Emily Porter

Emily Porter

My name's Emily Porter. I'm from Idaho. I go to school at the University of California - Berkeley where I am a PhD Civil Systems candidate.

What got you interested in sustainability?

I’ve been loosely interested in sustainability since the beginning of undergrad because my school had a sustainability minor that several of my fellow engineers were involved in. However, it wasn’t until I started attending UC Berkeley that I started caring more personally. Now I am aware of my individual role in sustainability – and I want to spread this awareness to have a positive affect beyond my personal life. 

What sustainability, energy, and mobility issues are important to you?

I think the transportation and electricity networks are getting increasingly connected, and this poses some serious engineering challenges. If we want the grid to continue to operate reliably while also introducing more renewable sources and high loads due to electrified transportation, there are a lot of problems that will need to be solved.

What exciting projects/research are you working on now?

Currently I’m working on a project that involves retrofitting an older neighborhood to make it energy and water efficient. Part of the project involves sizing the solar and storage components and considering the increased power demand caused by electric vehicles. This overlap between the transportation world and the energy world is what I am most interested in!

What are your plans for the next five years?

I’m pursuing a PhD at UC Berkeley for the foreseeable future.

What made you want to apply to SISE?

I’ve been involved in transportation research for a few years and my interests recently expanded to energy – so this year’s SISE theme is perfectly suited to the work I am pursuing! Plus, I heard from a friend that it’s a great experience and nice way to meet people with similar interests.

What are you most looking forward to doing in the city?

I’m looking forward to seeing Chicago in the summertime – I’m hoping there are some outdoor activities to do, even if that just means enjoying a coffee while walking around the city. I also want to check out some of the city’s craft breweries and museums!

Do you like cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?

I like dogs more.