Meet the Current NREP Students



Karen R. DeAguero received her B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 2018. She is interested in earth and environmental policy related to the extractives industry and agriculture. I am excited to learn about how to best use policy to guide industry leaders and government agencies to a more sustainable future. Outside of classes, she love to sing, play piano, camp, hike, ride horses, go to target practice, and be with my dog.




Benjamin Ikewun earned his in Geology from Obafemi Awolowo University ,Ile- ife, Nigeria in 2010. He is very interested in Energy Politics because the state of the economy and the economic growth of every country is dependent on its ability to acquire and manage energy resources and this is directly related to the political stability and policies of the country. He is also interested in International development and political risk assessment. Outside of academics, he is interested in football and travel.



John Jameson received his B.A. in Geography, Public Policy, and Spanish from Syracuse University in 2010. He is interested in furthering modeling and quantitative analysis skills in the context of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and environmental justice. His interests outside of academics overlap with many Coloradans: avid biker, outdoor enthusiast, and general travel junkie. He enjoys activities that keep me active and build bonds with people and places.



Vadana Koelsch received her J.D. from University of Colorado School of Law in 2002, her M.S. in Hydrology from University of Arizona in 1997, and her B.S. in Geology from University of Alabama in 1994. Her interest in the program include policy at intersection of energy, law, and innovation. Beyond work and school, she has 9-year old twins.





Cassie Kraft received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 2017. Her program interests include energy policy, especially for renewable and alternative energies. Beyond academics, she is interested in languages and outdoor activities.






Kirsten Marble received her B.S. Environmental Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in December of 2018. Her academic interests include oil & gas regulations and climate policy. Outside of academics, she enjoys hiking, travel, and music.






Madelene McDonald received her BA in Global Studies from Loyola University Maryland in 2018 with duel minors in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Business Administration. Her program interests include waterway restoration and conservation. Beyond academics, she enjoys hiking, skiing, basketball, and gardening