Aisling O’Grady manages the Climate Action Through Education (MIT CATE) Program through the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR). She drives the development of interdisciplinary climate curriculum at the high school level, various climate professional development endeavors, outreach, fundraising, and all associated logistics — alongside a team of local high school teachers and Faculty Director Professor Christopher R. Knittel. She joined CATE in 2020, having previously worked as a member of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI)’s Education team. There, beginning in 2017, she coordinated undergraduate energy programming, conducted research on the climate and conflict nexus, and coordinated the Design Thinking Zero Carbon Islands Project.
She is also the UROP Coordinator for MITEI, maintaining her position as part of the Education team, and driving MITEI’s Summer Energy UROP Professional Development Program. Her particular focus here is on science communication, including connecting the energy research from undergraduates to the CATE program.
Aisling holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Environmental Studies from Northeastern University, and an A.S. from Middlesex Community College.