J-WAFS Graduate Student Fellows

2017-2018 J-WAFS Graduate Student Fellows

Sarah Fletcher

Sarah Fletcher, PhD candidate, 2017-2018 Meswani Fellow

Institute for Data, Systems, and Society
Affiliate, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

Sarah Fletcher is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society at MIT who is also affiliated with the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. Sarah’s research focuses on sustainable water resource system planning, with an emphasis on developing flexible water supply planning tools that can help policymakers meet societal needs for water in the face of an uncertain future. Sarah works across disciplines – systems engineering, hydrology, and public policy – to analyze complex sociotechnical problems and communicate solutions to stakeholders.

Omar Labban

Omar Labban, PhD candidate, 2017-2018 Meswani Fellow

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Omar Labban is a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He is interested in the intersection of thermal sciences with membrane technology and desalination, and recently collaborated with a team of international researchers to develop new hollow fiber nanofiltration modules that can operate under very low pressures for desalination pretreatment and scaling mitigation. Omar also worked on employing membrane technology in dehumidification and cooling as part of an MIT study focused on next-generation HVAC technologies. He is motivated by the ways membrane technology can lower the energy use and environmental footprint of current desalination technologies, and pave the way for more efficiently and sustainably produced desalinated water.

Zijay Tang

Tzu-Chieh Tang, PhD candidate, 2017-2018 J-WAFS Fellow

Department of Biological Engineering

Tzu-Chieh Tang (Zijay) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT, where he works as a research assistant in both the Synthetic Biology Group in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) and the Mediated Matter research group at the MIT Media Lab. Zijay is interested in biologically inspired engineering. His current research combines synthetic biology and materials design to build functional living materials that can sense, compute, memorize, and respond to environmental stimuli.