Hari Ramachandran, from Chennai, India, is pursuing a PhD in materials science and engineering at Stanford School of Engineering. He earned a bachelor’s degree in materials engineering and a master’s degree in nanotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Hari aspires to develop materials for cheap and scalable energy storage to improve the adoption of renewable energy sources. He co-founded an urban waste management startup and was the CEO of X2Fuels and Energy, a startup turning waste into clean fuels. He received the Honda Young Engineer Scientist award in 2018 for his work on eco-technology and the Governor's prize in the 2020 convocation from IIT Madras. Hari plays the mridangam, a south Indian percussion instrument.