Our Team

Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park, Lenfest Chair in Applied Climate Science


park_cProfessor Park is the Lenfest Chair in Applied Climate Science at Columbia University and is also the Interim Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, where she researches issues in energy, environmental engineering and particle technology. Some of Park’s areas of research interest are carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS); sustainable energy conversion systems; synthesis of hydrogen and liquid fuels from alternative energy sources; particle technology; electrostatic charging penomena in multiphase flows; and electrostatic tomography.

Park has received numerous honors and distinctions throughout her career as a researcher.  Recently she has been appointed as a member of the International Committee at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, where she has also been elected as the Vice-Chair (2009-2011) and Chair (2011-2013) of the Fluidization and Fluid-Particle Systems Group and Treasurer (2010-present) of the Particle Technology Forum.  She has also recently received the James Lee Young Investigator Award, the NSF Career Award, and a nomination for the Packard Fellowship.  In 2011, she was the distinguished speaker at the Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit.  A more complete list of her many accomplishments can be found on her website.

A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Professor Park received a Bachelor of Applied Science with distinction and a Masters of Applied Science, both in Chemical and Biological Engineering. She received a PhD degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the Ohio State University.

Read more about Dr. Park’s research and publications.

Monique Reeser

Program Coordinator

reeser_cMonique Reeser helps to manage the Lenfest Center’s overall operations and oversee its programs and outreach activities. Previously, she worked as a program coordinator at both Binghamton University and Cornell Cooperative Extension. During that time she designed and facilitated deliberative dialogue models to increase student engagement in environmental policy discussions, and supported the implementation of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) residential energy efficiency program, Green Jobs Green New York. She has an M.P.A. in environmental policy, and a B.A. in environmental public policy administration and law from Binghamton University.


Martin Cerny

Communications Specialist

MCernyMartin Cerny is a second year M.S. candidate within the Columbia University Chemical Engineering department. He is working as an outreach and communications intern within the Lenfest center.  He has previous working experience in the private sector, from a large multinational chemical company, working as a LEAN specialist and a financial planner. Martin received his B.A. degrees in Economics and Chemistry from Ithaca College.