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Explore Energy is an effort of the Precourt Institute for Energy, which is part of the Doerr School of Sustainability.

Our House Leaders

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Meet the Explore Energy '23-'24 House Leaders! 

They bring passion for energy and connection to the house and are super excited to create an extraordinary living experience and continue the work of last years RAs to build an amazing foundation for future years.

Nicole Ike

Nicole is a senior from Columbus, Ohio, studying Economics. Nicole enjoys learning about the energy sector through her economics coursework and energy events on campus. She is a team lead for Consult Your Community and is involved with Black organizations on campus. In her free time, you can find Nicole at a live music event on or off campus.

Matt Mettias

Matt is a senior from Aiea, Hawai’i, who loves to combine elements of neuroscience, philosophy, and various STEM topics into his Sustainability Science Co-Term studies at Stanford. Matt's leadership experiences include pro bono consulting with Bridging the Gap (BTG) and serving on multiple boards. Matt is passionate about fueling enlightening dialogues around sustainability + social justice on campus. Outside the classroom, he loves taking care of his Chihuahua puppy; playing pickup basketball; and listening to Jawaiian/1960s music.

Sarayu Pai

Sarayu is a coterminal Master’s student from Greensboro, North Carolina, studying Mechanical Engineering. Her passion for supporting the world’s transition to clean energy stems from interning at Tesla on the Solar Roof and Battery Engineering teams. After working on an educational farm in Hawai’i and participating in the Galápagos Sophomore College program, she began dreaming of working for NatGeo. Outside of school, Sarayu loves climbing, hiking, writing for The Stanford Daily, and playing instruments!

Varun Shirhatti

Varun is a junior from Bangalore, India and San Diego, CA studying Earth Systems. He’s interested in ecology and human-environment interactions, especially how nature-based approaches to sustainability can benefit both humans and local ecosystems. On campus, Varun is part of Students for a Sustainable Stanford and teaches Public Speaking. Outside of academics, he likes to play Magic: the Gathering, make music, and get outside for hikes.

Haley Stafford

Haley is a senior from Logan, Utah, studying Materials Science Engineering. She's passionate about developing energy storage and electrified transportation technology for a more climate-resilient future. Haley has worked at the National Resources Defense Council on building decarbonization policy and at Rivian Automotive on sustainable electric vehicle design.

Stephanie Unur

Stephanie is a senior from Roanoke, Virginia pursuing her co-term in Sustainability Science and Practice. She’s interested in clean energy, climate tech and sustainable infrastructure. She’s worked in in government, academia, and the non-profit sectors, and is spending this summer decarbonizing buildings at Buro Happold, an engineering and consulting services firm. She loves to hike in nature, FaceTime her family back in Mongolia, and work out, from lifting to hot yoga and pilates.