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Landon S

- Research Program Mentor

MBA/PhD candidate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Energy, applications of renewable energy in industry, process design


I am very interested in the energy future of the world and the decarbonization of our energy production. My thesis focuses on decarbonization of chemical production by means of chemical manufacturing processes powered by renewable electricity. Prior to pursuing my PhD/MBA degree, I worked as an engineering consultant doing traditional process engineering work as well as environmental engineering work. When I am not doing research and classes, I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with friends and family. I game a bit on my Switch and PS5, and I recently started playing piano and guitar again. I lived in Korea for two years and speak Korean fluently.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Renewable Energy Diversification

Renewable energy will soon become a large source of power production in the world. However, implementation of certain technologies does not make sense in different parts of the world (i.e. hydroelectric power in the Sahara). This project would involve researching the advantages and disadvantages of renewable energy implementation in different parts of the world or your country of origin.

Economic Carbon Capture

Various carbon capture technologies are beginning to emerge as a way to continue using fossil fuels while capturing the carbon dioxide they produce in combustion. However, there are very few implementations of these technologies in industry. This project involve researching different types of carbon capture technologies and the economic barriers to implementing them. You then could suggest ways to overcome those barriers from an economic or government policy perspective.

Battery Storage

Batteries are proving to be a great way to store large amounts of energy from intermittent renewable sources. This project could involve researching current battery technologies and showing how much battery storage a city (or state/province) would need to run 100% off of renewable sources.

Coding skills

Python, Matlab

Languages I know

Korean, advanced

Teaching experience

I was a teaching assistant for three years at my undergraduate institution. I taught students in freshman biology, chemical engineering EHS, and chemical reactor engineering.


Work experience

Barr Engineering (2018 - 2021)
Chemical Engineer


Brigham Young University
BS Bachelor of Science (2018)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MBA/PhD Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Chemical Engineering Practice

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