Breakthrough Welcomes 2018 Fellows

Scholars Join the Breakthrough Institute for the Summer

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June 11, 2018 | Breakthrough Admin

Each summer, the Breakthrough Institute welcomes a new class of Breakthrough Generation fellows to join our research team for 10 weeks. Generation fellows work to advance the ecomodern project, by deepening our understanding in the fields of energy, environment, technology, and human development. 

Breakthrough Generation has proven crucial to the work we do here. Past fellows' research has contributed to some of our most impactful publications, including Atoms for AfricaWhere Good Technologies Come FromBeyond Boom & BustHow to Make Nuclear CheapLighting Electricity Steel, and Nature Unbound.

Over 85 fellows have come through Breakthrough Generation since its founding in 2008. We are delighted that the following scholars are joining their ranks:

Prerna Bhat

Prerna is from Austin, Texas and is currently a master’s student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with a focus on conservation biology and management as well as environmental communication. After her undergraduate studies in evolutionary biology, and prior to her current grad program, she interned with a conservation center in Madagascar and explored sustainable cacao and vanilla both there and also in Southeast Asia.

Jamie Fanous

Jamie recently graduated from Tufts University with an MS in agriculture, food, and environment, and an MA in urban and environmental policy and planning. At Tufts, Jamie focused her research on system modeling, soil health, and conservation ag.

Sakhi Shah

Sakhi is a recent graduate from Carnegie Mellon with a dual master’s in civil and environmental engineering (focused in energy) and in engineering and technology innovation management. Sakhi grew up in Kenya and has an interest in developing regions’ access to energy and infrastructure improvement in low income areas. Her work experience includes sustainable manufacturing, sanitation in Indian slums with Engineers Without Borders, civil engineering, and urban design.

Nassib Mugwanya

Nassib has a background in agricultural science, with an MSc in agricultural extension and education from Makerere University, Kampala. In Uganda, Nassib works with the National Crops Resources Research Institute, where he spends most of his time promoting access to new agricultural innovations among smallholder farmers. Previously, he worked as a research assistant on the Biosciences for Farming in Africa Project (B4FA), which explored farmers’ attitudes towards crop genetic innovations. @nmugwanya

Jessica Dunn

Jessica has worked in the non-profit sector as an outreach coordinator on various clean energy campaigns, educating the public about the importance of clean and equitable energy. While studying in London, she was a demand response operator, sparking her interest in policy changes required for clean energy integration into the market. This has led to her position as a renewable energy operator in Philadelphia. 

Anaya Hall

Anaya is a first year PhD student in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California-Berkeley. Her research broadly focuses on the environmental impact of agriculture and opportunities for increased efficiencies in resource use. 

Nyla Khan

Nyla is a PhD candidate in engineering & public policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests include energy storage and sustainability in the developing world. She completed her MS in civil & environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 2017 and also previously worked as a consultant supporting the DOE. 


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