Student Advisory Council Member

Walter Johnsen is a member of the Center’s Student Advisory Council and a research assistant with the Kleinman Center. He was the 2022 Kleinman Philadelphia Energy Authority Fellow.

Johnsen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry, where he works on a collaborative project co-mentored by Professors Karen Goldberg and Thomas Mallouk. His research is aimed at developing reaction systems capable of converting carbon dioxide to value-added products such as ethanol or ethylene.

Prior to Penn, Walter received a B.A. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, magna cum laude, from Cornell University in 2018. Upon completion of his Ph.D., Johnsen hopes to inform municipal, state, or federal policy for renewable energy deployment. Johnsen was a 2020 Vagelos Institute Graduate Fellow.