Celest Uche Okoli studied chemical engineering at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, receiving BS & MS Engineering degrees in Chemical Engineering. In 2010 he was awarded a GEM Fellowship with Brookhaven National Laboratory and he worked with the NSLS-II project team. That same year, he began his studies at Stony Brook’s M.S. Energy Technology program in the Mechanical Engineering Department. After completion of the requirements, Celest transitioned into the PhD program in Materials Science and Engineering. His current research is in renewable energy materials; the development of new materials for electrode design for energy conversion and storage systems and water/wastewater treatment systems. He is originally from Imo State, Nigeria.