I am a Chemical Engineering Ph.D candidate at MIT expecting to graduate on October 10th, 2013. I possess a wide breadth of technical and leadership experience developed in both academic and industrial settings. For my Master’s Degree, I completed four months of consulting work in industry through MIT’s Practice School.  During this program, I led teams of engineers in solving important industry problems onsite at both General Mills and a sugar refinery in India.

My research focus is on the development of an electrochemical carbon capture technology, which could significantly reduce the cost of retrofitting existing plants with carbon capture systems. This work has been published in the leading environmental science journal, Energy and Environmental Science. Both the MIT Technology Review and the MIT News Office have published stories on his research that were widely syndicated by organizations such as the Carbon Capture Journal and the front page of Reddit. I was awarded 2nd place at the 2013 Graduate Research Symposium by IE&C division of ACS, received an AIChE Separations Division Graduate Research Award, and won the Edward J. Vivian Practice School award from MIT. I received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2008 from Lehigh University, where I also rowed winning a bronze medal at the Head of the Charles Regatta in 2006.

A description of my thesis work can be found under the Research Experience tab. Our work has also made appearances in several other news journals including C&EN, the ACS news publication (July 8th, 2013, page 27). I work closely with the MIT Energy Initiative, specifically the Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technologies Program.

Throughout my Ph.D work, I have seized opportunities to improve and develop my analytic and experimental skills. While designing and installing experimental setups, I have become adept at process automation and data acquisition systems. To complement my experimental work, I pursued rigorous coursework in applied mathematics for my minor. This foundation, comprised of advanced analytic methods and applied statistics, allows me to draw more precise conclusions from my data and develop more effective models.

In addition to my technical endeavors, I have also pursued leadership roles in both my lab group and the department acting as the lab manager and an EHS representative.  As an EHS representative, I have spearheaded an attempt to implement a system of constant improvement in MIT’s EHS system.

My wide array of experiences in electrochemistry, computational chemistry, numerical simulations of dynamic models, automation and data acquisition, process design, and my minor in applied mathematics allows me to help solve problems and develop innovative solutions.

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested about learning more about my work.

Mike Stern
Ph.D Candidate, Hatton Lab
Department of Chemical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Education: Here you will find details on my Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University and my Masters and Doctoral work at MIT.  For self-reported transcripts please see the Documents tab!

Find the Skills that I possess. From electrochemistry to statistics, and process automation to CNC machining.

Work Experience: Here you will find descriptions of my prior consulting positions at General Mills in Minneapolis and at Mawana Sugar Works in Mawana, India.

Research Experience: Here you will find a detailed description of my Ph.D work and short descriptions of my undergraduate research experiences.

Leadership Experience: From managing a 25 person lab, changing how safety works in a 300 person department, to being a mentor in the Big Brother program, taking responsibility is where I am at my best.

Publications: Here you will find the publications, presentations, and the patent that I have generated during my time at MIT.

InterestsIf I’m not in the lab, you might find me running along the Charles River or on a windy day trying to windsurf across it; click here to see what balance means to me.

Documents: Resume, Transcripts, and more!