Dai Shen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kenyon College, where he majored in chemistry and minored in both physics and mathematics. In his undergraduate days, his research experience spanned multiple fields, ranging from natural extraction of anti-cancer compounds to pharmaceutical drug delivery. It was after a year-long scholarship from German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) to study chemical engineering in Cologne, Germany, that Dai realized his passion for solving the impending energy crisis. He hopes to one day become a leader at the forefront of energy research and leave behind a lasting impact that shapes the global energy landscape.
Dai is now starting his third year as a Ph.D. student with Dr. Rohan Akolkar in the chemical engineering department. His research focuses on the development of an electrochemical extraction process, in which titanium ore is converted into metallic titanium in high-temperature molten salts. The process aims to produce titanium at low cost and with high energy efficiency.
Outside of research, Dai has been a competitive distance runner for almost a decade and continues to train for road running races. He also enjoys reading books in foreign languages.