The search for a clean, sustainable energy is one of the most important challenges we face today as a society. Energy plays such a central role in our daily lives, and the movement away from fossil fuels is imperative. Interdisciplinary approaches and cutting-edge research to advance sustainable energy and technology are the forefront for the discussion of our diverse panels of professionals in the field of energy research. Join VIPER Student Board and Penn Climate Ventures on Friday, April 8th from 3-4PM for the Current Trends in Energy Research Energy Week Panel.
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Jason Baxter is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Drexel University, where he began in 2007. His research group focuses on solar energy conversion, including materials chemistry and processing of thin films and nanostructures, fabrication and characterization of solar cells, and ultrafast photophysics of solar energy materials. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and Drexel’s College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award. He received his BS at University of Delaware and PhD at University of California Santa Barbara, both in chemical engineering, and was a postdoctoral fellow in physical chemistry at Yale University.
Chemical Engineering in the Clean Energy Conversions Lab
Katherine Vaz Gomes is a Ph.D. candidate in chemical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Gomes’ research focuses on carbon capture and removal. Her work includes both experimental and technoeconomic analysis of carbon storage systems. She is interested in the intersection of communications, climate technology, and energy policy. She has also worked as a consulting science advisor for Stripe Climate and Carbon Direct: where she combines science and finance in the mission to reach net-zero carbon emissions. Gomes holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and professional writing from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Mark is a Principal at Energize Ventures where he leads investments at the intersection of digital technologies and sustainable industry. Mark began his career as a chemical engineer at ExxonMobil, where he held various engineering and supervisory roles across the company’s Production and Chemical divisions. Mark later founded an energy consultancy practice and worked at Bernhard Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on infrastructure and industrial services investments. Mark holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and B.S. with Honors in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.