Eric Verploegen

Research Engineer, Food-Water-Energy Lead



Eric joined D-Lab in 2014 to expand D-Lab's research efforts in the areas of food, water, and energy. Currently his work focuses on evaporative cooling for vegetable preservation with ongoing projects in Mali, Kenya, Uganda, and Gujarat, India. Eric is also a co-instructor for D-Lab's Energy classes.

Prior to D-Lab, Eric worked on developing materials for solar cells and waste remediation systems for the oil and gas industry. He is passionate about helping organizations based in off-grid regions identify technologies, products, and distribution strategies to increase energy access in their communities.

He has a background in materials science and received his Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Technology from MIT in 2008.

Eric enjoys playing pick-up basketball and frisbee.