Clockwise from top right:  Xinyuan Huang, Wei Peng, Adam VanGorder, Hui Yang, Wei-Ting Yang, Anjali Sharma, September 2020

Current Members

Wei Peng

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Wei Peng is an assistant professor at the Penn State University, with a joint appointment between the School of International Affairs and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is also the associate director for the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy in the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Wei's research aims to inform energy policy in both emerging markets and advanced economies to align their decarbonization efforts with local environmental and socioeconomic concerns, such as air pollution, public health, water conservation, and economic development.

 Anjali Sharma

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Anjali Sharma is Wellcome Post-Doctoral Fellow for 2020-2022. Her work seeks to inform energy policy for low-carbon transitions that takes into account the social, economic, and technological circumstances of countries. She is currently working on a project exploring the environmental and employment impacts of EV development in China and India. She recently completed her PhD on the ‘Labor Impacts of Clean Energy Transitions in the Power Sector in India’ from University of Maryland-College Park.

             Hui Yang

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Hui Yang joined the group and the Environmental Engineering program at Penn State in the beautiful fall of 2019. Prior to this, she received a BS in Civil Engineering from University of Macau and a MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon, where she focused on air quality engineering. Hui is interested in addressing various environmental and social issues, especially those related to air quality, climate and health. When not working on research or courses, she could be found sleeping at home, on the way looking for good food, or exploring the world.

     Xinyuan Huang

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Xinyuan Huang is a PhD student in Environmental Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. Xinyuan’s research focuses on evaluating air pollution, climate impacts, and environmental policies with uncertainties using integrated assessment models. Xinyuan has a broad interest in statistics, economics, and natural sciences. Prior to joining Penn State, Xinyuan worked as a data scientist at S.F. Express, the largest logistics company in China. Xinyuan likes classical music, road trips, and some card games.

Adam VanGorder


Adam VanGorder is a second-year Masters of International Affairs candidate with concentrations in International Energy Development. He is also pursuing a graduate certificate in Sustainability Management and Policy from the Energy and Mineral Engineering department. His research focuses on policy analysis for environmental pollution, sustainable development, and international relations.  Currently, he is working on the adoption of subnational environmental policies, the adoption of negative emissions technologies, and the resultant effects in reducing air pollution and carbon emissions. He enjoys singing, running, and hiking in his free time.

Carla Campos

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Carla Campos holds a Master’s in International Affairs with a concentration in Data Analytics and Energy Policy at the Pennsylvania State University. She has a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics from Eberly College of Science. Prior to this, she received a BS in Agricultural Engineering at National Agrarian University. She worked as Research Analyst Intern at LixCap developing econometric models for international development projects. Currently, she is working as a Research Assistant to study the health effects of decarbonization. Carla is interested in applying statistical, optimization, and computational methods to assess impacts related to climate change. In her free time, she loves singing, traveling, and watching movies.

Pengfei Wang

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Pengfei Wang joined the team as a postdoctoral scholar in Jan 2022. His research
focus on air pollution modeling and health impact assessment considering the interactions with climate policy and social equity. He holds a Ph.D. on the "Understanding Air Pollutants and Meteorology Interactions Using Chemical Transport Models" from Louisiana State
University. He enjoys cooking and traveling.

Group Alumni

Wei-Ting Yang

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Master of International Affairs
Class of 2020

Aizhan Abilgazina

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Master of International Affairs
Class of 2020

Aparajita Sengupta

Master of International Affairs
Class of 2020

Team in October 2019.
From left to right: Aizhan Abilgazina, Wei Peng, Aparajita Sengupta, Hui Yang, Xinyuan Huang