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My New Job

My New Job

My New Job

It’s been a wild Summer for me. After graduating summa cum laude from San José State University, I went straight away to work at Carnegie Mellon University. Once my research was completed, I flew out to Europe to see some of my best friends and family, and then presented my senior project at a conference in Minneapolis.

But none of this compares to what is about to come up. On Monday, August 26th, I will officially begin work as a research intern at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory! Situated 30 km (18 miles) west of Denver in the town of Golden, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) serves as the United States’ primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. 

Under the guidance of lab engineers Rachel Romero and Otto Van Geet, my task will be to create resilience and energy efficiency guidelines for managers of scientific laboratories. What really excites me about this project is not only being able to build my skill set in resilience but being able to learn about how to analyze how lack of proper ventilation can be detrimental to an interior space. I hope to parlay this with my work on electricity failures to gain a better understanding of adaptation strategies to wildfires in Northern California, as some of the primary stresses in this area are aging electricity infrastructure, controlled blackouts, and trying to ensure ventilation makes the interior environment of buildings breathable.

For this opportunity, I would like to thank Rachel Romero and Otto Van Geet for accepting me as an intern, Professor Sohail Zaidi and Dustin Mulvaney for writing my letters of recommendation, and the entire SULI team at NREL for patiently answering my questions and making sure everything worked.

If any of you are in Colorado, feel free to hit me up!

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My Post-Graduation Summer Plans

My Post-Graduation Summer Plans

Many of you have been asking about my post-graduation plans. After long deliberation, I am happy to say that I will be spending this summer researching at Carnegie Mellon University’s Engineering and Public Department in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania! My work will be focused on uncovering resilience strategies for cascading power failures and how communities can adapt. This will involve a thorough literature review of the causes of these events, what agencies have recommended to adapt, and interviewing individuals who’ve directly experienced these problems.

I hope to leverage these insights into not only shape what type of graduate programs I would like to apply for but also help Northern Californians living in fire-prone areas deal with planned electricity shutdowns by PG&E. It’s going to be a big matter of discussion now that the effects of climate change are really upon us and the most vulnerable communities have to deal with it first.

Without a doubt, I am thankful for the Sally Casanova Scholars Program and Professor Parth Vainshav for making this happen and will work my hardest to make this Summer a success.

East coast friends, let me know if you want to come over to Pittsburgh this Summer. I’m always happy to host you and discuss energy!

Interested in what happens to me after this Summer? Stay tuned to learn more.

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