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Executive Committee 2014-2015

Tae-Hoon Kim, President

    Tae-Hoon Kim is a PhD candidate in the History Faculty at the University of Cambridge. His research area is on British fuel policy in the 1960s and 70s. He focuses on examining the politics underlying the policies of power generation and fuel supply, with a particular interest in the evolution in the dominant economic paradigm and its influence on energy policy. Tae has a BA, MA and MPhil in History from the University of Cambridge. Upon receiving his MPhil in 2007, Tae joined the Republic of Korea Army, where he served as a Military Intelligence Officer and Interpreter from 2008 to 2011. After retiring from active duty in 2011, he worked as a research assitant in the Institute For Integrated International Studies (IIIS) at Trinity College Dublin from 2011 to 2012.

Viktor Chyong, Vice-President

    Victor is an MPhil student in Technology Policy at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He holds an LLB Law degree from Southampton University and Diploma in Economics from Birkbeck. He joined CUEN in 2014 and has strong research interest in energy, in particular, natural gas. During his LLB studies, he wrote a dissertation on EU-Russia legal framework in energy trade where he analysed existing legislations underpinning the current bilateral gas trade. He is currently working on European Energy Security in the wake of the on-going Ukranian security crisis.

Michal Filus, Secretary/Webmaster

    Michal is a 3rd year PhD student at the Centre for Atmospheric Science group, Department of Chemistry. His research interests lie in the understanding of transport mechanisms of pollutants in the atmosphere. Although, the research area is not closely related to the energy sector and research, this issue has always been one of his passions. Before coming to Cambridge he pursued a MChem in Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Michal joined the CUEN in 2012 and is mainly interested in the energy impact on the environment and sustainable energy generation, sources and utilisation.

M. Mustafa Kamal, Junior Treasurer

    Mustafa is a 3rd year PhD student at the Energy group, Department of Engineering working on the premixed and stratified flames and its application to gas turbine engine. He holds a Bachelor in Mechanical engineering and a Masters in Advanced Mechanical engineering from University of Leeds. Mustafa joined the CUEN in 2012 and he has a strong interest in energy related technologies and development.

Marta Musso, Publicity Officer

    Marta is a PhD student at the Faculty of History, currently researching the impact of the international oil industry on Algerian decolonisation. She holds an MA in History from the University of Turin and an MA in Journalism from the University of Sheffield. She is particularly interested in industrial history, the relations between State and enterprise and energy commodities. She collaborates with the historical archive of Eni, the Italian oil company, as a researcher and media producer. She is a founding member of Eogan, the European network of oil and gas archives, and social officer for CISA, the Cambridge International Studies Association.

Anna-Maria Kypraiou, Publicity Officer

    Anna-Maria was born in Athens, Greece. Having obtained her Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and a Master of Philosophy in Energy Technologies from the University of Cambridge, she is currently a second year PhD student at the Department of Engineering. Her research interests span the field of thermoacoustic instabilities in premixed, non-premixed and spray flames. Anna-Maria joined the CUEN in 2014 and is interested in energy technologies.

Martin Chan, Funding Officer

    Martin is a PhD student at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, where he also completed his MEng degree. His research is on chemical-looping and its application to hydrogen production as well as methane reforming - the technology has many advantages over existing conventional processes, with a potentially dramatic reduction of CO2 sequestration costs.

Joy Zhu, Funding Officer

    Joy is an MPhil student in Technology Policy at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. She holds a Mechanical Engineering and Economics degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Her previous research focused on the economic analysis on concentrated solar thermal in China. Currently, she is doing a research on the technology innovation of solar PV industry of China and US with Stanford Steyer Taylor Center. Also, she has a strong interests in energy finance- how to finance renewable energy projects to encourage the deployment.

Atin Jain, Funding Officer

    Atin is an MPhil Candidate in Energy Technologies at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. He holds a B.Tech in Mechanical with specialization in Energy Engineering from VIT University, India. His research interests lie in Energy Policy and Sustainable Electricity Generation. Before coming to Cambridge, Atin worked on a wide range of areas like Solar Thermal Power Generation, Liquid fuels from Biomass, Role of Green Facades in Pollution abatement and Energy Audit of Office Buildings.

Lokesh Lohiya, Logistics Officer

    Lokesh is an MPhil student in Advanced Chemical Engineering at the Chemical and Biotechnology Department, University of Cambridge. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He joined CUEN in 2014 and is greatly interested in renewable energy, especially fuel cells and batteries.

Jashan Bhumkar, Logistics Officer

    Jashan is currently pursuing MPhil in Advanced Chemical Engineering (ACE) at Cambridge. He grew up in Mumbai, India and spent the last four years studying Bachelor's in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in University of California, Berkeley. In terms of energy, his interests are diverse ranging from conventional oil and gas industry to biofuels and solar energy. He has worked on artificial intelligence-based solar light harvesting systems for "smart" lighting with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA, USA), a project on minimizing stirring power requirements in dispersion machinery and a consultancy project in the oil and gas industry with EMCO India. Jashan is a budding entrepreneur with the aim of contributing meaningfully to developing infrastructure, particularly in the energy sector in India and other developing parts of the world. To that effect, he has already initiated a nanodispersion project in India in the oil sector to enhance fuel value of oil and another venture for high-temperature resistant coatings to conserve energy in furnaces and reactors.

James Pollard, Content Officer

    Jamie is a 2nd year undergraduate studying Geography at the University of Cambridge. He has developed a keen interest across the energy agenda in both research and industry. In the context of increasingly unstable global energy markets and the revival of resource nationalism, he is particularly interested in the potential for energy resources as a stimulus to development. Inspired by the 2013 CUEN Annual Conference, he is currently pursuing a dissertation relating to the perceptions of hydraulic fracturing in contrasting geopolitical contexts.

Celestino Creatore, Content Officer

    Celestino is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. He holds a PhD in Physics (Condensed Matter) from Cardiff University and a MSc in Physics from the University of Bari, Italy. He is currently working in the "Theory of Condensed Matter Group" and his research is mainly focused on studying the interaction between light and matter for variousapplications in the fields of Photonics, Quantum Optics and Quantum Information. He is also very interested in renewable energy technologies and one of his current research lines deals with the design of novel models of quantum technologies relevant to the fieldof sustainability, e.g. to Photovoltaics. Cele joined CUEN in 2013 and apart from emergent technologies, he is very interested in scientific-evidence-based energy policy.

Laura-Lucia Richter, Senior Advisor

    Laura is a third year PhD student at the Department of Economics and member of the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG). Her research addresses technology diffusion of micro-generation technologies, smart grids and the economics of grid reliability. Before coming to Cambridge she completed her MSc in Economics at the University College London (UCL). Laura joined CUEN in 2012 and was CUEN President from January 2013 through September 2014.

Giulia Privitera, Senior Advisor

    Giulia is a post-doctoral researcher in the Engineering Department at Cambridge University. She holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the same University, a MSc in Condensed Matter Physics and a BSc in Physics from the University of Pisa, Italy. She is working in the Nanomaterials and Spectroscopy Group at the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE), and her research is focused on the development of printable and flexible (opto)electronics based on nanomaterials, such as graphene and carbon nanotubes. Besides technical aspects, she is strongly interested in the environmental and social impact of renewable energies and in sustainable development. Giulia joined CUEN in 2011 and, after having covered different roles in the committee over the years, she now aims to inspire and advise the new members on CUEN vision and activities.

Professor John Young, Senior Treasurer

    Prof. Young is the Hopkinson and ICI Professor of Applied Thermodynamics and a Professorial Fellow of King's College. He read Engineering Science at Christ Church, Oxford, from 1966-69 and obtained his Ph.D from Birmingham University in 1973. In 1976 he joined the Cambridge University Engineering Department and worked at the Whittle Turbomachinery Laboratory in West Cambridge until 1999 when he moved to the Hopkinson Laboratory on the main Department of Engineering site, CUED.