Lecturer and former MIT Hugh Hampton Young fellow Amy Banzaert joined Wellesley in the Spring of 2013 as the College’s first engineering faculty member; she is also a member of the 2013 Madeleine K. Albright Institute for Global Affairs Wintersession faculty. Along with Wellesley Professor of Physics Robert Berg and Associate Professor of Computer Science Franklyn Turbak—she will present to the Albright Fellows a session called “Building a Better World: Leadership, the Liberal Arts, and Engineering.”
She has been engaged in building a better world herself through her doctoral research and subsequent work. Her doctoral research determined the viability of waste-based cooking fuels intended for use in developing countries, considering combustion emissions and field feasibility. Her work demonstrated that carbonized fuels made from agricultural waste have promise from emissions and socioeconomic standpoints and that certain household and industrial waste fuels have hazardous emissions. Read the article at Wellesley News.