Vice President: Jackson Traas
Jackson is a senior majoring in bioproducts and biosystems
engineering and minors in chemistry, sustainability studies, and
business management. He hopes to find ways to replace existing
non-sustainable products and systems with renewable
alternatives. Jackson can also be found playing soccer, board
games, or writing in his free time.
Events Director: Nikhil Karthikeyan
Nikhil is a senior 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 these fields.
Events Director: Vijay Shah
Vijay is a junior studying Chemical Engineering with minors in
Bioproducts Engineering and Chinese. He hopes to advance green
chemistry in his research and to continue helping the environment
through hands-on restoration. Vijay also enjoys playing clarinet and
piano, composing music, and writing poetry.
Finance Director: Courtney Hruska
Courtney is a senior 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.
Projects Director: Travis Johnson
Travis is a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering. He has several years
of professional experience operating in the energy sector and sees future
potentials with renewable energy and controls engineering. He enjoys
photography, cycling, rock climbing and traveling.
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.