Lauren Shum has long held a passion for issues and innovations
related to energy and the environment. Currently, she is Sustainability
Chair of the Duke Smart Home, a live-in laboratory and campus
organization that fosters a creative and collaborative environment for
students interested in technology and sustainability. As a Smart Home
Fellow and resident, she also directs Net-Zero Project, which seeks to
equip the Home (currently 15% self-sufficient) to produce all the
energy it consumes. She hopes that insights derived from this project
help people in traditional homes cost-effectively improve their energy
efficiency and that these insights will lend support to the development
of an interface that meaningfully interprets home energy data.
Most recently, Lauren joined the photonics and optoelectronics research team of Adrienne Stiff-Roberts, which characterizes thin films deposited using Matrix-Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation; Lauren is particularly interested in photovoltaic applications. Other current projects include developing a solar thermal water heater viable for use in developing nations and organizing an e-waste education workshop. In the past, she has performed urban microclimate research for NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, worked as an Explainer for the New York Hall of Science, presented at Duke's Expert Environmentalist Symposium, and organized educational programs in sustainability and mobile app development.