Meet the 2021-2022 Fellows
Alvaro received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech. He has been working in construction project management and design for the past couple of years. In his work, he has contributed towards the LEED certification of several projects which contained solar panels, sustainable materials, landfill waste diversion programs, among others. He has a strong interest in sustainable energy, especially renewables, and aspires to lower carbon emissions to contribute towards the goal of a carbon neutral world in 2050. His sustainability passion and curiosity began at a young age in his home country of Colombia, where he grew up seeing one of the most biodiverse places in the world damaged by gas-powered engines. He is thrilled to continue to expand his knowledge in the MSEEM program, and looks forward to take part of the energy transition towards a greener world.
Christopher earned his B.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering at Rowan University. Contos’ work is motivated by the understanding that time is the most valuable resource in mitigating the climate crisis. With an interest in electricity power systems and markets with time as a priority, he is eager to contribute to accelerating the deployment of sustainable energy technologies via policy to alleviate environmental injustice. His prior work involves the development of emissions models for data-driven calls to action and research experience with microgrids as well as energy and resource efficiency. Contos’ experiences have advanced his understanding of science communication and stakeholder engagement to achieve sustainable development. With MSEEM, Chris looks forward to working at the nexus of engineering, economics, and policy to expand equitable access to sustainable energy.
Maria received her undergraduate degree in Economics from NC State University. For the past four years she has provided educational and consultative services at IMPLAN, a provider of economic data and input-output modeling software that is used across the public, private, and academic research communities. Previously at RTI International, she developed and evaluated surveys and econometric models addressing health and wellbeing preferences. Throughout her academic and professional career, she’s fulfilled a range of roles in a member-based service organization dedicated to strong families, a fair economy, and a healthy earth. During her participation in the MSEEM program, Maria looks to hone her analytical skills in the application of promoting sustainability and justice. She has a particular interest in identifying and implementing feasible means to do so in the areas of supply chain management, housing and commercial development, and policy making.
Brooke received her undergraduate degree in computer engineering from the United States Air Force Academy. Originally from the state of Georgia, Brooke lived in Saudi Arabia for most of her childhood, where she gained a love for the Arabic language. She was able to study Arabic in Morocco with the State Department in 2019 and is now a Critical Language Scholarship alumna. She enjoys hiking, camping, climbing, and anything outdoors. She hopes to pursue her interests in international policy through the MSEEM program to study a combination of both humanitarian aid as a national security interest, as well as international policy on technology and energy in developing nations.
James received his undergraduate degree in Finance with a minor in Spanish from Indiana University. He is originally from Tampa, FL and has lived in Indiana, New York, Spain, Guatemala, and California. James became passionate about environmental advocacy after traveling to Costa Rica and learning about their business practices that protect their biodiversity while supporting their economy. James was previously a Financial Consultant at Charles Schwab but left to return to school upon experiencing the complexities surrounding Socially Responsible Investing firsthand. Motivated to push our financial system to support a greener future, James aspires to combine his financial knowledge with the MSEEMs program to design public policy for sustainable economic expansion. In his free time, James enjoys playing soccer, hiking, cooking, playing board games with friends, and traveling.
2020-2021 SEEM Students
|Nidhi Gangavarapu||Thomas Orzech||Madeline Shepard|
|Miguel Granier||Jennifer Wilson|
|Samuel Costa||Billy Mauldin|
|Garry Harris||Brooklyn Mooney||Hadassah Robbins|
Meet the Inaugural Class
The inaugural class of MSEEM program consisted of 11 full-time students, 5 of which were also MSEEM Fellows. These students entered the program in Fall 2019 and finished all of the requirements for their degree in Summer 2020.
Students come to the MSEEM program from a wide range of backgrounds. Some come straight from their undergraduate education, and some bring with them years of professional experience. Their undergraduate degrees are just as diverse, ranging from international affairs to environmental science to architecture. Hear some of their stories below, as well as written testimonials from some of the first-ever MSEEM Fellows and information about the Fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year.