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Mo Chen

Ph.D. Candidate (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 to pursue his Ph.D. at USC. Mo is interested in research topics at the intersection of energy and environment, as well as road trips, movies, and cross-cultural topics.

Research Interests

Mo is investigating how climate change and urban heat island impacts trends in residential electricity usage.

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

Peer-reviewed Conference Publications

  • Chen, Mo, Kelly Sanders, and George A. Ban-Weiss. “Identifying potentially vulnerable communities to extreme heat events by characterizing air conditioning penetration patterns in the Southern California region.” AGUFM 2019 (2019): GH34A-07.
  • Chen, M., Sanders, K., & Ban-Weiss, G. A. (2018, December). Spatial and Socioeconomic Distributions of Electricity-temperature Sensitivities in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Region. In AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts.
  • M. Meng*, M. Chen* and K.T. Sanders. (2016). “A Geospatial Feasibility Assessment of Utilizing Produced Water from Oil and Natural Gas Production in California for Beneficial Uses.” Proceedings of the World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2016, May 22-26, 2016, West Palm Beach, FL, USA.