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Jonathan Cedar

Founder and CEO, BioLite

Jonathan Cedar is helping to light up the world – with renewable energy. In 2009, he launched  Bio-Lite, a high-tech start-up that produces clean-burning wood stoves and rechargeable LED lights for off-grid communities around the world, and helps address climate change in the process.

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Mike Gil, PhD

Marine Biologist, TED Fellow

SEA Semester graduate Mike Gil is passionate about the ocean, and about sharing that passion with others. As a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of California, Davis, Gil studies human impact on marine ecosystems, and how social interactions among fish that eat harmful algae can counteract coral reef degradation.

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Amy Bower, PhD

Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Dr. Amy Bower’s groundbreaking research centers of deep ocean currents. Legally blind since her mid-20s, she uses adaptive technology and has become an advocate for the visually impaired.

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Leonard Pace

Science Program Manager, Schmidt Ocean Institute, SEA Overseer

As a graduate student, Leonard Pace’s research took him to South Africa, where he studied Great White Shark ecology, to Antarctica, where he studied Naked Dragonfish respiration. Following graduate school, he completed a John A. Knauss Fellowship and held positions with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Science Foundation. He is now the Science Program Manager for Schmidt Ocean Institute, overseeing oceanographic research projects aboard the R/V Falkor.

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Kellie Jensen

Sustainability Manager, Apple, Inc.

Kellie Jensen, W-168, is a sustainability program manager at Apple, Inc. in Cupertino, California. At Apple, Kellie is responsible for developing a sustainable materials management program. She is also a member of the Women@Apple Leadership Team, which supports the recruitment and retention of women in technology.

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