Emily Chen ’17 MPA '21, of Denville, New Jersey, graduated cum laude with a degree in civil and environmental engineering and a certificate in German Language and Culture. She was also inducted into the Sigma Xi honors society.
With an aim to address climate change, Chen sought to understand various perspectives during her undergraduate years—studying environmental engineering, volunteering as an environmental activist and interning at a regional governmental agency. As a Princeton Brazil Global Fellow, she spent summer 2016 researching the effect of air quality on respiratory and cardiovascular health at the University of São Paulo Medical School. During the previous summer, Chen interned at the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport, and Regional Planning, where she compiled regional data on renewable energy for the biannual report and assisted the director of the Energy Monitoring division. Chen led environmental initiatives on campus through Green Princeton. She was also a member of the Princeton University Orchestra and Triple 8 Dance Company.
In June 2018, Chen moved west for her first fellowship rotation at the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO. She returned to the East Coast to work at the Department of Energy, Office of Strategic Programs and then at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Her last rotation was at the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) Office of Global Climate Change. She is finishing the second year of her MPA at SPIA.