Christopher Contos is a rising senior pursuing a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering at Rowan University. As an NCSE Drawdown USA Scholar, he will help NCSE build the Drawdown USA network—fostering connections between organizations that are implementing Project Drawdown’s solutions to reverse climate change. He will also support interested universities in integrating Project Drawdown into their Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) by creating resources and assisting them to further develop their REU programs.
Chris spent the summer of 2019 as an inaugural Penn State Drawdown Scholar where he modeled the emissions savings due to a transition from traditional vapor compression cooling technology to solid state cooling technology, specifically electrocaloric cooling. He was able to present his research in the capacity of an Innovation Speaker at the inaugural Drawdown: Research to Action conference. His research experience confirmed his passion for sustainability and advanced his understanding of communication and its role in achieving sustainable development. Chris’ current work is within the medical startup field where he is developing the necessary skills to pursue a career in sustainable technology startups.