Across the energy sector, women make up less than 30% of the workforce, but that is changing as more young women enter the sector and as the industry makes a concentrated effort to increase gender diversity. What's it like to be a woman working in energy? What can both male and female executives do to encourage more diversity in the sector? And what skills make any young professional well prepared for a career in energy? In coordination with Duke Women's Weekend, the Duke University Energy Initiative and the Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE) at Duke's Fuqua School of Business invited four alumnae to share their thoughts on these questions with energy students at Duke.
Jonathan Phillips, director of Duke University's new Energy Access Project, outlines key insights shared by energy access experts from around the world at the project's launch event in Washington, DC. Phillips includes embedded videos so you can watch segments of the event. You can also view photos and live tweets from the event here.
Highlighting the event agenda was a keynote address by Jim Rogers, former CEO and chairman of the board for the electric utility Duke Energy and an advocate for universal electricity access. With his wife M.A. Rogers, he gave $1.5 million that was matched with $750,000 from the Bass Connections Challenge to support the project’s goal of accelerating deployment of sustainable energy and empowering the world through expanded energy access.
The Energy Access Project is a collaboration among the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the Duke University Energy Initiative, the Sanford School of Public Policy, Bass Connections, and the Nicholas School of the Environment.
Peter Haff (Professor Emeritus, Pratt School of Engineering) and Dan Richter (Professor, Nicholas School of the Environment) co-authored one of the top ten most-downloaded articles of 2017 in the journal Earth’s Future. Their paper, “The Anthropocene: a conspicuous stratigraphical signal of anthropogenic changes in production and consumption across the biosphere” assesses human impact on the production and consumption of biomass and how it compares to other significant events in geological history. The paper had more than 8,000 downloads last year.
Carrie Horton (MS '00), Vice President of Anadarko’s DJ Basin Development in Colorado, was profiled in The Greeley Tribune. She received her Master's in Geology/Earth Science from Duke University and immediately started working for Anadarko after they were recruiting on campus. Horton's curiosity for knowledge and a relentless desire to keep learning has enabled her to work her way up to her current role managing multidisciplinary teams to develop Anadarko's assets in the DJ Basin.
Each spring, the Nicholas School of the Environment (with support from the Duke University Energy Initiative) runs a field trip course to introduce two dozen graduate students to California energy companies and facilities. All students on the trip are pursuing degrees in the Master of Environmental Management (MEM) program. What follows is an account of our 2017 trip!
Rico Friedrich, a postdoctoral research associate at Duke University, has been chosen to receive a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. Friedrich works in Stefano Curtarolo's lab at the Pratt School of Engineering. His work focuses on determining the formation energies of semiconductor and insulator materials.
Xin Li, professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at both Duke and Duke Kunshan University, is working to fix some of the most fundamental problems currently faced by self-driving car technology in order to eventually reduce motor vehicle deaths. Instead of waiting for cars on the road to fail and therefore learn how to correct those errors, Li’s team has a unique approach that creates these scenarios using intelligent computer programs. Li works in both the U.S. and China and has discussed the problems and possible solutions of self-driving cars with Chinese automakers.
MBAs with a concentration in environmental management and sustainability, often called “Green MBAs” are unique in that they focus specifically on the intersection of sustainability and business success and ethics. The Fuqua School of Business at Duke offers MBA students a concentration in Energy & Environment as well as and a three-year joint MBA/Master of Environmental Management degree. Fuqua students have an Energy Club as well as host an annual Energy Conference.
Alex Marchyshyn (MEM/MBA) interviewed Chris Benjamin (MEM '95), Director of Corporate Sustainability at PG&E, to learn about the gas and electric utility’s perspective on climate change and what the company is doing to mitigate risk. Benjamin explained that PG&E’s customers want them to be a "climate solutions provider” and that the C-suite has supported legislative action.
Deb Gallagher (associate professor, Nicholas School of the Environment) edited a recently published book titled Innovation in Environmental Leadership. The book offers thought-provoking case studies and scholarly analysis written by leading scholars and practitioners from around the globe. It includes a variety of emerging perspectives, including post-heroic approaches, systems thinking and critical leadership studies. Chapter topics include leadership in addressing climate change.
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