Andy Zheng graduated from U.C. Berkeley in December 2014 with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Supervised by Prof. Daniel Kammen, his main research interest is energy policy in the global solar photovoltaic (PV) industry, with a focus on the role of R&D funding, innovation, and deployment incentives on cost reduction of the PV technology. In addition, he also conducts experiment to explore novel platforms for controlled nucleation and crystallization of silicon nanostructures, to improve the bottom-up approach in producing thin silicon film for PV applications.
Upon graduation from Berkeley, Andy founded the Aspiring Citizens Cleantech (ACC) in Singapore, with the vision of pushing the global effort of transitioning to a sustainable energy future. ACC’s approach is to provide a full set of technology, business model, and policy innovations to assist governments in accelerating this transition. Andy’s passion and vision, translated into entrepreneurial actions, have been strongly influenced by many inspiring thought leaders from Berkeley.