Sarah is a PhD candidate at MIT in the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society. Her research focuses on water supply infrastructure planning under uncertainty. In particular, she is interested in the potential for flexible infrastructure design and adaptive policymaking to mitigate risk from a variety of uncertainties including future demand growth, groundwater availability, and climate change.
Before starting her PhD, Sarah worked as a researcher and consultant on issues at the intersection of water, energy, and environment at IHS CERA. She was formerly the Director of Product Development at the startup Sourcewater, where she led the development of the first online marketplace for water and wastewater for energy companies. Sarah has an S.M. in Technology and Policy from MIT and a B.A. in Physics and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys rock climbing, playing the violin, baking bread, and reading novels. She is originally from Baltimore, MD.
Sarah is affiliated with the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, the MIT Strategic Engineering Research Group, and the Center for Complex Engineering Systems at KACST and MIT. She was previously a fellow with the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design and the MIT Energy Initiative.