Nan Zhao is a Ph.D. candidate in the Responsive Environments Group at the MIT Media Lab, where she works on Internet of Things that promote wellbeing and sustainability. Her work spans from intelligent building control to smart urban furniture and borrows from a variety of fields, including sensor technologies, wearable computing technology, and psychology.
Nan is also co-founder of Changing Environments Inc, a venture backed start-up developing technology for smarter cities. CE’s first product Soofa, a solar charging bench for public spaces, has received love and support from around the world.
Before joining the Media Lab, Nan conducted research in smart grid and vehicle-to-grid technology. As a fellow of RWE AG, a leading electricity and gas company in Germany, she was closely involved in the development and kick-off of a smart grid project in collaboration with IBM. She is a graduate in electrical engineering from RWTH Aachen University in Germany.
Nan Zhao’s work has been covered by Reuters, Spiegel, FAZ, The Boston Globe, CNN, MIT News, Engadget, and others.