Alexis Fischer is a Ph.D. candidate in Biological Oceanography in the MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program. Her research focuses on harmful algal blooms (“red tides”) , and in particular how warming temperatures will affect the timing and intensity of blooms. She is interested in entrepreneurship and finding solutions to problems at the intersection of public health and water resource management.
Matthew Willner served as Co-President of the MIT Water Club during the 2015-2016 school year while he was completing his Master in City Planning degree. Currently, Matthew serves as a Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellow in the Independent State of Samoa, where he is working within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Samoa to support climate resiliency efforts on the island nation. Before attending MIT, Matthew was a congressional aide in the offices of U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources’ Democratic Staff, where he supported legislative work pertaining to foreign relations, energy, environment, transportation, and LGBTQ human rights. Matthew is passionate about bridging the divide between the enormous spatial and temporal scale of climate challenges and the political incentives of our democratic system.
MIT Water Night Co-Director 2015-2016
Neha is a graduate student in the Technology and Policy Program at MIT and currently pursuing research in the field of wastewater treatment in oil and gas industry. Prior joining MIT, she completed her master’s at University of California Berkeley in Chemical Engineering. Later she joined a California start-up developing membrane system for water purification. At MIT, she has been actively involved in organizing panels and lecture series related to water research and energy. She is also founder of MIT start-up Samperk, which aims to provide clean drinking water in rural India.
MIT Water Innovation Prize Founder & Director 2014-2015
Liz likes to connect people and make things happen. She founded the MIT Water Innovation Prize, with the support of the MIT Water Club, in her first year as an MBA student at MIT. In addition to her love for the MIT Water Club, Liz is an active member in MIT's energy and water entrepreneurship world, for both current students and alumni. She has served as Sector Practice Leader for energy and water with the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, and was a TA for the popular course, Energy Ventures. Prior to her graduate degree, Liz lived in China for five years, adventuring and working at the engineering consultancy Parsons Brinckerhoff. She has experience in startup enablement, program management, corporate sustainability, and green buildings in China. Liz holds a Bachelors in Science from Northwestern University in Environmental Engineering, International Studies, and Engineering Design.