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 the University of Chicago’s Facilities Services’ Office of Sustainability, the Committee on Environment, Geography and Urbanization (CEGU), the Center for Robust Decision-making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP), and the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation on projects analyzing energy system data to consider opportunities to create energy-savings and reduce excess consumption on campus and beyond.

Praveen Mohankumar

Praveen N. Mohankumar

Graduate Student Lead

Praveen N. Mohankumar is a master’s graduate in applied data science and marketing/product strategy. With 9 years of experience in the life science consulting sector, Praveen has a proven track record as a strategic consultant and product analytics principal with ZoomRx & Trinity Life Sciences. He has adeptly managed teams and collaborated with C-suite executives and startups to drive successful new product launches & marketing strategy. Praveen’s expertise in strategy and operations, combined with his deep industry knowledge, enables him to deliver impactful solutions and guide organizations toward achieving their business objectives. This summer, he will be collaborating with scientists and managing undergraduate research focusing on data, strategy, and sustainability to leverage his extensive experience.

Anushka Guru

Anushka Guru

Heat Mapping

Anushka Guru is an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago majoring in environmental science & biology (with a specialization in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology) on the pre-health preprofessional track. Prior to this experience, she has spent most of her time doing hands-on field work, ranging from organizing and executing tree planting initiatives across the country to helping coordinate electronic waste collection initiatives across the Midwest. She has worked across themes such as science education, recycling, and environmental impacts on global health, particularly in effects on children’s growth.

Aidan Long

Aidan Long

Freezer Challenge & Lab Standard Operating Procedure

Aidan Long is an economics and data science double major interested in data analysis and synthesis as well as energy markets and energy research. His other school activities include playing rugby for the university as well as being a member of the Undergraduate Election and Rules committee. Outside of school, he enjoys working out, traveling, and experiencing new things.

Anjali Subramaniam

Andrew McGallian

Heat Mapping

Andrew McGallian is an undergraduate at the University of Chicago majoring in environmental science with a minor in GIS. He is interested in addressing energy and environmental challenges, with a focus on climate change, sustainability, and conservation. Andrew is particularly interested in the intersection of environmental policy and law. Considering a future in law school or a master’s program, he aims to specialize in energy or environmental law and policy. His GIS background complements his environmental focus, providing him with valuable tools for informed decision-making in environmental policy or analysis.

Maya McWilliams

Maya McWilliams

Freezer Challenge and Lab Standard Operating Procedure

Maya McWilliams is an undergrad at UChicago studying environmental and urban studies and political science. She’s interested in the sociology of urban planning, urban commons, and sustainability. She writes for UChicago’s Expositions Magazine. Before attending the university, she took a gap year, during which she worked on a sustainable urban farm in Santa Cruz.

Alex Rogers

Alex Rodgers

Freezer Challenge and Lab Standard Operating Procedure

Alex Rodgers is an incoming second year majoring in economics and computer science. More specifically, he’s interested in using algorithms and economic models and to tackle energy efficiency issues through a financial lens. He is also a member of the UChicago debate team and climate club, and is passionate about advocating for sustainable investment. This summer, he’s excited to collaborate with other undergraduate students to come as close as possible to optimizing energy use on campus.
Carolynn Sagi

Carolynn (CJ) Sagi

Heat Mapping

Pietro Stabile

Pietro Stabile

Heat Mapping

Pietro Stabile is an undergraduate at the University of Chicago majoring in computer science and economics. He has previously worked with software as a research assistant, and he is currently a private tutor for high school students. He is also a member of the Phoenix Sustainability Initiative’s Green Data project team at the University, which has researched and advocated for cleaner institutional practices. Pietro is interested in using computer science to advance environmental sustainability

Anushka Guru

Abigail Starr

Shut the Sash

Abigail Starr is a fourth-year majoring in data science with a minor in German. She is passionate about data visualization and machine learning and looks forward to building these skills with her EFCampus team. Before this experience, she mapped CAFOs across the US using large datasets and computer vision software. During the academic year, she serves as Delta Gamma’s VP Communications and a Teaching Assistant for the Data Science department.

Anjali Subramaniam

Anjali Subramanian

Shut the Sash

Anjali Subramanian is a third-year majoring in environmental science and biology. She is interested in sustainable urban development and renewable energy. She has previously worked in labs researching plant immune responses and soil chemistry, and with environmental advocacy organizations including the Sunrise Movement. This summer, she is excited to develop her research and analytical skills while furthering sustainability at UChicago.