John studied the social acceptance of biomass energy in Montana at a time when its utility in Big Sky Country was under close, public scrutiny. Today, John is the Deputy Director for the Montana Wilderness Association where he puts his background in policy and public opinion to use in campaigns and programs that protect Montana's wild lands and outdoor traditions. When he's not working to protect the backcountry, you can find John, his wife, their two daughters and faithful bird dog in some of Montana's last, best places.

Oisiki Das
2008 Scholarship Winner

Oisik earned his PhD from the Centre for Advanced Composite Materials (CACM) at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research was focused on the utilization of biochar (obtained from pyrolysis/thermo-chemical conversion of lignocellulosic wastes) in areas of biocomposite development. Oisik did his postdoc at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, where he researched bio-based polymers and means to enhance their performance properties. Oisik received a master degree from Washington State University. He served MMU University, Ambala, India as Assistant Professor.  

 

Oisik is an Assistant Professor at Luleå University of Technology in Sweden and his research interests pertain to the development of high-value carbon materials for biocomposite applications.