Frances Bell is a MS/PhD student in Electrical Engineering in the Department of Engineering. She studies power systems as it relatesto the changing demand in electrical grid technology. Before entering graduate school, Frances worked as an electrical engineer designing the power systems for equipment in a nuclear waste treatment facility in Hanford, WA. She helped to start a non-profit, Future Scientist that brings science education and sustainable technologies to developing communities. She holds a BS in Engineering Science from Smith College.

Ferrante Benvenuti is a second-year master’s student at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he studies international business and energy policy. Prior to graduate school, Ferrante worked in the field of social entrepreneurship in Italy and in Argentina.In the summer of 2011, he worked for ALPIQ, a Swiss-based energy company, on renewable energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. At Fletcher, Ferrante founded the Social Business Club and is an active member of the Fletcher Energy Consortium. Ferrante was born and raised in Milan Italy and he holds BA in History at University College London.

Patrick Gilmartin is a first-year master’s student at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, with concentrations in Development Economics and Environmental/Energy Policy. Prior to Fletcher, he spent one year in Germany on a fellowship researching the geopolitics of energy in Europe. He also worked for several years in energy consulting at ICF International, focusing on wholesale power markets in North America. Patrick holds a BA in Economics and International Studies from Macalester College.

Ariel Horowitz is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. As a member of the Green Energy and Nanostructured Electronics Lab, her research is in sustainable design of electrochemical energy storage devices. Ariel first started researching clean energy generation and storage as an undergraduate at Swarthmore College where she earned a BS in Engineering.


David Murphy is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy candidate at The Fletcher School. Prior to graduate school, David worked primarily on peace building and conflict transformation on issues related to the Armenian-Azeri war of the 1990s as a PeaceCorps volunteer. While in Armenia, David became interested in energy issues and at Fletcher is working to apply his experience in economics towards energy.  He expects to write his thesis on the economics of expanding renewable energy in developing countries.  This summer, he has received an internship to work on a rural electrification project with the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Tanzania. He holds a BA in economics and international relations from SUNY Geneseo.

Kelsey Sanborn is a sophomore, studying Geology and Environmental Studies. She is the Financial Officer of the student-ledsustainable development group BUILD: India, and a volunteer maintenance scuba diver at the Georgia Aquarium. Kelsey grew up in The Netherlands and Atlanta, and took a gap year volunteering in India and Costa Rica before coming to Tufts. Kelsey serves as an organizer on both the Content and Finance teams.




Lesley Pories is pursuing her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy concurrently with a Masters in City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her specific interests lie in investigating opportunities for water resource management in Central Asia. Lesley has served as a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan, a Deshpande Foundation Sandbox Fellow in India and worked at the Carter Center International Observer for the 2010 Presidential Election in Guinea. Her experiences witnessing the impacts of energy scarcity in developing countries has motivated her to better understand how to improve access and the efficient use of water and other energy sources. Lesley holds a BA in International Studies and English from Emory University.

Halley Chambers is a first year master’s student at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, concentrating on governance and corruption issues surrounding natural resource wealth. Prior to Fletcher, Halley worked at Demos, a public policy organization located in New York, and as a healthcare and education analyst at Credit Suisse, an investment bank. She holds a BA in History and  economics from Wesleyan University, where she did extensive research on the relationship between economic development and oil wealth.

Prateek Prasad is a first year, Master of International Business candidate at The Fletcher School where he studies International Energy Policy and International Finance and Banking. Prateek previously worked as an IT Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers India providing services to small and medium sized manufacturing industries. He also lived in the Indian Himalayan Mountains, working on agriculture and natural resource management. Born and raised in India, Prateek holds a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the Institute of Technology (IIT) at Guwahati, India.

Beth Treseder is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy candidate at The Fletcher School. She is concentrating on international energy policy and international business relations with a focus on corporate sustainability. In addition to participating in TEC, she is a Co-Chair of the Fletcher Energy Consortium, on the Executive Board of the Collegiate Energy Association, and VP of Alumni for Net Impact. Prior to Fletcher, she worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, where she focused on antitrust enforcement within the energy sector and legal policy. She holds a BA from Duke University.




Bonnie Bronenberg is a second year undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering. She plans on concentrating in renewable energy technologies with a minor in Engineering Management. Bonnie recently interned with Customized Energy Solutions, a consulting firm located in Philadelphia, conducting research on advanced solar applications. In high school, she served as president of her local Technology Student Association chapter, receiving recognition at the national conference for efforts made in the Environmental Challenge event.

Paolo Cozzi is pursuing a Master’s in Law and Diplomacy at The Fletcher School focusing his studies on energy and international environmental policy. He is particularly interested in renewable energy deployment and international cooperation. In the summer of 2011, Paolo interned at the Department of Energy in the Office for the Chief Financial Office. He is on the leadership team for the Fletcher Energy Consortium, Co-Chair of the environmental club Fletcher GREEN and is managed the 2012 TEC blog. Paolo has served as an English teacher abroad and as a political organizer, first with the Obama campaign and later with the Alliance for Climate Protection, organizing businesses and local elected officials in support of a comprehensive federal clean energy policy. He holds a BA in International Studies and Italian from Vassar College.

Emily Lewis is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry. Her research is focused on fundamental studies of catalysts for synthetic fuel applications. Her interest in environmental issues began during her master’s research at Northeastern University where she worked on examining fuel cell catalysts. While at Northeastern, she served as president of the Students for Environmental Action and an organizer for the Boston GreenFest 2009. She is currently the social chair of the Younger Chemists Committee for the Northeast.

Ashley Parker is finishing her Master of International Business at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, specializing in International Finance and Energy. She worked at the Christian Science Monitor in Boston for seven years, spent last summer as a Global Finance intern at Chicago Bridge & Iron in their Steel Plate Structures division, and holds a BA from Kenyon College.




Chantal Davis is a sophomore, completing a double major in International Relations and Environmental Studies. Originally from Berlin, Germany, she attended high school in Oakland, California, where she volunteered for a local environmental group and interned with an elementary school garden teacher. She is an active member of the Tufts Sustainability Collective and a student leader of its Sustainability Action Squad. Chantal is also a member of the Tufts Ballroom Team, Chamber Singers and Concert Choir.

Kathryn DiBattista is in her fifth year at Tufts. She started in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts earning a Bachelors of Fine Arts. In her fourth year, she decided to devote herself to accomplishing real change in the world and has been working on her second degree in Environmental Studies. She is both an avid biker and vegetarian.

Katie Ferrari is a first year master’s student at The Fletcher School with a focus on international communication and human security.Prior to Tufts, she worked in marketing and communications at Root Capital, an international nonprofit that uses social finance to build sustainable livelihoods and transform rural communities in poor, environmentally vulnerable places. Katie holds a BA in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard College.


Jacob Passy is a junior, majoring in International Relations with a concentration in international security. He previously worked as a marketing/advertising intern at Hofstetter & Partners/Agency 212 and the Ensemble Studio Theater and as a development intern at World Faith. Jacob currently works as a program assistant for the Tufts European Center. He is a member of Pen, Paint and Pretzels, Torn Ticket II, Bare Bodkin and the Tufts LGBT community-Team Q.




Jasmine Boyu Ai is a freshman with potential majors in International Relations and Quantitative Economics. Jasmine developed her interest in energy during the Harvard China Model United Nations 2010. She is interested in the impact and the redistribution of power new energy can have on the world economy. She is a member of Tufts Financial Group and interned at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in Harbin in 2011. Jasmine was born and raised in Harbin, China.

Nick Harmon is a sophomore, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Spanish. He is an active member of the Tufts University Football Club and Tufts Mountain Club, and was a Support Staff member for Tufts Wilderness Orientation 2011. He has led an Eagle Scout service project, organized Spanish curriculum for Southern Maine Community College, and worked in maintenance at an environmentally conscious summer camp.


Julie Paul is a second year graduate student at Tufts University’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering researching microbial derived biofuel and the role of bacteria in the human GI tract. She has completed thorough research of enzymatic digestion of biomass, including everything from bench work through to a market analysis. She has a passion for sustainability and improving awareness of climate change across all ranges of socioeconomic status. Julie holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Justin Reingold is a freshman, exploring his interests in International Relations, Environmental Studies, Political Science, and Economics. Justin is an active member in Tufts Democrats and Obama for America. He is interested in environmental policy and has conducted and participated in several projects with a focus on climate change. He is an avid cross-country runner. Justin was born in Chicago and raised in the D.C. area.


Shuo Sun is a second year graduate student at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and conducting his research in the Biomedical Engineering Department. His research interests lie in developing new synthetic materials for the delivery of therapeutic biomacromolecules. He also looks at renewable energy, environmental policy, and energy-related business issues. Born and raised in China, Shuo holds a BE in polymer science and engineering from Sichuan University, China.




Ketan Kumar is a sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering. He is a STOMP Fellow at the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach and works at the Tufts Nanocatalysis and Energy Lab. He is also an active member of the Tufts Ballroom Dance Team. Ketan is from New Delhi, India.