Gerardo is an undergraduate student in the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research, pursuing a dual degree in Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering, and a minor in Fine Arts. He is currently working in the Shu Yang lab group in the MSE department at Penn to develop responsive shape-changing plastics for architectural skins that reduce energy consumption in buildings. As a fellow for the Penn Humanities Forum on Translation, he is researching how bodily movement and awareness in contemporary art have opened new paths for empathy and understanding. His research interests include issues of (im)materiality, production, and legacy of plastics and landscapes, and ways in which art practice proposes alternative modes of making and living in the Anthropocene. He is an undergraduate representative for the PPEH advisory board. Tweet Gerardo @gorilladecoder.
Tabeen Hossain (C'17) is double-majoring in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and Environmental Studies with a minor in International Development. She is the co-director of Penn Environmental Group, a RA, and a TA for Professor Pepino's lead poisoning class. She has interned for the EPA Office of Policy in DC and the DNC Host Committee, where she worked on sustainability. She will be sub-matriculating into the Masters of Environmental Studies program at Penn and is interested in sustainability, environmental policy, and the effect of climate change on developing countries.