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Eric Verploegen

United States Research Engineer Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Eric joined D-Lab in 2014 to expand D-Lab's research efforts in the areas of food, water, and energy. Currently, his work focuses on evaporative cooling for vegetable preservation with ongoing projects in Mali, Kenya, Uganda, and Gujarat, India. Eric is also a lecturer for D-Lab's energy classes, Introduction to Energy in Global Development and Applications of Energy in Global Development.

He has a background in materials science and received his Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Technology from MIT in 2008. Prior to D-Lab, Eric worked on developing materials for solar cells and waste remediation systems for the oil and gas industry. 

He is passionate about helping organizations based in off-grid regions identify technologies, products, and distribution strategies to reduce post-harvest loss and waste and improve nutrition in their communities.


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