EFCampus Research Assistants

Meet the EFCampus Research Assistants. EFCampus is the campus-based component of the Environmental Frontiers initiative, enabling students to use campus data as a case study for understanding a path to a more sustainable future. Undergraduate Research Assistants will work remotely in partnership with UChicago’s Offices of Facilities Services and Campus Sustainability, the Program on the Global Environment, and the Center for Robust Decision-making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP) on projects analyzing energy system data to consider opportunities to create energy-savings and reduce excess consumption on campus and beyond.

Annalise McGrail

Annalise McGrail

Graduate Student Mentor

Annalise is a second year MBA candidate at the Booth School of Business with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. Additionally, she is a part of the Mansueto Institute’s Certificate Program in Urban Science and Sustainable Development. Annalise received her Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in International Political Economy and Certificate in International Business Diplomacy. Annalise also studied Environmental Economics and Sustainable Development at the London School of Economics. She is passionate about the intersection of sustainability, global health, and international development and contributes to several University student organizations, including: Food, Environment, AgriBusiness and Development Group, the Business and Sustainability Club, and the Booth Outdoor Leadership Development Group. In her free time, Annalise enjoys bouldering, hiking, and reading.

Anika Bhat

Anika Bhat

Water Efficiency Analysis

Anika Bhat is a second-year majoring in Economics. She is interested in environmental policy, particularly how nonprofits and the government work together to promote climate policy. Anika is excited to see what conservation measures can be implemented to reduce costs on campus. She hopes to learn more about data analysis techniques and how to prioritize various conservation measures. In the future, Anika hopes to promote sustainability in her community. In her free time, she reads non-fiction, bakes chocolate chip cookies, and goes on hikes.

Shopnavo Biswas

Shopnavo Biswas

Laboratory Building Energy Analysis

Shopnavo Biswas is a rising third-year studying computational & applied math, economics, and physics. He is interested in using data science techniques to reveal empirical patterns, turning them into actionable insights to guide environmental policy. Shopnavo has researched satellite imagery machine learning techniques at the Energy Policy Institute in Chicago and long-term US productivity growth at the Booth School of Business. In the future, he hopes to bridge the communication divide between policymakers and scientists to synthesize policy that is effective and practical. Shopnavo is originally from Fremont, CA. In his free time he runs for the varsity cross country and track teams, debates carbon taxes, and reads The New Yorker.

Ryan Cutter

Ryan Cutter

Laboratory Building Energy Analysis

Ryan Cutter is a fourth-year environmental science major and geographic information science minor at the University of Chicago. His interests include resource management in urban environments and he hopes to positively contribute to the campus community by improving energy consumption in laboratory settings. Ryan has previously worked with the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation as part of the Sustainable Urban Development research team, and he is excited to return in this new capacity. Ryan is originally from Richmond, CA and hopes to pursue sustainable development in the future.

Jasmina Scekic

Jasmina Scekic

LEED Building Performance Benchmarking

Jasmina is a rising third-year majoring in mathematics with a minor in statistics. She has previously worked on research in paleontology and, most recently, computational biology. She is interested in applying her math background to sustainability projects as well as other environmental and urban issues.

Mark Siedentopf

Mark Siedentopf

LEED Building Performance Benchmarking

Mark is a first-year Odyssey Scholar at the College. Prior to coming to the University of Chicago, Mark was actively involved in the sustainability program at the Culver Academies where he had the privilege of working on multiple projects and gaining valuable applied experience. He is passionate about improving the sustainability of his local community and enjoys taking creative approaches to finding new solutions. Mark looks forward to new challenges and developing new skills that he can apply toward future projects.