Hugo Uvegi / Materials Science & Engineering

Hugo is a PhD student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. He became interested in global sustainable development while completing his undergraduate work at Johns Hopkins University. There, he explored improving the the efficiency of emerging energy technologies through enhanced catalysis.

He now works for the Olivetti Group as a Tata Fellow, investigating novel ways of utilizing and upcycling industrial wastes. Specifically, Hugo is currently working to understand the inherent variability in the physicochemical properties of biomass-derived bottom ash, a byproduct of the paper industry in India, for successful implementation in more energy efficient building materials. In his free time, Hugo enjoys music, frisbee, and the outdoors.