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Robert Firme, Earth Systems Student Advisor

Earth Systems Program

Robert, originally from Hawaii, is a senior majoring in Earth Systems - Energy, Science, and Technology and is excited to be a student advisor this year. He is passionate about engineering, energy policy, renewable energy technology, and how these fields address pressing environmental and social issues in developing countries. Robert's professional experiences include an internship with the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington D.C. where he worked on energy-efficient product procurement and policy, an internship with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where he researched Compressed Air and Pumped Hydro Storage capacities and modeled future electricity dispatch in America, and a summer volunteering in Costa Rica where he developed rainwater collection systems for low-income communities. When Robert's not studying and sleeping in Y2E2 or spreading Aloha around the ES office, he is actively involved in the Pilipino American Student Union (PASU) and is an avid dancer in Ballet Folklorico de Stanford.


Lauren Gimmillaro, Earth Systems Student Advisor

Earth Systems Program

Lauren is an Earth Systems senior in the Land Systems track. Lauren is a member of Students for a Sustainable Stanford and the Green Living Council. In the summer of 2012, she worked as an intern for NASA’s Earth Sciences branch. She studied the effects large influxes of fresh water from the Brazilian Amazon have on the Atlantic Ocean. As a junior, she studied abroad in Australia and researched the effects of ocean acidification on coral reef health. This summer, Lauren researched Uganda’s water supply through the civil and environmental engineering department. Lauren loves spending time outdoors and traveling. Her passion is learning about different cultures throughout the world in order to better educate locals about the preservation of our environment. 


Benjamin Laboy, Earth Systems Student Advisor

Earth Systems Program

Ben is an Earth Systems coterm who completed his undergraduate degree in Science, Technology, and Society.  His coterm curriculum focuses on energy efficient buildings and their role in the larger energy market.  At Stanford, Ben sings in the all-male a cappella group Fleet Street and the Stanford Chamber Chorale, and he enjoys playing the guitar and watching college basketball and football in his free time.  During his senior year, Ben worked with R&DE Student Housing as a Sustainability and Conservation Intern, and worked last summer in his hometown of Bethesda, MD at an energy consulting and contracting firm.


Andrew Miller, Earth Systems Student Advisor

Earth Systems Program

Andrew is an Earth Systems senior in the oceans track. His work thus far has focused on coastal ecology and resource management, and has been inspired by a life-long love affair with all things marine. He has spent a large part of his undergraduate career taking classes and conducting research at Hopkins Marine Station, where he was trained as a scientific diver and fostered a particular interest in kelp forest ecology. More recently, Andrew has developed an interest in the design and implementation of low-cost sustainable energy systems.  


Karrah Phillips, Earth Systems Student Advisor

Earth Systems Program

As an Earth Systems undergrad, Karrah spent her time in the ocean, studying at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey Bay, California and in Australia with Stanford’s Bing Overseas Study Program.  She has dried off a bit as a coterm, and her studies focus on understanding the role behavioral economics plays in environmental security. When she’s not bellowing facts about Stanford’s founding to campus visitors, you can find Karrah on stage with the Stanford Improvisers, or finishing her novel.  


Elena Stamatakos, Earth Systems Student Advisor

Earth Systems Program

Elena is an Earth Systems senior in the biosphere track with a special interest in freshwater ecosystems. She has a passion for social justice and plans to pursue a career in watershed management that allows her to work with underserved communities. Elena tries to take advantage of the many unique opportunities Stanford provides for its students, such as studying marine biology at the Hopkins Marine Station or spending a summer as a counselor for academically oriented middle schoolers. The Wrigley Field Program in Hawai'i gave her the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a variety of earth science related fields and helped her conquer her fear of the ocean. Outside of the classroom, Elena enjoys spending time at the barn riding with the Stanford Equestrian Team, hiking around the Bay Area, and enjoying Stanford's unique co-op culture!