Yinhao (Tony) Ge


My name is Yinhao (Tony) Ge. I am from Shanghai, China. I go to the University of Virginia where I am a B.S. Chemical Engineering candidate.

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

I am most interested in the development and adoption of renewable energy, and how they contribute to the world’s effort for a more sustainable future. More specifically, I am passionate about the adoption and exploitation of solar energy, which is the sole input of energy for the entire Earth. In addition, the gradual shift from fossil fuel-based economy to one that is based on renewable energy will certainly impact communities around the world economically. It will change the way people live their lives in a drastic way! I am looking forward to exploring issues in that realm as well.

What exciting projects/research are you working on now?

As an intern at the National Academy of Engineering, I am currently writing a white paper on the progress on the Grand Challenge “Make Solar Energy Economical”. Previously, I have also done research in water purification and adsorption techniques at the University of Virginia.

What are your plans for the next five years?

I am open to opportunities. Yet, I would like to keep working on sustainability-related issues such as solar energy, and perhaps combine it with my interest in public policy.

What made you want to apply to SISE?

I applied to SISE because I would like to challenge myself to explore other areas of sustainability, such as infrastructure, community development and etc. Furthermore, I would love to learn from people from diverse backgrounds, such as industry professionals, business professionals, and academicians.

What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?

I am most looking forward to seeing the Cloud Gate, exploring the city and visiting the University of Chicago campus.

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

I have neither a strong feeling against nor for cats. I just dislike the fact they shed a lot and the fur they lose adheres to all kinds of surfaces, including most of your clothes - usually, it’s hard to get it off.