Deborah Sunter is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University. While at the University of California, Berkeley, she was a BIDS Data Science Fellow and a postdoctoral fellow in the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory. Her research interests included data science for sustainability, national energy planning, city-integrated renewable energy systems, environmental justice, and clean technology innovation. While working on her BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University, she developed a nanosatellite mission that was successfully launched into orbit. Although fascinated by aerospace applications, the time-critical issue of global warming shifted her focus in graduate school to explore renewable energy. Specializing in computational modeling of thermo-physics in multiphase systems, she developed a novel solar absorber tube and received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. The need for better global environmental solutions led her to do research abroad in both Japan and China. After receiving her doctorate, she advanced her understanding of energy policy as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy.