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  • Michael Lindley Machala

    Michael Lindley Machala

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy Resources Engineering

    BioMichael 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.

  • Aqsa Naeem

    Aqsa Naeem

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy Resources Engineering

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsEnergy System Modeling and Optimization

  • Esuru Okoroafor

    Esuru Okoroafor

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy Resources Engineering

    BioRita Esuru Okoroafor is currently a Graduate student at the Energy Resources Engineering Department. She is interested in coupling Geomechanics with Reservoir Engineering of Enhanced Geothemal Systems.

    Prior to the graduate program, she has worked with Schlumberger for over 12 years. Most of her work experience has been on the fields in the Gulf of Guinea. She has held the positions of Borehole Reservoir Engineer, Reservoir and Production Engineering Team Lead, Sales Manager, Reservoir Domain Champion and Real Time Productivity Steering Product Analyst.

    Her technical roles resulted in extensive experience on Formation Testing, Petrophysics, Well Testing, Production Logging, Well Integrity and Single Well Simulation and Production Forecasting, from which she has ten technical papers published, one granted patent and one patent application.
    Her non-technical roles gave her an opportunity to develop skills in leadership, communication, presentation and customer relationship management.

    Since 2005, Rita has been an active volunteer with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), holding leadership and committee member positions, locally, regionally and internationally.
    Her other interest includes writing and she is the author of the fiction novels "Against The Perfect Will" and "Morning Does Come".

  • Gabriele Pozzato

    Gabriele Pozzato

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy Resources Engineering

    BioGabriele Pozzato received his Bachelor's degree in Information Engineering from Università di Padova and his Master of Science (cum laude) in Automation and Control Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. He was a visiting scholar at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), South Carolina (USA), from January to November 2016. He received his Ph.D. in Information Technology from the Politecnico di Milano in 2020, defending a thesis on the optimization, modeling, and control of vehicles' powertrain. During his doctoral studies, he was an academic guest at the ETH Zürich and the Leibniz Universität Hannover. After the doctoral degree, he was junior Project Manager at Robert Bosch S.p.A., Sensortec division. He currently holds a post-doc position at the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University.

  • Evan Sherwin

    Evan Sherwin

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy Resources Engineering

    BioI study the role of hydrocarbon fuels in a rapidly decarbonizing economy. I'm a "pick important problems first and figure out the best methods later" kind of researcher, drawing on my expertise in techno-economic assessment, machine learning and applied statistics, econometrics, optimization, and various engineering subdisciplines along the way. My current focus is assessing and demonstrating the value of diverse methane emission sensing and mitigation technologies across the oil and gas value chain in an increasingly data-rich environment.