President: Talia Kaliszewski
Talia is a junior in mechanical engineering. She has always
loved everything related to flora and fauna and hopes to
use her education to better the world through renewable
energy. In her free time, Talia enjoys hiking and taking care
of her plants, Timothy and Bamboozle.
External Vice President:
Victoria Rose Gibbs
Victoria is a senior majoring in psychology. She is passionate
about research and hopes to become a clinical psychologist.
Outside of school, she loves running and exploring the arts
scene in the Twin Cities. Victoria was introduced to sustainability
and energy activism during her sophomore year of college and
hopes to stay active in these areas during her time in college and
Communications Director: Nikhil Karthikeyan
Nikhil is a junior aspiring to major in chemical engineering. He is
interested in ensuring we don't destroy the world before we make
a mars colony. He is interested in technology, video games and
aircraft. He is often found reading articles on new developments in
Finance Director: Courtney Hruska
Courtney is a junior majoring in biomedical engineering. She plans
on continuing her education into graduate school to keep helping
others as much as she can. When not at school, she likes to stay
active with intramural basketball and soccer as well as golf. She
also enjoys exploring the city and all of its restaurants.
Events Director: Vijay Shah
Vijay is a sophomore currently studying chemical
engineering with minors in Chinese and bioproducts
engineering, and is a clarinettist in the University Band.
He hopes to make a difference in the environmental
condition by making sustainable products and materials
available to and affordable for everyday people and help
to improve environmental health through hands-on restoration.
In his spare time, Vijay enjoys performing/writing music and
writing poetry, among other things.
Founder: Kerry Wang
As a lifelong environmentalist, Kerry pursued and earned a BS in Chemical Engineering at Rice University to better understand sustainable technologies. During this time, an Environmental Sociology course opened his eyes to the many human factors - politics, business, economics, culture, and social justice - that play a role in society's relationship with energy and the environment. Realizing how many aspects of life and society affect each other and energy in complex, non-linear ways, Kerry grew frustrated that discussions of "sustainability" often occurred in such segregated academic silos. This led him to found the UMN Energy Club in Fall 2015, while a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering. Kerry believes young people today, who will be climate leaders of tomorrow, need to develop leadership skills allowing them to not only understand energy more holistically, but to work and communicate effectively with those with different views and experiences on energy. Outside of sustainability, Kerry enjoys partner acrobatics, Bollywood dance, and martial arts. His PhD work involves mathematical modeling of a novel process for manufacturing high-quality single-crystalline silicon solar cells.