Alex Wright graduated in 2008, double majoring in Economics and Political Science. Alex both founded and directed ESI for a number of years. She is originally from San Diego, California. During the summer of 2007, she interned at Lux Capital, a NYC-based venture capital firm, focusing on their renewable energy investments. She spent her junior year in London, where she interned with a Member of Parliament and wrote a research paper on energy policy and its impacts on low-income and elderly citizens. During the summer of 2006, she participated in the ESI research project in Southern California, on energy production and policy. That same summer she interned at the non-profit Energy Independence International. During the spring of 2006, she participated in MIT's Ignite Clean Energy business competition and made it to the semi-finals with three other ESI students. Alex also participated in putting together MIT's Energy 2.0 Conference. During the summer of 2005, she interned at the Business Council for Sustainable Energy in Washington, DC. She was a member of the 2005 EPIIC colloquium: Oil & Water and participated in research entitled "Developing the Solar Economy: Political, Financial, and Infrastructure Framework Creation for Renewable Energy Systems in California, Germany, and Eastern Europe" (Summer 2005).
Jake Berliner is a founder and director emeritus of the Energy Security Initiative. Since graduating from Tufts, Jake has worked for Governor Bill Richardson's presidential campaign in New Hampshire, and is now working for the New Democratic Network. In his time at Tufts, Jake worked on a number of energy security policy research projects and programs, including: -The Tufts Initiative for Leadership in International Perspective: Asia's Rising Giants through which he conducted field research in China and India and gave a symposium presentation entitled "Fueling Giants: Energy and Environmental Security in the 21st Century." -EPIIC: Oil and Water, after which he worked with ESI co-founders Nick Chaset and Alex Wright on field research in California, Germany, and Eastern Europe on "Developing the Solar Economy: Political, Financial, and Infrastructure Framework Creation for Renewable Energy Systems."
Phil Martin graduated Cum Laude this May from Tufts University with a degree in Political Science. Immediately after graduation, Phil worked as a research intern in the retail gas and electric division of KEMA, the international energy consulting firm. In September 2006, Phil began working as a Research Analyst at Sentech, Inc, a consulting firm in the Washington, DC area that specializes in clean energy technologies. Phil has since returned to the Boston area, where he now works on market development for EnerNOC, a provider of clean and intelligent demand response and energy management solutions. Phil's film, "From the Fryer to the Freeway",about the use of waste vegetable oil as a fuel source won a College TV Award for documentary film from the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences (the Emmys) this year, and has been shown at the Boston offices of the EPA as well as on MTV's college channel, MTVU. Phil and three other ESI members made it to the semi-finals in MIT's Ignite Clean Energy business competition this year, which is open to both students and professionals. As a senior, Phil participated in Professor Bill Moomaw's graduate-level class "Clean Energy Technologies and Policy Issues" at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where Phil, along with a graduate student in the Urban and Environmental studies program and two chemical engineers completed a project on vehicular greenhouse gas emissions and policies and technologies that could be implemented to reduce such hazards.
Will Roscoe graduated from Tufts in 2006 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is currently employed by W.M. Lyles Corp., which is building the first Ethanol plant in CA works with natural gas pipeline installation. He was a member of both the Tufts ESI and the MIT Energy Club. He was involved in the Energy 2.0 Conference and MIT Discussion Groups, and was a Semi-Finalist in the MTTC Clean Energy Business Competition, in which he worked with 2 MIT students on commercializing a solar concentrating technology.
Tait Nielsen graduated in 2006 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He works as a field engineer at Schlumberger and has trained in Amreya, Egypt for three months, where was promoted to Field Engineer in the spring. Since then he has been logging wells all over California and into Nevada. He is learning a lot about the oil industry, mostly from the reservoir analysis perspective. While at Tufts, he volunteered at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative's Conference on Clean Energy, and joined the MIT Energy Club. He worked for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge's Ignite Clean Energy Business Presentation Competition, helping with the website, putting together events, and working with scientists, tech transfer specialists, venture capitalists, and lawyers.
Bryan C. Russett graduated in 2007 as an Electrical Engineering student minoring in Entrepreneurial Leadership. Currently, Since leaving Tufts, Bryan has co-founded Mosh Media Group, where he now works. He is from Amherst, Massachusetts. He participated in MIT's Ignite Clean Energy business competition and made it to the semi-finals with three other ESI students. He also worked with the planning team for the AltWheels 2006 festival which took place in September in Boston's City Hall Plaza. In the summer of 2006, Bryan participated in the ESI's research project researching energy policy and green buildings in Southern California. Later in 2006, Bryan attended the ACORE National Policy Conference.
Nicolas Chaset graduated in 2005, and is one of the co-founders and original directors of ESI. He participated in the first research trip to Germany along with Alex and Jake. Currently, Nicholas is a Regulatory Analyst for the California Solar Initiative on the California Public Utilities Commission.
Jared Rodriguez graduated in 2008, majoring in Civil Engineering and Architectural Studies. During his time in ESI, Jared served as the Field Trip Coordinator. Jared was also a member of the Tufts Green Roof Initiative, with which he presented original research to the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. at the 2006 P3-Sustainable Design Expo on the National Mall (May 2006). Jared was the Tufts Student Representative to Boston's Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Symposium (October 2005). He was the principle designer of Stony Point Bay Community Boathouse on the Hudson River, which will contain green design components. Jared is now involved in providing a dairy farm in Vermont with electric-generating capabilities through the production of methane from cow waste by use of a biogas reactor. In May 2007, Jared traveled to the Netherlands and Belgium to study the efficacy of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme, along with industry response to the emissions reduction program.
Jesse Gossett graduated in 2008, majoring in Environmental Studies and History. Jesse was a Co-Director of ESI in his senior year. He also was the driving force behind an ESI trip to the UAE in January of 2007. Previously he had been very involved in ESI including working as a member of the ESI Ignite Clean Energy Competition through MIT that went to the semi-finals with their bio-diesel business plan.
Daniel Brasil Becker graduated from Tufts in 2008, majoring in International Relations and Peace & Justice Studies. He was a member of Tufts Energy Security Initiative and the EPIIC Colloquium on Oil and Water. In the summer of 2005, Daniel conducted independent research in Brazil through the Institute for Global Leadership on the sustainable development of energy derived from sugar cane.
Jayson Uppal graduated in 2008 from Tufts, majoring in Civil Engineering. During his time in ESI, he served as the Director of Technology. He was a member of the Tufts Green Roof Initiative, with which he presented original research to the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. at the 2006 P3-Sustainable Design Expo on the National Mall (May 2006). In the summer of 2006, Jayson performed research on sustainable building materials at The Energy and Resource Institute in Delhi, India. Jayson is one of the founding members of Emergent Energy Group, a wind development and consulting company. In 2006, Jayson traveled to Southern California with other ESI members to research energy policy and green buildings in . He also participated in the 2007 ESI trip to Belgium to study the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme.