Prof. Ah-Hyung Alissa Park
Park is the Lenfest Junior Professor in Applied Climate Science of Earth and Environmental Engineering & Chemical Engineering at Columbia University. She is also the Associate Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy. Under her leadership, a management team at Columbia University and AIChE work collegially to coordinate all the research, educational and outreach activities. The organizational chart of the RCN-SEES details how the RCN-SEES is structured.
Ms. Kristin Taylor
Ms. Kristin Taylor at the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy is the Program Manager (PM) of the RCN-SEES and she will be the focal point for organizing and administrating all the RCN-SEES activities. She received her BA in Political Science at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo and is currently pursuing a MS in Sustainability Management at Columbia. Before starting at the Lenfest Center, Kristin worked in finance administration for the Arts and Sciences at Columbia University.
Mr. Nicholas Lall
Mr. Nicholas Lall at the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy is the Assistant Program Manager of the RCN-SEES. He will assist Ms. Taylor on the various activities of RCN-SEEES. Nicholas Lall recently received his BA in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies from Columbia University. His areas of focus are education policy, sustainability in business and South Asian affairs. Prior to the Lenfest Center, Nick worked at the Eurasia Center as an event coordinator, bringing together small businesses interested in doing socially responsible work internationally. He also has worked at AMB Consult LLC, assisting a banker in securing funding for a French basketball arena, and as a reporter for Imprint TV.
Dr. Darlene Schuster
Darlene Schuster serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainability, an AIChE Technological Community, where she oversees the industry, membership and youth-focused entities formed to advance the science and state of sustainability and the creation of the AIChE Sustainability Index (sm), a benchmark for industry. She also staffs the new AIChE Center for Energy Initiatives, the Society for Biological Engineering, and the International Society for Water Solutions.
Ms. Michelle Nguyen
Ms. Michelle Nguyen serves as the project manager for the Engineers Forum on Sustainability and the Founder Societies Technologies for Carbon Management. She also handles projects related to AIChE’s Institute for Sustainability, Center for Energy Initiatives, and International Society for Water Solutions. She graduated with a BA in Communication and Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania and has worked at AIChE since graduation.
Ms. Erin Chan
Ms. Erin Chan is currently the Project Manager for AIChE’s Institute for Sustainability and Center for Energy Initiatives. She received her B.S. degree in Materials Science & Engineering and a M.Eng degree in Biomedical Engineering, both from Cornell University.
As shown in the organizational chart, the steering committee consists of faculty members from Natural Science, Engineering, and Social Science disciplines from multi-institutions as well as industrial members. The steering committee members virtually meet once a month to discuss the progress and future directions of the RCN-SEES.
- Although the initial steering committee members come predominantly from academia and research organizations, we will encourage the participation from the industrial members once the RCN-SEES is launched. We plan to rotate the steering committee members each year for the four-year project duration while maintaining the disciplinary composition of the steering committee. The steering committee will communicate through monthly teleconference and during these meetings subcommittee chairs will report their activities to the steering committee.
- The selection of the initial network participants are carried out based on the recommendations by the steering committee members (see the list of the potential participants in the section of Coordination plan). But with the open door policy of the proposed RCN-SEES and the public exposure via websites and webinars, we anticipate large flux of participating bodies. The appropriate degree of openness will be maintained by completely opening up the annual symposiums to the public while maintaining workshops and bi-monthly web-based seminars within the RCN-SEES groups. It is particularly important for the bi-monthly web-based seminars since we would like to have researchers to present their unpublished work without any reservation. In case of the student exchange program, we will encourage any students who have strong motivation and fundamentals for CCUS research to apply. It is not required that the applicants need to be from participating research groups.
- The network goals and its progress will be re-evaluated at the end of each annual symposium by conducting a specially designed survey distributed to all the symposium participants and these feedbacks will be analyzed and discussed in the following steering committee meetings. They will be then incorporated into the subsequent RCN-SEES activities.
The participating members of the proposed RCN-SEES include researchers in academia, national labs, young professionals, K-12 teachers, international partners and industrial members. The active participation of the five Engineering Founder Societies (i.e., AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers), AIME (American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers), ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)) allow this RCN-SEES network team to reach vast groups of potential participants with diverse backgrounds and skills.
With the belief that it is the responsibility of engineers and engineering professional societies to respond to this grand challenge of CCUS, these engineering societies have already launched “The Engineering Founder Societies Climate Change Grand Challenge Initiative.” It is rare for these traditional engineering societies to work together for the same goals so that their efforts are one of the integral parts of our RCN-SEES. The overall management of the RCN-SEES is carried out by the Earth Institute at Columbia University. The Earth Institute has successfully brought together the people and tools needed to address some of the world's most difficult problems from climate change and environmental degradation, poverty, disease and the sustainable use of resources. Thus, the existing organizational structures at the Earth Institute and the national engineering societies provide important supporting systems for the proposed RCN-SEES and ensure its success.