In 2010, Ms. Zhao graduated from Fudan University in China with a B.S. degree in environmental science. She worked as research assistant in the Center for Energy Economics and Strategy Studies gaining knowledge about the energy industry, and also in the Center for Urban Environmental Management Studies achieving research and data analysis experience in watershed management. She also gained two years of work experience in market research and environmental journalism. Qingyi now is a graduate student at Rice University in the Environmental Analysis and Decision Making track. She accepted an internship with Element Markets, and accepted full-time employment with them after graduation.