Executive Committee 2012-2013
Laura-Lucia Richter, President
Laura is a PhD student at the Department of Economics and member of the Electricity Policy Research Group (EPRG). Her research addresses technology diffusion of micro-generation technologies, smart grids and energy demand patterns. Before coming to Cambridge she completed her MSc in Economics at the University College London (UCL). Laura joined CUEN in 2012 and is mainly interested in the options to set up a smart electricity system and in related behaviour change.
Mohammad Ismail, Vice President
Mohammad Ismail is a PhD student in Energy Group of the Department of Engineering and carrying out research in the development and performance of mixed oxide carriers for chemical looping combustion of coal. He graduated from the Department of Applied Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Ismail is also a faculty member of University of Dhaka. In his scientific career, he was dealing with bio-fuel production technology from agro-waste and MSW, petrochemical synthesis from aromatic compounds etc research. Ismail joined CUEN in 2012 and has a great interest in contributing carbon capture and sequestering (CCS) and production of sustainable fuel.
Chin Yik Lee, Secretary
Chin Yik is a PhD student in the CFD laboratory from the department of engineering. He holds a BEng (Hons) in mechanical engineering from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London and MPhil in engineering with Trinity Hall, Cambridge. His research so far fouses on clean and efficient combustion for practical systems, and he is currently working on numerical investigation of combustion-driven oscillation in afterburners. Chin Yik joined CUEN in 2012 with a strong interest in novel yet ecomonically feasible energy alternatives, and to raise awareness on the environmental impact of different energy sources.
Wenting Hu, Junior Treasurer
Wenting is a research student in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology after his undergraduate studies in the same department. His research focuses on clean coal technology, in particular, Chemical Looping Combustion. He joined CUEN in 2011 and is mainly responsible for updating website information as well as some other publicity issues.
Giulia Privitera, Funding Officer
Giulia is a research student working towards the PhD degree in Cambridge University Engineering Department and Wolfson College. She holds a Bachelor in Physics and a MPhys in Condensed Matter 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 nanostructured transparent conductors for optoelectronic applications, mainly photovoltaic devices. Besides technological aspects, she is strongly interested in the environmental and social impact of renewable energies and in sustainable development.
Irufan Ahmed, Funding Officer
Irufan is a PhD student in the Engineering Department, carrying out research in turbulent premixed flames and its application to internal combustion engines. He graduated from Imperial College London with an MEng degree in Aeronautical engineering. Irufan joined CUEN in 2010 and aims to raise awareness in global energy and environmental issues.
Paul (Wen) Liu, Funding Officer
Paul read Chemical Engineering at Selwyn College, Cambridge and received an MEng and a BA degree in 2009. After graduation, he has become a PhD student in the Combustion Group from Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Cambridge. His research work looks at the use of chemical-looping technique to produce pure hydrogen from coals with inherent CO2 separation. Paul joined CUEN in 2009 and he has a strong interest in renewable and carbon-free energy technologies.
Jin Yang Lim, Logistics
Jin Yang is a PhD student in the Combustion Group from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Cambridge. He read Chemical Engineering at Magdalene College, Cambridge and received an MEng and BA in 2010. His current research involves the study of multi-component flows in heterogenous catalysts and its application to reactions such as the Fischer-Tropsch process. Jin Yang joined CUEN in 2010 and has a strong interest in the potential production of sustainable and renewable fuel.
Hatice Tuncer, Content Team
Hatice is a postdoctoral researcher, working on organic photovoltaics at the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE), University of Cambridge. After graduating from the Polytechnic of North London with a BSc in Electronics and Communication Engineering, she worked in industry as an RF Design Engineer in Turkey, Finland and the UK. She took post-graduate courses on Digital Signal Processing at Tampere University of Technology and Electromagnetics at Helsinki University of Technology in Finland. She worked for Polytechnic PLC, ASELSAN Inc, Nokia Mobile Phones, Philips Paging and AT&T Laboratories-Cambridge. She gained her PhD on RF MEMS devices from the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge in 2008. Her current interests include wireless design, sensors, photovoltaics and renewable energy solutions, which led her to join CUEN.
Claire Weiller, Content Team
Claire is a PhD student at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. Claire's research interests lie in entry in emerging industries, energy policy, and innovation in energy services. In particular, her PhD focuses on the new business models that may arise from the R&D and commercialisation of electric vehicles. Her background in quantitative modeling of energy markets led to her current interest in business strategies for a sustainable transportation future.
Claire has been a member of St Catharine's College since 2010. She completed the MPhil in Technology Policy at the Cambridge Judge Business School and holds an MSc. in Energy Science & Technology from ETH Zurich and a BSc. in Environmental Sciences from McGill University.
Olivia Nicoletti, Publicity Manager
Olivia is a PhD student at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, carrying out research in plasmonics in metal nanoparticles via the use of electron microscopes. She graduated from the University of Milan with an MSc degree in Physics. Olivia joined CUEN in 2011 and aims to raise awareness in global energy and environmental issues by increasing the visibility of the work of CUEN within the University of Cambridge.
Michal Filus, Content Team/Webmaster
Michal is a 1st year PhD student at the Centre for Atmospheric Sciences group (CAS), 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.
Antonio D'Ammaro, Content Team
Antonio is a PhD student in the Engineering Department at Whittle Laboratory. His research is focused on uncertainties in film cooling for gas turbines, using a combination of experimental and analytical methods. He holds a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and an Master in Power and Propulsion from Politecnico di Bari. He holds a Master of Science from Cranfield University in Thermal Power. Antonio joined CUEN in 2012 and has a strong interest in raising the awareness on energy issues as well as on the production of fuels from algae.
Michal Chudy, Student Advisor
Michal holds a PhD degree in technical physics, Msc in nuclear physics and an additional Bc. degree from social sciences (European Studies and International Relations). His studies were made at Comenius University in Bratislava, Vienna University of Technology and University of Cambridge. During his scientific career, he was dealing with following research areas: superconductivity, materials for future fusion power plants, irradiation damage, environmental radioactivity, social aspects of nuclear industry. He was involved in projects with JINR Dubna and CERN - ALICE. Currently, he is a research associate at the University of Cambridge, Department of engineering. His research is dealing with development of high power superconducting wind turbine.
Kian Min Lim, Student Advisor
Kian Min is a research student with the CFD laboratory from the department of engineering. He holds a BEng (Hons.) in mechanical engineering from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and a MPhil in engineering with Fitzwilliam College before pursuing his current research on computational combustion. His research investigates the effects of inhomogeneous reactants on premixed flame, providing insights into the clean burning of gas turbines. He believes CUEN acts as a good platform for the discussion on the sustainability and economic viability of different energy resources.
Saquib Sultan, Student Advisor
Saquib is studying for a PhD in Chemical Engineering. His current research involves the utilisation of natural and synthetic calcium sorbents for the removal of carbon dioxide from flue gas streams, in order to produce a pure stream of CO2 for sequestration. He holds an MEng, also in Chemical Engineering, from Imperial College London, having graduated in 2008. Saquib joined CUEN at the end of 2008 in order to help raise awareness of possible energy problems and to foster dialogue in order to reach solutions.
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.