Eric Verploegen, PhD, is the founder of CoolVeg, a business that disseminates technologies based on evaporative cooling for fruit and vegetable preservation in off-grid dry regions. He has ongoing projects in Mali, Niger, Kenya, and Gujarat, India.
Eric has a background in materials science and received his PhD in polymer science and technology from MIT in 2008. Prior to CoolVeg, Eric developed materials for solar cells and waste remediation systems for the oil and gas industry. In 2014, he joined MIT D-Lab as a research engineer where he studied and developed technologies related to off-grid energy and fruit and vegetable preservation.