Luka Yancopoulos is from Yorktown Heights, New York. He entered VIPER with the intent to major in Bioengineering and Earth and Environmental Science. Luka always has been interested in the environment: his work with Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve Research in Belize after his sophomore year in high school taught him about the rapid environmental impacts that fossil fuel use has been having on marine populations and ocean water quality. This sparked his interest in renewable energy as a sustainable solution to the problems he learned about in Belize. He followed up by working with the Yang Research Group at Columbia University, devoting his hours to the research and development of electrochemical energy storage within Lithium Ion batteries. This led to his interest in biology and a desire to manipulate its properties to help solve environmental issues and energy concerns. In his free time, Luka enjoys skiing, hiking and exploring new places.