Meet the VIPER Class of 2024 (VIDEO)

From honing research interests and building relationships to Penn Electric Racing and SpaceX, graduating seniors in the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER) reflect on their experience in the dual-degree program.

Monday, March 18, 2024

Video by Alex Schein

On Friday, March 15, 2024, the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER) Senior Showcase celebrated the accomplishments of the graduating VIPER Class of 2024. VIPER is a rigorous dual-degree program in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science that is designed to prepare students to advance sustainable energy science and technology through interdisciplinary approaches and immersive experiences in cutting-edge research, positioning them to become the next generation of energy leaders and innovators.


The event kicked off with a virtual address from Dr. P. Roy Vagelos, C’50, PAR’90, HON’99, whose vision and generosity have launched and sustained the program. Representatives from the VIPER Class of 2024 gave short presentations about the lessons they've learned through VIPER and at Penn and the impacts they have made through their work in energy research and pursuit of an interdisciplinary academic curriculum. This video gives all students in the class an opportunity to share their experiences and memories and was presented as part of the senior showcase.

The VIPER Class of 2024 includes: Rohan Bagchi, Kaiyuan Chen, Anirudh Cowlagi, Georgia Georgostathi, Andreas Ghosh, Emma Li, Qinxi (Celine) Liu, Evan Lu, Jason Lu, Caroline Magdolen, Rishabh (Rishu) Mohanka, Soyoon Park, Connor Shu, Mohammed Suleiman, Lorenzo Yao-Bate, and Ming Zou.

The VIPER Senior Showcase was part of Energy Week at Penn.