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Mission

The Shell Center for Sustainability's mission is to foster an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach, and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of communities' living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the overall quality of life.

Interns and Fellows

 

Each year, Shell Center for Sustainability interns and fellows are assigned to work with the Houston Sustainability Indicators (HSI) project.


 

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND? 
Rice University, Professional Master of Science, Environmental Analysis and Decision Making; Renmin University of China, Bachelor of Administration, Environmental Economics and Management.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO RICE?
The professional master program attracted me in the first place, since it combines theoretical knowledge and practical experience. The program provides opportunities for students to get in touch with industry and helps us build a connection with people working in different fields. Besides the program, students in this program also come from different backgrounds, which can always give innovation. Also, Rice is a well-known university with tremendous education resources. I believe I can get the best here.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO APPLY FOR THE HSI FELLOWSHIP?
Focusing on environmental studies for over four years, I am quite interested in sustainability, especially for Houston, a large city focusing on traditional oil and gas industry. Also, I am good at data analysis and interested in learning new things. By applying for this fellowship, I can strengthen and gain an advantage. I can apply my previous experience in this project. Meanwhile, I can learn more on ArcGIS and InstantAtlas, enhancing my analysis skills related to maps.

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO GAIN FROM YOUR SUMMER FELLOWSHIP?
Through the summer fellowship, I expect to be familiar with the concept of sustainability and how we can apply it to city development. A lot of people know that we need to be more sustainable, but they do not know what exactly sustainability is and how to make a sustainable life. Moreover, I hope to be familiar with the methodology to evaluate sustainability, and strengthen not only my data analysis skills but also my mapping analysis skills with ArdGIS.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE IN 5 YEARS?
I want to be prepared to be back in China and make the environment in China be developed in a more sustainable and healthier way. I will graduate next year, and I hope to find a job focusing on sustainable development and energy efficiency. Accumulating experience and advanced technology, I want to go back to China and apply what I learned and experienced here into the economic and environmental development in China. There are a lot of environmental problems in China right now. Although the government and scholars have already worked hard on them, there are still a lot of difficulties we are facing. I do hope my efforts can make people be aware of how important the sustainable development is and how it can benefit our economic development.

  DAINI
WANG
 Daini Wang
 
 
   
BACKGROUND & WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO RICE?
I am Stephanie Chuang from Taiwan, now a graduate student in the Professional Science Master Program at Rice University. After I finished my bachelors degree in Agriculture Chemistry at National Taiwan University, I decided to pursue my career in environmental management. Considering Houston is the “Energy Capital of the World”, I believe Rice could not only equip me with strong environmental skills, but also provide me the best chance to find a position where I could apply my skills to achieve the goal of sustainability in the Houston area.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO APPLY FOR THE HSI FELLOWSHIP & WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO GAIN FROM YOUR SUMMER FELLOWSHIP?
I am interested in sustainable management and the HSI fellowship provides me a great opportunity to learn more about the concept of urban sustainability. It allows me to develop the skills of data analysis and visualization regarding the sustainability report.  

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE IN 5 YEARS?
As five years are the initial years of my career, I plan to utilize them to learn as much as I can in environmental field. I hope I could be an environmental consultant specializing in sustainable management in five years with the ability to see problems in a higher and more comprehensive level.    

  STEPHANIE
CHUANG

Stephanie Chuang pic
 
 
   
 

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND & WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO RICE?
I completed my Master’s in Organic Chemistry from Purvanchal University, India in 2008. After graduation, I got a research job at the Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP) and enjoyed working on two projects. In the first project I developed chemical sorbents for CO2 absorption from the power plant flue gases, for urea production. During the second project, I developed chemical sorbents for CO2 absorption from biomass gasified streams, for the generation of producer gas. After getting married and moving to the US, I joined the Chemistry Department at Colorado School of Mines as a lab volunteer, where I provided support for the mass spectrometry lab under Dr. Kent J. Voorhees. For one year, I worked on the characterization of carbohydrate contents in algae extracts by using MALDI‐MS, to enhance the carbohydrate recovery. During all these research works, I was humbled to see that I was playing some role towards making our world green. That’s when I decided to steer my career by pursuing the Professional Science Master's Program in Environmental Analysis and Decision Making from Rice University.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO APPLY FOR THE HSI FELLOWSHIP AND WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO GAIN FROM IT?
The Houston Sustainability Indicators (HSI) fellowship aims to develop innovative solutions and has long-term potential for the sustainable usage of our fast growing world economy. It focuses on encouraging people to use their resources in a sustainable way in their own terms, rather than simply being forced to a rapid transition when all of the other options finally run out. In addition, I would like to learn more about the sustainable development plan where I can combine technical, economic, and political aspects to preserve the overall balance, respect the environment, and prevent the exhaustion of natural resources.

 WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE IN 5 YEARS?
After 5 years, I would still like to explore more about sustainable design and increase my skill level so that I can make big contributions towards making our world a better place to live. 

  PRIYA
SINGH
 Priya Singh pic 2
 
 
   

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