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

Current Members

Wei Peng

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

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

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

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.

Wei-Ting Yang

Wei-Ting recently graduated with his Master's in International Affairs in 202 from Penn State University. He is currently working towards a graduate certificate in applied statistics. He works as a research associate and independent consulting at Economic Research Southern Africa and also for Dr. Peng's team. He loves to play badminton in his free time.

Adam VanGorder

Adam VanGorder is a first-year Masters of International Affairs candidate with concentrations in International Sustainable Energy Policy and Data Analytics. His research focuses on policy analysis for environmental pollution, sustainable development, and international relations.  Currently, he is working on the adoption of cataloging domestic environmental policies, the adoption of negative emissions technologies, and their effects in reducing air pollution and carbon emission. He enjoys singing, running, and hiking in his free time.

Group Alumni

Aizhan Abilgazina

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