Yael Borofsky is a graduate student and researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, pursuing a dual master's degree in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and in the Technology and Policy Program. She is a fellow in MIT's Tata Center for Technology and Design and is part of a multi-disciplinary team developing a low-cost electricity grid architecture for application in India. Her research focuses on GIS-based approaches to electrification planning in the developing world. She is also a co-founder of e4Dev, a new MIT Energy Initiative-sponsored student group and discussion forum exploring issues at the intersection of energy and human development.
Prior to MIT, Yael covered the Philadelphia technology community as a reporter for Technically Philly. In addition to being a 2009 Breakthrough Generation Fellow, Yael served in a variety of roles at the Breakthrough Institute, first as Staff Writer, then Project Director and Associate Editor of the Breakthrough Journal. While at Breakthrough, she co-authored "Where Good Technologies Come From," and "Rising Tigers, Sleeping Giant," and her writing has been featured or cited in various publications. She also co-directed two summers of Breakthrough Generation summer fellows, initiating Breakthrough's research on energy poverty in the developing world. She received her bachelor's degree in Human Development from Cornell University. In her free time, she runs, bikes, swims, climbs, and obsesses over coffee, ice cream, and the Philadelphia Phillies.