Immersive Experience (IE)

Soft AE Trainees are offered support to enable Immersive Experiences in environments outside of Penn that will facilitate their research or professional advancement. These personalized opportunities are meant to offer professional experience consistent with Soft AE convergence/interdisciplinary Soft AE-related research or science policy training beyond what is typically expected for conventional STEM PhD degree programs. For example, disciplinary meetings, conferences and short courses needed for disciplinary research would not fall in the category of a Soft AE IE.

IEs are developed by individual trainees and the Soft AE Program leads, with approval from the trainee’s faculty supervisor(s), and input from any mentors involved in the trainee’s professional development or hosting the IE.

Completed IEs

Gabriel Vega-Bellido portrait

Gabriel Vega Bellido

Aria C. Zhang portrait

Aria Zhang

Gabriel Vega Bellido and Aria Zhang participated in the first SOtL-Energy Workshop (Washington, DC, May 20-24, 2024) offered by the Soft AE Program, in partnership with KCEP and CSPO at ASU. Gabriel and Aria wrote about their IE in their Reflection Piece, Navigating the Complexities of the U.S. Science Policy and Energy Justice.


Maggie Brown

Maggie Brown attended the World Energy Council’s 26th Congress Redesigning Energy for the People and Planet (Rotterdam, Netherlands, April 22-25, 2024). She also continued her participation on a project led by a student she met in one of the Soft AE courses, J. Ohene-Akoto, who is one of the board members for the World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leaders Program.