Ben Franta

Franta - Headshot for OSABenjamin is a PhD candidate in applied physics at the School of Engineering andApplied Sciences (SEAS), where he works on developing next-generation solar energy technology.  Born and raised in Iowa, Ben studied physics and mathematics at Coe College before carrying out a master’s degree in archaeological science at the University of Oxford.  At Harvard, Ben is particularly interested in developing strategies for dealing with climate change and is an organizer for Divest Harvard, a fossil energy divestment campaign.  Ben is also interested in the interactions between technology and society and has been active in forming NanoStart, a nanotechnology think-tank and commercialization platform at SEAS.  Other interests include piano, running, singing, and theatre.