Max Kessler, from Friday Harbor, Washington, is pursuing a PhD in mechanical engineering at Stanford School of Engineering. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Passionate about addressing climate change, Max aspires to develop innovative technologies to reduce emissions in the built environment. To communicate his research and share stories with wide audiences, he has directed many short movies, including an award-winning documentary about sustainability and climate action. Max strives to be a global citizen, showcased by his experiences interning at a United Nations and supplying custom sleeping bags to people displaced from their homes in the Middle East. Before joining Stanford, Max developed a bio-inspired suction cup to reduce the energy intensity of industrial processes as a Fulbright researcher in Germany.