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Dr. Mo Chen

Ph.D. Graduate, Spring 202 (Co-advised with Dr. George Ban-Weiss)

Hometown: Wuxi, Jiangsu province, China.

Mo Chen was born in Bengbu, a small city in China. When he was 14, his family moved to Wuxi, a neighboring city, to seek a better high school education. In 2008, he went to Xiamen University and got his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences, with a minor in Mathematical Economics. He continued his education at Peking University, as a Master’s student in Dr Jianying Hu’s group. He joined the S3 group in August 2015 and finished his Ph.D. at USC in Environmental Engineering in Spring 2020. Mo is interested in research topics at the intersection of energy and environment, as well as road trips, movies, and cross-cultural topics.


Dissertation Title

Investigating the Role of Climate in Affecting Residential Electricity Consumption
through High Spatiotemporal Resolution Observations

Awards and Honors

  • First Class Scholarship, Xiamen University (1/30);   2008, 2009, 2010
  • Second Place of Chemistry Contest, Xiamen University (2/200);   2009
  • Graduate Fellowship, Peking University;    2012 – 2015
  • Graduate School Scholarship;  2014


  • M.S., Environmental Science, 2015, Peking University (Advisor: Dr. Jianying Hu; Thesis: Exposure Assessment of Bisphenol A, Nonylphenol and Their Chlorinated Derivatives in Pregnant Women and Early Human Embryos)
  • B.S., Environmental Science with a minor in Mathematical Economics, 2012, Xiamen University;
  • North Carolina State University Summer Academic Program, 2011
  • Hong Kong University Exchange Student Program, 2009

Peer-reviewed Journal Publications

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