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SAMANTHA IP

Samantha Ip

Photo courtesy of Samantha Ip

Class of 2018

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Adviser: Jose Avalos, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Involvement with the Andlinger Center: A recipient of the 2015 Andlinger Center Undergraduate Summer Internship, Ip conducted research with Avalos into the use of yeast in biofuel production. The researchers worked to engineer a strain of yeast that efficiently

Extracurriculars: Ip is the head of research and development for imPACT, a Pace Center volunteer group that assists high-achieving sixth graders at a middle school in Trenton. She is a member of the Princeton Model United Nations team and travels to compete in public speaking conferences. The social committee coordinator for the Princeton Premedical Society, Ip also volunteers regularly in the critical care unit of the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Honors: Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence for 2014-15

Free time: “I really enjoy jogging and swimming. I also like baking (especially desserts) and playing the piano.”

ERIC TEITELBAUM

Eric Teitelbaum

Photo by Frank Wojciechowski

BSE ’14, Graduate Student

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Adviser: Forrest Meggers, assistant professor of architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Involvement with the Andlinger Center: Received support through the Beyond Shading project led by Andlinger Center faculty for his senior thesis on a novel evaporative cooling system for building surfaces and continues to work on low-energy heating and cooling systems for buildings. As part of the project, he and colleagues in Meggers’ Cooling and Heating for Architecturally Optimized Systems (CHAOS) lab are redesigning a pavilion known as the “Thermoheliodome” that uses the evaporation of fluid, rather than air conditioning, to create an outdoor space that is comfortable in summer.

Other research: Teitelbaum also works on the characterization of a liquid dehumidification system and has been involved in the Campus as a Lab project, trying to find ways to cut heating and cooling costs by studying air flow in buildings. “All of our research involves leveraging physics and fundamental science in an applied, building-physics setting.”

Extracurriculars: Member of the building and grounds committee for the summer camp YMCA Camp Ockanickon in Medford, New Jersey, which he attended as a child

Honors: Michele Goudie ’93 Senior Thesis Award

Free time: “I’m an avid woodworker and outdoorsman. I love camping. I also really enjoyed my former position as a carpenter for Nelson Treehouse and Supply, where I got to build treehouses of varying degrees of luxury around the country. I also enjoy a good crossword puzzle.”