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Trinity alum Julian Spector (Staff Writer, Greentech Media) talks energy journalism with Duke students at a Power Lunch. 
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Marina Yakhnis (Renewable Energy Specialist, RTI International) (L) & Jessica Allen (Project Engineer, Duke Energy) (R) serve on a panel at our annual Women in Energy event, alongside fellow Duke alumnae Mirka della Cava (Senior Program Manager and Team Lead, Colorado Energy Office) and Chelsea Barnes (Director of Policy Services, EQ Research).  

Duke alumni in energy include early-career professionals as well as high-level decision-makers at prominent corporations, government agencies, and research organizations across the country. We’re all part of the effort to advance an accessible, affordable, reliable, and clean energy system. 

No matter where you live, what part of the sector you work in, or what stage you are at in your career, you have the chance to support the Energy Initiative and give back to Duke. Alumni participation enriches our energy community—creating learning experiences for students and collaborative opportunities for faculty and researchers.

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Trinity alum John Cheek (currently the Geoscience Region Manager for Europe, Russia and Caspian at ExxonMobil Production) intrigues Power Lunch attendees with a talk about energy outlooks for Norway and the Republic of Congo. 

Bring Your Expertise Back to Campus

  • Check out our events. Come to our regular Energy Mix to network with energy students, faculty and staff, and professionals from the region. Make plans to join us for Energy Week at Duke in November—it's an annual student-led event series exploring what’s next in energy. Or check out the many dozens of public talks and workshops on energy that Duke hosts throughout the year. 
  • Participate in a research project. Energy businesses, non-governmental organizations and agencies are participating in many energy research projects, including Bass Connections in Energy & Environment & Data+ project teams that include students and faculty from across the university.
  • Be a mentor, field trip host, speaker or team member. We welcome inquiries from alumni and other professionals who would like to mentor Duke energy students, share your expertise in a Power Lunch, speak to student energy clubs, host a Power Trip, or join a Bass Connections in Energy & Environment team. Contact Stacy Peterson, Senior Education Program Coordinator, at stacy.peterson@duke.edu or (919)684-1394 to discuss how you can get involved.
  • Consider us your connection to energy talent at Duke. Hiring? Looking for interns? Consider us your hookup for energy talent at Duke—more than 1.5K undergraduate and graduate students in a wide variety of degree programs. Send your listing to Stacy Peterson, Associate Director for Student and Alumni Engagement, at stacy.peterson@duke.edu.  
  • Contact us. Reach out to Suellen Aldina, Director of Engagement and Administration, at suellen.aldina@duke.edu or (919)681-4908 to discuss any other ideas or questions you have about engaging with our people, programs and other resources.


For more information on ways you can support the Energy Initiative, please visit our Support Us page or contact Mary Catherine Hall (Duke Development) at marycatherine.hall@duke.edu or (919) 613-4772.

Mailing Address

Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability
Box 90467
Durham, NC 27708

Street / Delivery Address

Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability
140 Science Drive
Gross Hall, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27708


  • Suellen Aldina
    Director of Engagement and Administration

    Suellen has more than 20 years' experience in the energy sector, finance, operations and contract negotiations.