Introducing the Risk Center’s 2021-22 Undergraduate Fellows

A year-long student program on climate risk management, disaster resilience, and sustainability topics.

The Wharton Risk Center is pleased to welcome our second cohort of Undergraduate Fellows!  These 17 highly motivated undergraduate upperclassmen were selected from a competitive pool of applicants and come from a range of disciplines with the largest concentration majoring in economics, as well as those majoring or double majoring in political science, international studies, environmental studies, urban studies, biology, and mathematics.  All of our Undergraduate Fellows are passionate about climate and sustainability issues.

In the fall semester, our Undergraduate Fellows will attend a lunchtime seminar every other week. Undergraduate fellows are offered direct interaction with Risk Center experts and distinguished visitors through lectures and discussions in the bi-weekly seminar on a wide range of climate risk management, resilience, and sustainability challenges and emerging solutions.  In the spring semester, the Undergraduate Fellows will each produce a short-written product based on background research undertaken in the winter and spring.  Learn more about our Undergraduate Fellows below!

The goal of the Undergraduate Fellows Program is to complement students’ academic experiences at Penn by providing education, career development, and practical engagement on climate risk management, disaster resilience, and sustainability topics that are relevant to private and public sector stakeholders. Through the program, the Risk Center is seeking to build an interdisciplinary community of students interested in climate risk management.

2021-22 Undergraduate Fellows:

Ahad Badruddin is a junior in the Wharton School majoring in Economics, with concentrations in Statistics and Finance, and minoring in Data Science.  Ahad is interested in understanding the areas that are ripe for innovation to better mitigate climate change and the role the private sector can play in developing a more sustainable way of living.

Chloe Ching is a senior at the Wharton School majoring in Economics with concentrations in finance and business analytics and minoring in Psychology. Chloe is interested in learning more about risk reduction strategies, creating viable corporate environmental initiatives, and examining the psychology behind people’s climate-related decisions.

Shyama Dave is a senior in the Huntsman Program at the Wharton School and School of Arts & Sciences double majoring in Economics, with a concentration in Business Analytics, and International Studies, and minoring in Computer Science and Data Science.  Shyama is interested in equitable transition to renewable energy, resilient infrastructure, financing climate change solutions, developing global policies and researching the effects of climate change on national and economic security.

Pryce Davies is a senior in the School of Arts & Sciences majoring in Economics and minoring in Environmental Studies and Math and is a Benjamin Franklin Scholar.  Pryce is interested in using economic policies to mitigate environmental risks and in researching and mitigating long-term existential risks.

Miranda Gong is a senior in the Wharton School majoring in Economics, with concentrations in Finance and Legal Studies & Business Ethics, and minoring in Sustainability & Environmental Management.  Miranda is interested in the materiality of Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) factors, the relationship between firm performance and societal outcomes, environmental and social risk management, and learning about sustainable food systems.

Adam Goudjil is a junior in the School of Arts & Sciences majoring in Urban Studies and minoring in Urban Education Policy & Economic Development and is a Benjamin Franklin Scholar.  Adam is interested in urban resilience, perceptions of risk in marginalized communities, environmental justice, and the roles that multilateral development banks and foundations have in addressing global risks.

Sam Kaufmann is a senior in the School of Arts & Sciences majoring in Biology and is a Benjamin Franklin Scholar.  Sam is interested in geoengineering and other strategies for coping with a >2°C world, how capital markets reflect expectations of the future, and climate mapping.

Sharon Lee is a senior in the School of Arts & Sciences majoring in Political Science and minoring in Environmental Studies and Legal Studies & History.  Sharon is interested in creative solutions to facilitate international cooperation to address climate risks; the politicization of climate policies both at the national and international levels; the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors that influence the private sectors’ priorities; and the fostering of effective private and public sector partnerships to manage climate risks.

Vanessa Liew is a junior in the Wharton School majoring in Economics, with concentrations in Business Economics & Public Policy and Marketing & Operations Management.  Vanessa is interested in mobilizing capital for positive environmental impact, particularly the nascent ESG space and sustainable investing.

Yuzhou Lin is a senior in the School of Arts & Sciences majoring in Mathematics and is a University Scholar. He has sub-matriculated into the M.S.E in Data Science. Yuzhou is interested in the applications of modern computational and statistical methods in modeling the occurrences of various natural hazards, investigating associated risk factors, and evaluating policies for disaster mitigation.

Savannah Naib is a senior in the School of Arts & Sciences double majoring in Economics and Environmental Studies.  Savannah is interested in researching the threat to global food security that climate change poses as it exacerbates existing equity issues and disrupts food production.

Mai Nguyen is a junior in the School of Arts & Sciences majoring in Philosophy, Politics & Economics.  Mai is interested in climate risk management, sustainability, and resilience in emerging economies: how to enhance public-private partnerships to mitigate the effects of climate change on vulnerable communities.

Alexander Quinn is a junior in the School of Arts & Sciences majoring in Economics with a minor in American Public Policy and a language certificate in French. Alexander is interested in public policy, international development, and infrastructure finance, as well as sustainability and climate risk management as it pertains to the other three topics.

Shirali Shah is a junior in the Wharton School majoring in Economics, with a concentration in Business Economics & Public Policy, and minoring in Sustainability and Environmental Management.  Shirali is interested in equitable and sustainable public policy solutions to climate change and carbon emission reductions; policies addressing environmental racism & injustice; the disparities between developing and developed regions impacted by climate disasters; divestment and movement away from fossil fuels; and the impact of worsening extreme weather, primarily on vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Kelly Shen is a junior in the Wharton School and School of Arts & Sciences double majoring in Economics, with concentrations in Business Analytics and Business Economics & Public Policy, and International Studies and minoring in French.  Kelly is interested in sustainable resource development and conservation, the two-way relationship between agriculture and climate change, and the potential for public-private partnerships in climate risk management.

Will Socas is a senior in the Wharton School and School of Arts & Sciences double majoring in Economics, with concentrations in Finance and Business, Energy, Environment & Sustainability, and Environmental Studies.  Will is interested in how Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors can impact corporate and portfolio risk and the impact of climate risk on renewable energy projects.

Angela Sun is a junior in the School of Arts & Studies majoring in Economics.  Angela is interested in climate and economic modeling, market-based climate solutions, and ensuring a secure energy transition.