from left to right: Aizhan Abilgazina, Wei Peng, Aparajita Sengupta, Hui Yang, Xinyuan Huang
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. I am also an associate with the Belfer Center for Science and International affairs at the J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a fellow with the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy in the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Wei Peng'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.
Aizhan Abilgazina is a second-year graduate student at the Pennsylvania State University pursuing a concentration in Energy Studies. Prior to joining Penn State, Aizhan received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Relations at Nazarbayev University. Over the summer of 2019, Aizhan has gained substantial qualitative skills while interning for the Wilson Center and conducting research on Central Asia. She is also an alumna of the Central Asian Youth Network that connects young minds from the region to tackle a wide range of pressing issues, including environmental protection as well as the prospects for developing renewable energy sources
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 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
I am Aparajita Sengupta, a student in Masters of International Affairs with a concentration in International Public Policy. My area of research lies in policy analysis for environmental pollution, sustainable development as well as international relations. Currently , I am working on the adoption of Electric Vehicles and their affects in reducing air pollution and carbon emission, focussing on India and China. I enjoy talking about national politics, history and art in my free time.