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Pre-doctoral Projects

I used 10+ million records of new car sales in Chinese cities with license plate restriction systems and studied the effects these schemes had on the average car price and various other elements of the local economy. 

I also helped edit the Air Quality Life Index (AQLI) 2021 & 2022 Annual Report and translated them into Mandarin Chinese.


Graduate Projects at JHU

My work contributed to existing life cycle inventory analysis on solar PV power by producing a consistent and systematic land-use analysis of the hundreds of solar PV power plants connected to the Western Interconnection in North America. The land areas are determined using a combination of deep learning technology and aerial imagery analysis. The estimates are then compared against those from prior studies carried out by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and the result brings to light a few flaws in existing research.

The preliminary result from this research was presented at The American Center for Life Cycle Assessment 2021 Conference and won the Best Poster Award.


I also participated in a year-long ERE Practicum project to develop a strategic plan for the U.S. LNG industry to remain competitive in the EU market. To that end, my team conducted market research to identify key competitors in the EU and examined the particular strength and weaknesses of U.S. exporters. I specifically took on the harmonization of life cycle emission data for the whole host of natural gas/LNG exporters and delineated the ways through which the U.S. LNG industry can obtain a competitive edge over its main competitors under the new EU environmental legislation.


Graduate Project at UA

In my master thesis, I examined the early stages of Kenzaburō Ōe’s (1994 Literature Nobel Prize laureate) authorship by analyzing the works published during said timeframes and maintained that it was during 1955-1965 that Ōe transformed from a young literati to the representative of postwar Japanese literature and cultural critics, the role of which Ōe had upheld till this day. My thesis gave light to the works published during Ōe’s first seven years of authorship that have been frequently ignored in the English academia--including a first-ever literature review of Ōe’s earliest novel, the Kazan, in the English academic world--and furthered the field’s understanding of Ōe’s authorship as a whole.

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