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

Peer Advisors

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Explore Energy's Peer Advisors support our advising, education, and outreach efforts on campus. They are a great resource to share their experiences and connect you to opportunities based on your interests.

  • Reach out to them individually to set up an appointment.
  • Meet them at our events including our Community Socials.
  • Catch them riding our Energy Tricycle around campus and tabling at student fairs, Energy Week, etc. 


Peer Advisors can also offer group advising sessions, present at student club meetings, etc. Fill out or Request Form if you are interested in these options.

Sky Chen

Sky Chen

Sky is a junior pursuing a B.S. in Earth Systems and a B.A. in Economics. He is passionate about blended finance and sustainable development, specifically with regard to clean energy, and he's most excited about the potential of long-duration energy storage and battery recycling. Joining Stanford Energy Club as a freshman and working on a student-project team with Stanford's Sustainable Finance Initiative helped him discover his passion for the energy space, so he now serves as the co-president of Stanford Energy Club and is super excited to keep growing the clean energy community on campus! In his spare time, Sky loves to listen to music from boy bands and play basketball.

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Lauren Illa

Lauren Illa

Lauren is a junior in the Materials Science and Engineering Department where she focuses on the physical and chemical properties of energy storage systems and semiconductor devices. Her research involves using computational methods to model common lithium-ion battery components. Lauren is a 2021 Shultz Fellow where she served at the California Energy Commission (CEC) in the Office of Chair Hochschild. She is interested in aiding students understand the myriad of ways they can get involved in energy at Stanford and she is invested in promoting equity and creating a supportive environment for students to discover their passions in energy. 

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Monica Tavassoli

Monica Tavassoli

Monica is a senior double majoring in Sociology and MS&E with a concentration in Finance and Decision. She is also part of the coterminal program in the new school of Sustainability and is passionate about the cross-intersection of business and sustainability. Monica is incredibly dedicated to service and has experience as the frosh service liaison for the Haas center. During winter quarter 2022, Monica studied abroad in Florence, and continues to cultivate her love for cultures around the globe. Monica is active around campus with the Stanford Student Alumni Council and loves to explore the outdoors in her free time. 

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Anna Goldman

Anna Goldman

Anna is an undeclared sophomore studying…something related to energy! She first became interested in energy engineering when she read an article about harnessing the geothermal energy in magma for a high school project, and her excitement about the field has only grown since then. She has enjoyed exploring energy through courses like Stanford Climate Ventures and spent the summer learning about the intersections between energy and business at a start-up that helps buildings understand how improved energy efficiency can lower operating cost. Outside of class, Anna can be found dragging her friends on spontaneous hikes to the Dish and drinking way too much coffee.

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