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Meet the Current NREP Students

Raysan Alhamoud

Degree: Petroleum Engineering (B.S.) and Minor in Mathematics, University of Houston, 2018

Interests: Energy Transition, Circular Economics, Sustainability, and Net-Zero Emission.

Career Goals: I would like to have a professional career that enables an economic transition into a prosperous future in energy and sustainability

Work Experience: Reservoir Engineer in the Unconventional Resources Development Strategy & Reserves Division in Saudi Aramco

Personal interests: Movies, music, comedy, cooking, traveling and home improvement

Swaroop Atnookar

Degree: Energy Systems Engineering (M.Eng.), University of Michigan, 2019; Mechanical Engineering (B. Tech), Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, 2018.

Interests: Sustainable Energy Policy, Equitable Energy Infrastructure, Energy and Environmental Justice, Research Planning, Systems Dynamics.

Career Goals: I would like to have a career in researching policy impacts and design for energy infrastructure planning for decarbonization and energy justice.

Work Experience: Researcher (NREL).

Personal interests: Hiking, biking, painting.

Kayla Benson

Degree: Environmental Engineering (B.S.) and Minor in Public Affairs, Colorado School of Mines.

Interests: environmental Justice; environmental protection and stewardship; corporate sustainability and accountability; the transition into renewable energy.

Career Goals: incorporating my technical engineering background with a policy degree to make meaningful advancements towards a more sustainable future. Whether that be as a government official, a consultant, or a lawyer is still yet to be determined!

Work Experience: Environmental Department Intern at Kansas City Southern Railway in Kansas City, MO; Natural Resources Intern at CORE Consultants in Englewood, CO.

Personal interests:Traveling, film, hiking, music

Melissa Breathwaite

Degree: Environmental Engineering (B.S.), Civil & Environmental Engineering (M.S.), Colorado School of Mines.

Interests: Earth, energy, environment, and space infrastructure and policy; renewable energy; nuclear energy; energy transition; environmental protection and stewardship; environmental justice; life cycle analysis.

Career Goals: I would like to have a career in academia, research, and/or industry working in nuclear energy, policy, renewable energy transition.

Personal interests: Reading, enjoying the great outdoors.

Joe Casey

Degree: Geology (B.A.), California State University, 1983; Jurisprudence with an emphasis in Petroleum Land Management (B.A.), California University, 2017; Land Planning Studies, Georgetown University, 2019-2020.

Interests: Public policy; the physical transition of a hydrocarbon-based economy (and energy grid) to sustainable sources of power generation in the U.S. and around the world.

Career Goals: I would like to have a career in governmental affairs, and sustainability programs for conventional energy companies.

Personal interests: Cycling, skiing

Chiang Cheng Siew

Degree: Petroleum Engineering (B.S.) and Minor in Economics, Colorado School of Mines, 2021.

Interests: Energy policy in oil and gas industry, ESG operations, energy economics, environmental law, sustainable investment, risk management

Career Goals: I would like to have a career as an energy and policy analyst focused on the energy transition and ESG operations in the energy industry.

Personal interests: Rock climbing, traveling, exercising, volunteering

Weston DiBlasi

Degree: Secondary Education with an emphasis in Social Sciences (B.S.), University of Missouri: Columbia, 2022.   

Interests: Renewable energy, economic development, environmental and energy policy, and environmental preservation/protection.  

Career Goals: I would like to have a career in environmental and/or energy policy where I can use my degree and work with peers, as well as stakeholders, to develop more efficient and sustainable ways to utilize natural resources.  

Personal interests: Wrestling, hiking, adventures with my dog, rock climbing, spending quality time with friends and family. 

Tinzar Htun

Degree: Social Science (Sustainable Development) (B.A.), Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, 2014; Japanese (B.A.), Mandalay University of Foreign Languages (2010)

Interests: Energy-extractive Nexus; Resource federalism; Public Policy

Career Goals: I would like to have a career either in the private or public sector working on mining governance.

Work Experience: Consultant at The World Bank (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative); Researcher at Urbanize: Urban and Regional Planning (China-Myanmar Economic Corridor, Constitution); Research Officer at Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation (Constitution, Decentralization and Federalism)

Personal interests: Reading, Travelling, Dogs, Anime.

Bobby Iseley

Degree: Electrical Engineering (B.S.) University of Florida 2021
Interests: Equitable Energy Transition, Clean Energy Development, Grid Hardening, Microgrids, Energy Policy
Career Goals: I would like to analyze effective policies and technologies that promote an equitable clean energy transition.  
Personal Interests: Fishing, hiking, boating, climbing, cooking

Adam Keating

Degree: Political Science (B.A.), Temple University, 2014.

Interests: Strategic metals and minerals, sustainable logistics, mining, environmental restoration, developing countries, renewable energy resources

Career Goals: I would like to have a career as logistics leader in the mining industry.

Personal interests: Music, hiking, surfing, sailplanes, rock climbing

Oliver Miller

Degree: Environmental Science (B.S.) and minor in GIS, SUNY University at Albany, 2021.

Interests: Renewable energy, conservation, political policy related to the environment and renewables.

Career Goals: I would like to have a career where I can use my knowledge of environmental science and renewable energy to promote and instill policies related to the global switch from fossil fuels to sustainable energy.

Personal Interests: Hiking, Movies, Writing, Following Politics.

Anuja Oke

Conner O’Reilly

Degree: Geosciences (B.A.) and Minor in Government, Hamilton College, 2022

Interests: Sustainable mining, water policy and economics, science communication

Career Goals: I would like to have a career as a regulatory analyst, focusing either on mining operations or water quality.

Work Experience: Operations and R&D intern at Advanced Instruments LLC (Norwood, MA)

Personal interests: Travelling, hiking

Eric Payne

Degree: Genetics & Microbiology (B.S.), Purdue University, 2003.  MBA, Regis University, 2011. Registration to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office, 2005.

Interests: Renewable energy, economic development, energy policy, CCUS, impact investing, public-private partnerships (Bayh-Dole Act).

Career Goals: I would like to have a career in which I may leverage the power of energy policy to magnify and accelerate public investments in scientific research and development to promote energy transitions to sustainable infrastructure and renewable energy.

Personal interests: Road and mountain biking, Colorado history, hiking with my family.

Fitrah Pratama

Degrees: Geological Engineering, Bandung Institute of Technology, 2012

Interests: Critical metals and minerals, sustainable mining practices, mining governance, resource nationalism, ESG, state-captured corruption, green corruption, oligarchy government

Career Goals: I would like to have a career as a policy analyst focusing on the mining and energy fields and be part of the government, academic communities, and civil society groups to transform the groups into solid political power advocating sustainable mineral development amid various interests influencing policymaking.

Personal interests: Rock climbing, trail running, jump roping, adventure with my cat

Ben Rakov

Degree: Environmental Studies (B.A.) focus on Biology/Ecology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2010. 

Interests: Energy Transitions, Renewable Energy, Circular Economy, Clean Technology Investments and Startups, Sustainable Supply Chains

Career Goals:I would like to have a career in which I am at the intersection of the design side and the implementation side of sustainability. This program will help me develop a wide knowledge base in the appropriate areas to better facilitate productive interactions between the people with good ideas and the people who can help turn those ideas into real-world solutions. 

Personal interests:Traveling, camping, live music shows, sports, space exploration

Dwi Nuraini Siregar

Degree: Civil Engineering, Institut Teknologi Bandung, 2010

Interests: A deeper knowledge to understand the processes, drivers, threats and opportunities related to energy management and policy making including strategic fiscal scheme in order to create an attractive investment environment in Indonesia.

Career Goals: I would like to have a career as a policy maker/leader/advisor in energy sector, especially in Indonesia, while improving energy security, diversification and transition towards a more sustainable and clean energy.

Work Experience: Project engineer in civil engineering consultant & contractor; offshore engineer in multinational oil and gas EPC company; project management & maintenance division SKK Migas (Special Task Force in Upstream Oil and Gas Industry in Indonesia)

Personal interests: Traveling, movies, socializing.

Mary Twetten

Carla Villalobos

I was born in Lima, Peru. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universidad del Pacifico and have experience in natural resources and the mining industry. Also, I have previous work experience in the areas of Commercialization, Macroeconomics, and Finance. I am a Natural Resources and Energy Policy Master’s Candidate at Colorado School of Mines. I am excited to join the Mines Community and learn more about natural resources policies. I have interest in sustainable mining and in other relevant topics applied to the reality of Latin America.