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Ph.D. Student in Energy Resources Engineering

An energy equity enthusiast, (co-)founder, and prolific researcher currently working towards a PhD in Energy Resources Engineering, with a focus on sustainable energy systems, specifically the impact of carbon policy on optimal energy systems capacity planning and decision-making

Ph.D. Student in Energy Resources Engineering
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Energy Resources Engineering

Maartje Boon joined Stanford University in 2017 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. She combines experimental techniques involving X-Ray CT imaging with numerical modelling to look at the impact of rock structure heterogeneities on multiphase flow properties and its implications for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

Boon obtained her PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London where she was part of the Qatar Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (QCCSRC). She developed a new experimental technique to observe solute spreading and mixing in natural consolidated rock. She used experimentally obtained statistical rock descriptions to numerically investigate the impact of rock heterogeneity on reactive transport in porous media.

Her ambition is to become an expert in experimental imaging techniques as well as numerical modelling of reactive transport in porous media. In the future, she would like to have her own research group at one of the leading universities in the field of Energy Sustainability.

M.S. Student in Energy Resources Engineering
Ph.D. student in Energy Resources Engineering

Catherine Callas (Hay) is currently a Ph.D. student in the Benson Lab in Energy Resources Engineering. She is an ExxonMobil Emerging Energy Fellow and her research is focused on offshore carbon capture and sequestration in the Gulf Coast. She obtained her M.S. degree in the Atmosphere and Energy program within Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Brown University. Prior to attending Stanford, she worked as a Financial Analyst within the Fixed Income group at Goldman Sachs in New York City for 3 years. She was a Schneider Fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco where she analyzed the impact of the 2017 Northern California wildfires and 2018 Camp Fire on retail rates within PG&E’s service territory.

Affiliate, Benson Program Visiting Scholar, Department of Energy Resources Engineering - Energy Resources Engineering

Jacques de Chalendar is a Visting Scholar in the Energy Resources Engineering department at Stanford University. He was previously a doctoral candidate in the same department, advised by Profs. Sally Benson and Peter Glynn. He is also an Ingénieur Polytechnicien from the French Ecole Polytechnique (X2011).

His research focuses on building state-of-the-art computational tools for energy and carbon management problems.

M.S. Student in Energy Resources Engineering

Rebecca Grekin is an MS student in the Energy Resources Engineering department at Stanford University working in the Benson lab. She is working closely with the Stanford Office of Sustainability to determine the best methodologies and frameworks for accounting for the embodied emissions for goods that Stanford purchases. By focusing on this often overlooked aspect of an entity's greenhouse gas emissions, Rebecca hopes to provide insights into concrete solutions that can be implemented to decrease Stanford's emissions. Before arriving at Stanford, Rebecca received her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with minors in Environment & Sustainability and French at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ph.D. Student in Energy Resources Engineering
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Energy Resources Engineering
Ph.D. Student in Energy Resources Engineering
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Energy Resources Engineering

Michael is a postdoctoral fellow whose interests encompass international development projects requiring productive energy use and how to increase their success through transdisciplinary approaches. He has a dual appointment in the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Department of Energy Resources Engineering. His current work focuses on understanding and reducing produce supply chain inefficiency in India from a systems perspective, while identifying and testing scalable interventions with on-the-ground partners and end-users. Michael completed a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Stanford. His thesis focused on using fundamental research to develop design descriptors for improving solar-to-fuel and fuel-to-electricity conversion using electrochemistry.

Michael’s interest in social and environmental impact work began in high school as the president of the region’s youth-led tobacco free coalition. The coalition was runner-up for National Youth Advocates of the Year given by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids when Idaho (his home state) went tobacco-free. At Kenyon College, he self-designed a major in Chemical Physics to understand how related disciplines approach challenges in renewable energy technology development while co-captaining the men’s NCAA National Champion swim team.

After graduating in 2009, Michael moved to Germany as a Transatlantic Renewable Energy Fellow to research low-cost solar cells while learning about the sociopolitical environment that placed Germany as a global leader in renewable energy integration. While there, he attended the UNFCCC COP15 climate summit with two other fellows. Leading up to and during the highly anticipated event, they wrote and published an educational blog for the public. After leaving Germany, Michael lived in Southeast Asia as a Henry Luce Scholar to gain first-hand experience with renewable energy integration in unelectrified regions of Laos and Cambodia. This experience informed his desire to continue work on energy equality and development around the world, particularly at the intersection with basic human needs.

Masters Student in Energy Resources Engineering
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Energy Resources Engineering

Aqsa Naeem is working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University. Her research domain encompasses various aspects of the energy systems, ranging from modeling different processes and entities to the design of sustainable microgrids, all with the goal of minimizing the carbon footprint and costs.

Her current work focuses on the use of data analytics in the energy systems to capture data trends in a structured, ingenious way that can further be used to predict the future scenarios. The goal is to identify all the significant parameters in the measured data points obtained from different entities of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and to apply the state-of-the-art energy modeling solutions to estimate the energy consumption of campus buildings.

Naeem obtained her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Pakistan, where she worked on the design of resilient and cost-effective microgrids, to further the adoption of renewable energy systems in the power sector. Her work highlights the significance of using complementary energy sources in order to mitigate the inherent intermittency of renewable energy sources.

Managing Director of SCCS, Department of Energy Resources Engineering - Energy Resources Engineering

Sarah is the Managing Director of the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage and the Stanford Carbon Initiative.

Sarah has 25 years of experience at Chevron Corporation where she held a series of scientific, managerial, and executive roles. She has a diversity of experience in geological research and teaching, petroleum engineering on massive offshore fields, leading exploration teams, competitor analysis and business planning, executive responsibilities for all business operations for Chevron’s multi-national environmental remediation company, and responsibility for SEC-mandated reserves reporting.

Dr. Saltzer holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, M.S. and B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has published her work in peer-reviewed journals and corporate annual reports.

The Stanford Center for Carbon Storage uses a multidisciplinary approach to address critical questions related to flow physics, monitoring, geochemistry, and simulation of the transport and fate of CO2 stored in geologic media.

Sarah also leads the new Stanford Carbon Initiative with the mission of creating a community of Stanford faculty and industry partners with interest in carbon management to address climate change.

Research Assistant, FSI

Clothilde Venereau is a M.S. student in the Benson Lab in the department of Energy and Resources Engineering. Her research focuses on assessing the impact of buildings electrification on electric load shapes and demand in California. She also works on capacity expansion modelling of California’s grid to meet its 2030 and 2045 decarbonization goals under different electrification scenarios. Before coming to Stanford, Clothilde received a M.S. from Imperial College London and spent a year as a visiting researcher at U.C. Berkeley.

Ph.D. Student in Energy Resources Engineering

Gege Wen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Benson Lab. She obtained her B.S. degree from the Mining Engineering Department at the University of Toronto and an M.S. degree from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford University.

Her Ph.D. research focuses on using deep learning to conduct fast multiphase flow simulation.