News & Events

ERG PhD awarded as Ashoka Fellow

fermin in action

Potable water for every­one is Fer­min Rey­gadas’ goal, par­tic­u­larly in rural Mex­ico. This not only takes the imple­men­ta­tion of appro­pri­ate tech­nolo­gies but inno­va­tions in eco­nomic mod­el­ing and the democ­ra­ti­za­tion of water. Fer­min tack­les all three as Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Can­taro Azul.

Ear­lier this year, Fer­min was awarded as an Ashoka Fel­low. Accord­ing to the Ashoka website:

Ashoka Fel­lows are lead­ing social entre­pre­neurs who we rec­og­nize to have inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to social prob­lems and the poten­tial to change pat­terns across soci­ety. They demon­strate unri­valed com­mit­ment to bold new ideas and prove that com­pas­sion, cre­ativ­ity, and col­lab­o­ra­tion are tremen­dous forces for change. Ashoka Fel­lows work in over 70 coun­tries around the globe in every area of human need.

Nom­i­nees go through a long and rig­or­ous selec­tion process and a final exec­u­tive vote. This year a total of 18 Fel­lows have been selected from a global com­pe­ti­tion. It is one of the most pres­ti­gious inter­na­tional awards that a sit­ting ERG grad­u­ate stu­dent has received. There has been no Ashoka Fel­low among ERG grad­u­ate stu­dents in the last 25 years–the dura­tion of this award.

Fer­min will give a talk at the ERG Col­lo­quium Series on Wednes­day, April 23, 2014. For more infor­ma­tion on this event, please click here.


Six ERG students awarded NSF, plus Fulbright & Ashoka

ERG stu­dents have recently been awarded NSF, Ful­bright and Ashoka Fel­low­ships. See the full list of fel­low­ships awarded to cur­rent students.

Microgrid Report by ERG scholars in Nature
microgrids report by Daniel Schnitzer

Schol­ars from ERG and Carnegie Mel­lon report on the “vicious cycles” of rural microgrids.

Holdren Sets New Course for US Energy
Holdren by National Academy of Sciences

Pres­i­dent Obama’s top sci­ence advi­sor and ERG Co-founder, John Hol­dren, is con­fi­dent that America’s next energy plan “will make a difference.”

Brandt (PhD’08) publishes in Science on Methane Leaks
fracking 2

“Peo­ple who go out and actu­ally mea­sure methane pretty con­sis­tently find more emis­sions than we expect,” claims Adam Brandt, ERG Alum and assis­tant pro­fes­sor at Stanford.

ERG Alum Greacen’s book on small power

From the bot­tom up : how small power pro­duc­ers and mini-grids can deliver elec­tri­fi­ca­tion and renew­able energy in Africa

Upcoming Events

ERG Colloquium: Zoe Chafe
April 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
110 Barrows Hall

Zoe Chafe is a PhD Can­di­date of the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley.

ERG Master’s Presentations (1)
May 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
110 Barrows Hall

Annual pre­sen­ta­tion of ERG Master’s projects.

ERG Master’s Presentations (2)
May 8 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
122 Barrows Hall

Annual pre­sen­ta­tion of ERG Master’s projects.

ERG Commencement 2014
May 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Alumni House

Speaker: Astrid Schultz (PhD’01), Pres­i­dent of Ecotrust.