Alice Wu is a Senior Associate in Science Policy working on climate and metascience policy. She comes from an academic research background in solar cells and nanotechnology. She has also led and collaborated on design projects in Morocco, Colombia, Kenya, and India to tackle local challenges in water, energy, food, and the environment. Alice received her S.M. in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.
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