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Rising Professionals Event: Graduate School Panel

September 26, 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm

Free – $15

Join us to hear from women who are energy/environmental leaders on what they wish they’d known before applying to graduate school!

Calling all students, Rising Professionals, and anyone interested in continuing their education! Are you considering graduate school as the next step in your career? Then, join us for a Graduate School Panel on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 6:15 p.m. at Greentown Labs in Somerville, MA. Come hear from the women who are leading the energy and environmental fields on how their decision to attend graduate school (or not!) shaped their careers, and what they wish they’d known before they applied.

During the event you’ll hear from:

Dr. Gökçe Akın-Olçum – Dr. Akın-Olçum is an Economist with the Environmental Defense Fund, where she specializes in international climate policy and market-based environmental regulations. Additional areas of expertise include: economics of climate change, market-based environmental regulations, carbon market design, and simulation modeling. Dr. Akın-Olçum received her Ph.D. in Economics from Bilkent University (Turkey), her M.A. in Economics from Sabanci University (Turkey), and her B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Mathematics from Sabanci University.

Lydia Bowers – Ms. Bowers oversees People & Culture at Spyce Food Co., where she is responsible for building people policies and practices to help the company scale from one to multiple restaurants. She graduated from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor relations with a Masters Degree in December 2018. Before graduate school she oversaw People Operations for financial technology startup Ellevest in NYC. Bowers is an avid hiker, working on summiting all of NH’s 48 peaks over 4,000 ft, and a dog mom to two pups – Hugo and Hooper.

Kristen Carlisle – Ms. Carlisle is a Senior Development Engineer at Form Energy, where she is part of a team that is developing a new class of long-duration energy storage systems to make renewable energy available 24/7. Form Energy’s core technology was invented at MIT, and aims to provide a distributed, low-cost inventory of several days’ worth of electricity. Ms Carlisle’s technical specialties include synthesis and characterization of ceramic materials for energy storage applications but she is now shifting her efforts into building efficient and sustainable project management tools. Kristen received her B.S. in Chemistry from Carlow University.

Dr. Natalie Johnson – Dr. Johnson is a Managing Scientist at Exponent, a multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific consulting firm, where she provides technical support in a range of areas including contaminated sediments assessment and management, environmental chemistry and geochemistry, environmental forensics, cost allocation, and oil spill assessment. Dr. Johnson received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, her M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, and her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Brown University.

The panel will be moderated by Greentown’s own Katie Geusz!

Katie Geusz – Geusz supports the Strategic Partnerships team at Greentown Labs as Senior Manager. Her primary responsibility is to facilitate Greentown Launch, Greentown’s flagship internal accelerator. Geusz entered the energy management industry with over 5 years at Schneider Electric, where she earned her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and served on the Strategy Execution team. One of her favorite experiences at Schneider was serving as President of the Boston chapter of Schneider’s Emerging Professionals Network. Geusz holds a BBA in Economics & Finance from the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago, where she observed water management innovation in Lima, Peru, and researched the experiences of immigrant entrepreneurs onsite in Rome and Beijing.

Event Program:

6:15 – 7:00pm – Registration & Reception

7:00 – 8:15pm – Graduate School Panel

8:15 – 9:00pm – Closing Remarks & Networking

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about graduate school, and to network with NEWIEE and Greentown Lab’s diverse membership which spans a variety of disciplines within energy, efficiency, environment and renewables.

Register here. The event is FREE for Greentown members, $10 for NEWIEE members, $15 for non-members. Refreshments and adult beverages will be served!


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