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Leadership

The Grant Committee 

Ben Chase

Ben Chase

Ben is a freshman who is studying environmental science with a Spanish minor. As a ASG Sustainability member and an ASG Senator, he fights to make Northwestern a model of sustainability for others to follow. In his free time, Ben likes soccer, drums, and snowboarding. Ben hopes to help make a noticeable difference in sustainability in his four years at Northwestern.

Quentin Sherman

Quentin Sherman

Quentin is a fifth year PhD candidate in the Materials Science and Engineering Department. As a member of the Northwestern Energy and Sustainability Consortium and Northwestern Energy and Technology Group, he helps coordinate student events and seminars focused on energy and sustainability education. Additionally, as an ISEN Cluster Fellow, he is continuing his own clean energy education both as a student and TA. Quentin does corrosion modeling for his PhD and is interested in working in the clean energy industry after gradation. He likes to spend his free time running, listening to podcasts, and reading the news.

Adam Farsheed

Andrea Patete

Faculty and Staff

Kathia Benitiz

Kathia Benitez

Kathia Benitez joined the Office of Sustainability in June 2016 as the director of sustainability. Kathia is responsible for providing leadership and management to ensure integration of sustainable practices throughout the University’s campuses. She will coordinate and administer sustainability and energy efficiency programs in collaboration with students, faculty and staff. Prior to working for Northwestern, Kathia was the senior manager supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Initiative. In her role, she provided direct oversight and strategic guidance for the Better Buildings Alliance and Better Building Challenge initiatives. She also served as a sector matter expert for healthcare

Mark Witte

Mark Witte

Professor Mark Witte's research deals with applied questions in macroeconomics and public finance. His main interests are in consumption theory and topics in taxation. His teaching interests include macroeconomics, money and banking, public finance, and the economics of the environment and the extraction of natural resources. He has been voted onto the Associated Student Government honor roll numerous times in recognition of both his teaching and student advising. He has been honored with a Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (WCAS) Distinguished Teaching Award, and a WCAS Distinguished Leader in the Undergraduate Community Award.organizations.

Eric Masanet

Eric MasanetEric Masanet is Associate Professor in the departments of Mechanical and Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University, where his research focuses on sustainable manufacturing models, theory, and policy analysis and he teaches courses on life-cycle assessment, sustainable manufacturing systems, and sustainability principles. Prior to joining Northwestern in June 2012, Eric spent eight years at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), where he most recently held the positions of Staff Scientist and Deputy Leader of the International Energy Studies Group. He is Editor in Chief of Resources, Conservation and Recycling, the leading journal on resource systems sustainability. He has previously served as program co-chair of the International Society for Industrial Ecology Conference (2011) and IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (2008-2010). He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley with a specialization in environmentally-conscious design and manufacturing.

Jeff Henderson

Jeff HendersonJeff is the Associate Director of the Institute for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN). Jeff is responsible for the strategic development and management of the Institute’s marketing and communications, and education portfolios. Jeff is currently serving a second three-year term (2012-2015, 2015-2018) on the Northwestern Staff Advisory Council (NUSAC). Prior to ISEN, Jeff worked as the General Manager of US Operations at a small, private international telecommunications company, based in Oak Park, IL. He grew up in the Bay Area, and received his BA in Economics from Northwestern in 2003.

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