Payne Institute welcomes 2018 summer interns


The Payne Institute is pleased to welcome five Colorado School of Mines student interns for the summer of 2018.

“We’re delighted an honored to have these talented students conducting analysis on core issues of public policy,” said Morgan Bazilian, executive director of the Payne Institute.

Hang Deng
Hang Deng is a PhD candidate studying geology. He is further developing an online database of geographic locations and related information of issues where energy infrastructures are damaged by attacks in an effort to understand the causes, influences, and mitigation of energy infrastructure attacks.

Mohamed Mohamed
Mohamed Mohamed is an undergraduate student studying chemical and biological engineering. He grew up in the northwestern region of Kenya in the Kakuma Refugee Camp, established by the United Nations Refugee Agency. He is researching how the energy/water/food nexus impacts refugee communities. He is also updating the FEW matrix and looking at ways of improving the math utilized to build the index.


Ensieh Shojaeddini
Ensieh Shojaeddini is a PhD candidate studying mineral and energy economics. As a summer intern for the Payne Institute, Shojaeddini’s research focuses on oil and gas majors and their investments in renewable energy and decarbonization.


Erika Stromerson
Erika Stromerson is a senior undergraduate student studying civil engineering. She is writing a review paper on the effects of processing coal for alternative resources to energy with Dr. Morgan Bazilian, Dr. Sridhar Seetharaman, and Dr. Ian Lange.


Jingqi Xu
Jingqi Xu is a PhD candidate studying geology. His summer internship work focuses on the global mineral foundation of the energy transition, particularly the raw material demand for the electric vehicle battery and stationary battery.


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