Biographical information


Zach Berkson


Zach Berkson is a PhD student in the Chemical Engineering program at UC Santa Barbara and a recent graduate of ASU. He is interested in sustainability and renewable energy, and has spent the last two years in Dr. Jean Andino’s atmospheric chemistry lab, where he works on reaction engineering of the light-activated catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide to fuel. Zach is also the founder of the ASU Imagination Project, a student organization designed to bring together people of all disciplines for thoughtful and pragmatic discussion about the future. Other interests include postmodern literature, sunlight, space travel, and robots.

Previous Works

“Charge Transfer in Titanium Dioxide Photocatalysts for the Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to Fuels.” Honors Thesis Project.

“CyberSenses.” ASU Imagination Project student-run workshop.

ASU Center for Science and the Imagination blog:



Story Ideas and Burning Questions

Over the past century, the world’s economy and infrastructure has evolved around cheap, plentiful fossil fuel resources. How do we replace the fossil fuel infrastructure? Or change it into something sustainable?