• MSE Master’s Student attend HPAIR Conference at Harvard

MSE Master’s Student attend HPAIR Conference at Harvard

Department of Materials Science and Engineering Master’s Student, Ekta Jagtiani, recently participated in the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) conference held at Harvard University.  For more than 30 years, the HPAIR conference stands as a dynamic platform aiming to bridge the gap between the global leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow. By gathering students and young professionals from around the world, the conference fosters a vibrant forum for exchange, learning, and collaboration. Over the course of the three-day event, Jagtiana participated in presentations and executive seminars that brought together thought leaders from various sectors, discussing pressing global challenges and exploring innovative solutions.

During one segment, entitled the impact challenge, Jagtiani spoke on the expansion and collaboration of Patagonia, a sustainable clothing brand that aims to limit ecological impacts with goods that last for generations or can be recycled so the materials in them remain in use. The main goal was to make sure its commitment to environmental sustainability, that lies in Patagonia’s core values, helps them create long lasting change by achieving its target of being carbon neutral and carbon positive. Her emphasis focused on how the products are made from durable, often recycled materials and the profits from their revenue goes to environmental causes.

The seminars provided Jagiani with a broader perspective on sustainability, allowing her to engage with complex topics such as ethical supply chains, renewable energy, and the role of technology in promoting environmental conservation. Moreover, Ekta took advantage of one-on-one lunch meetings, a unique aspect of the conference that facilitated personal interactions with seasoned professionals. These intimate gatherings offered her invaluable insights and guidance, further shaping her understanding and commitment to sustainable development.

Jagtiani commented, “The HPAIR Harvard Conference 2024 was an unforgettable journey. I am immensely thankful for the opportunity to meet and learn from such a diverse and talented group of individuals. The knowledge and experiences I gained are invaluable! I’m thankful to the University of Pennsylvania Department of Materials Science and Engineering  and Professor Shu Yang for their constant support and encouragement.”