This year, the Switzer Foundation awarded 21 fellowships for emerging environmental leaders who are pursuing graduate degrees and are dedicated to positive environmental change in their careers.
Parness is currently pursuing a master's in the TPP. His research concerns the use of electric vehicles as a form of distributed battery storage, in part to help reduce air pollution. Prior to attending MIT, he worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Beijing on energy efficiency. In the future, he hopes to work with rapidly developing countries to help establish policies that encourage long-term sustainable electricity generation, transmission and use. Parness holds an SB in electrical engineering from Drexel University.