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.

Jesse Altman

Jesse Altman

Graduate Student Lead

Jesse Altman is an incoming second-year MPP candidate at the Harris School of Public Policy. He graduated in 2016 with an economics and international relations degree from Tufts University. Prior to coming to UChicago, Jesse spent two years working at a literacy mentorship non-profit in Chicago and, before that, two years serving in Peace Corps Morocco in the youth development sector. Jesse believes evidence-based, sustainable energy and environmental policies are critical in creating a more equitable world and is dedicated to pursuing that goal. Jesse is from Chicago and enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with his foster dog, Ruby.

Cooper Komatsu

Cooper Komatsu

Sustainability Data Dashboards Analysis

Cooper is a rising third-year majoring in Environmental and Urban Studies and Linguistics. He is passionate about cartography, urban form (especially in his hometown of Los Angeles), public transit, and global sustainability. This summer, Cooper is excited to work with his team on the University’s sustainability data reporting. In the future, he hopes to use mapping and language to make the world a more livable, equitable place. In his free time, Cooper loves running, riding the L, and playing board games.

Corrie Barnes

Corrie Barnes

Sustainability Data Dashboards Analysis

Corrie is a second-year majoring in Molecular Engineering (Quantum track) and minoring in Environmental and Urban Studies. She is interested in applying quantum computing and engineering concepts to solving problems related to climate change and environmental racism. She is excited to apply her experience in climate change organizing and computer science toward improving UChicago’s sustainability data dashboards this summer. As a Chicago native, Corrie plans to use her Environmental and Urban Studies minor to work with Black and brown communities on Chicago’s south side to improve air and water conditions. In her free time, Corrie enjoys cooking, swimming, and crocheting.

 

Anna Poon

Anna Poon

Sustainability Data Dashboards Analysis

Anna is a rising second-year majoring in Data Science.  She has previously engaged in sustainability through both community outreach work and data analysis, and she is interested in the intersection of data and environmental policy, particularly as it applies to green space and energy. Anna is incredibly excited to help improve campus sustainability this summer. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading mystery novels, and doing embroidery.

 

Isak Moon

Isak Moon

Sustainability Data Dashboards Analysis

Isak Moon is a third-year majoring in Business Economics with a minor in English and Creative Writing. He is interested in how sustainable energy, both its production and use, can lead to a greener future. Isak is excited to learn about sustainability on campus and how data analysis can make improvements. He hopes to take what he learns this summer and apply it to different institutions and communities. In his free time, he rows on the crew team, enjoys the outdoors, and likes Lego.

Izzy Romanucci

Izzy Romanucci

Laboratory Building Energy Analysis

Izzy Romanucci is a fourth-year Environmental Science major. She is interested in applying her data analysis and problem-solving skills to support institutions’ sustainable strategies. In Summer 2021, Izzy served as a Data Analyst Intern with Water for Good, an NGO focused on supplying clean water to the Central African Republic. She utilized several sources of data to advance efficient distribution and long-term access to this basic necessity. With a demonstrated enthusiasm for environmental causes, she was also invited to participate in the Aspen Institute’s inaugural Future Leaders Climate Summit. There, she collaborated on innovative solutions to the climate crisis and designed an action-plan for her community. Izzy looks forward to building upon these skills and interests with EFCampus this summer.

Rory Harkleroad

Rory Harkleroad

Laboratory Building Energy Analysis

Rory is a rising fourth-year majoring in Environmental and Urban Studies along with apprenticing in visual arts. Over the first year of the pandemic, they were an AmeriCorps NCCC member and worked with multiple nonprofits towards environmental conservation. Rory now plans to utilize the skills they developed to improve sustainability on campus. They are interested in data analysis and GIS that focuses on environmental decision-making and decolonizing institutions. Rory hopes to learn more about environmental research and institutional outlooks on sustainable practices with EFCampus. They look forward to finding creative ways to engage in change and cultivate awareness around environmental challenges.

Will Harding

Will Harding

Laboratory Building Energy Analysis

Will is a rising third-year undergraduate majoring in Environmental and Urban Studies, Public Policy, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Global Studies.  He is particularly interested in urban policy and the ways in which sustainability can be implemented effectively and equitably.  Will has previously worked with environmental nonprofits, environmental justice organizations in Chicago, and sustainability-focused student organizations on campus.  He’s looking forward to applying his academic interests to tangible sustainability research regarding university systems at UChicago.

Asad Fayiz

Asad Fayiz

Laboratory Building Energy Analysis

Asad is a first-year majoring in physics and mathematics. He hopes to gain invaluable research experience while assuming a theoretical approach to concrete environmental problems. Asad maintains that innovation beckons at every turn and is eager to find that in university lab design and energy optimization. In his free time, Asad enjoys composing music, reading philosophy, roaming Wikipedia, and practicing martial arts. He always looks forward to helping our planet, one puzzle at a time.