Student Ambassador Program
The Energy Institute Student Ambassador Program fosters connections and aims to build a community between the Powerhouse Energy Campus, the greater CSU campus and the general public.
The Ambassadors engage the community by providing tours of the Powerhouse facility and ongoing research, hosting events for students and the public, and supporting other energy-related campus organizations with their initiatives. The Ambassador Program includes undergraduate and graduate students, creating an internal community and offering a variety of professional development opportunities and leadership experience.
Meet the current Energy Institute Ambassadors:
“I am a fifth-year undergraduate student studying mechanical engineering in the Walter Scott College of Engineering. I have been a Powerhouse student ambassador for 3 years and have also been involved in research with the Volckens group, located in the third floor aerosols laboratory. My research there focused on building an automated system that quantifies the amount of black carbon particulates collected on gravimetric filters. This summer, I am completing a remote internship at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. In this this role, I am utilizing finite element analysis to study seismic effects on spent nuclear fuel casks. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors on skis, bikes, boards, and other fun toys!”
“My research is focused on energy production and water remediation through algae biofuels. I build process models and evaluate them through the lens of technoeconomic assessments and life cycle analyses. Algae biofuels are traditionally cultivated in way that consumes petroleum-based nutrients. The system I study uses algae to clean water that is impaired by excessive nutrients. The algae concentrates the nutrients from the environment, which helps prevent harmful algal blooms downstream and provides biomass fit for biofuels. Outside of grad school, I love spending my time mountain biking, skiing, or backpacking. My favorite part about being an ambassador is learning about the cutting-edge research from the students and faculty at the Energy Institute.”