Eric Verploegen

Research Engineer, Evaporative Cooling Lead

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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 was previously a lecturer for D-Lab's energy classes, Introduction to Energy in Global Development and Applications of Energy in Global Development. In 2022, Eric founded CoolVeg to disseminate and commercialize the training programs and technologies he has developed while at D-Lab.

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 and reduce food loss in their communities.

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