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New Light: Rising Stars in Energy and the Environment

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New Light: Rising Stars in Energy and the Environment is a summer seminar series to spotlight associate research scholars, postdoctoral research fellows, and other early-career researchers affiliated with the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Weekly seminars will feature a diverse selection of researchers working on cutting-edge topics across disciplines seeking to solve society’s most pressing problems in energy and the environment.

Lianfeng Zhao

Postdoctoral research associate, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Princeton University

June 24 at 11 a.m.Lianfeng Zhao is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. He received a B.S. from Xidian University in 2012, M.S. from Tsinghua University in 2014, and Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2019. His research interests are in optoelectronic thin-film devices, systems, and applications. He was the recipient of the 2018-2019 Princeton Wallace Memorial Fellowship in Engineering, 2017 Princeton SEAS Award for Excellence, 2014 Tsinghua Best Thesis Award and Tsinghua Outstanding Graduate for Academic Achievement Award.

Metal Halide Perovskites: Towards Practical Photovoltaics and CMOS-compatible Light Emitters

June 24 at 11 a.m.

Lianfeng Zhao is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. He received a B.S. from Xidian University in 2012, M.S. from Tsinghua University in 2014, and Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2019. His research interests are in optoelectronic thin-film devices, systems, and applications. He was the recipient of the 2018-2019 Princeton Wallace Memorial Fellowship in Engineering, 2017 Princeton SEAS Award for Excellence, 2014 Tsinghua Best Thesis Award and Tsinghua Outstanding Graduate for Academic Achievement Award.

Erin Mayfield

Associate postdoctoral researcher, The High Meadows Environmental Institute, the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University

June 30 at 11 a.m.Erin Mayfield is a sustainable systems engineering and public policy researcher. Currently an associate research scholar at Princeton University, she will be an assistant professor at Dartmouth College beginning in September. Her research focuses on developing multi-objective computational models that integrate technoeconomic, environmental, and social equity objectives to inform energy and industrial infrastructure system transitions in the context of climate change. She previously worked as an environmental engineer on natural resource damages litigation related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, hazardous waste remediation, and ecosystem services valuation related to petrochemical and pesticide contamination. Mayfield has also held positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Congress, and Environmental Law Institute.  She received her bachelor's degree in environmental science from Rutgers University, master's degree in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
This seminar is co-sponsored by The High Meadows Environmental Institute.

Designing net-zero emissions energy systems to address environmental and societal objectives

June 30 at 11 a.m.

Erin Mayfield is a sustainable systems engineering and public policy researcher. Currently an associate research scholar at Princeton University, she will be an assistant professor at Dartmouth College beginning in September. Her research focuses on developing multi-objective computational models that integrate technoeconomic, environmental, and social equity objectives to inform energy and industrial infrastructure system transitions in the context of climate change. She previously worked as an environmental engineer on natural resource damages litigation related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, hazardous waste remediation, and ecosystem services valuation related to petrochemical and pesticide contamination. Mayfield has also held positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Congress, and Environmental Law Institute. She received her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Rutgers University, master’s degree in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

This seminar is co-sponsored by The High Meadows Environmental Institute.

Upcoming Talks

July 8

Yenan Chen

July 8
July 15

Sunxiang Zheng

July 15
July 22

Sara Constantino

July 22
July 28

Melissa Ball

July 28

Past Talks

Azarakhsh Jalalvand

Data scientist, visiting postdoctoral research associate at Plasma Control Group, Princeton University

June 17 at 11 a.m.Jalalvand is a senior data scientist at Ghent University-imec, in Belgium, and a visiting postdoc at Plasma Control Group at Princeton University since 2020.

Jalalvand obtained his doctoral degree in 2015 in Artificial Intelligence and continued his career as a permanent postdoctoral researcher at IDLab-UGent-imec. Jalalvand has contributed to over 20 (inter-)national projects, leveraging fundamental and applied research in diverse data analysis directions such as pathological speech/image processing, radar signal processing, bioinformatics, anomaly detection, and predictive maintenance.

In 2020, he was awarded a 3-year special postdoctoral fellowship at UGent-BOF to investigate data-driven models for condition monitoring and plasma control in the magnetic confinement devices to produce controlled thermonuclear fusion power.

Real-Time Remote Sensing and Fusion Plasma Control: A Reservoir Computing Approach

June 17 at 11 a.m.

Jalalvand is a senior data scientist at Ghent University-imec, in Belgium, and a visiting postdoc at Plasma Control Group at Princeton University since 2020. Jalalvand obtained his doctoral degree in 2015 in Artificial Intelligence and continued his career as a permanent postdoctoral researcher at IDLab-UGent-imec. Jalalvand has contributed to over 20 (inter-)national projects, leveraging fundamental and applied research in diverse data analysis directions such as pathological speech/image processing, radar signal processing, bioinformatics, anomaly detection, and predictive maintenance. In 2020, he was awarded a 3-year special postdoctoral fellowship at UGent-BOF to investigate data-driven models for condition monitoring and plasma control in the magnetic confinement devices to produce controlled thermonuclear fusion power.