Kellogg student chosen for renewable energy program

Olivia Exstrum, Campus Editor

A master’s student in the Kellogg School of Management was chosen to be a 2015 OneEnergy Scholar, a program that provides mentorship and networking opportunities for graduate students interested in renewable energy.

Nneka Uzoh was among six students chosen for the program.

The program is a collaborative effort between Net Impact, a nonprofit organization that works toward sustainability in business, and OneEnergy Renewables, a company that specializes in projects that use solar energy. The annual program began in 2011, said Kaitlyn Finegan, a spokeswoman for OneEnergy Renewables.

“Essentially they have mentor sessions and research projects in line with their field of study, and they pair with past graduates to accelerate their career,” Finegan said.

Uzoh is interested in the relationship between renewable energy and policy.

“I am passionate about energy because it is at the nexus of innovation, geopolitics, and business,” she said on her profile on the OneEnergy website. “More specifically, how energy companies adjust their practices to be more sustainable and innovative.”

Finegan said although the program is not a scholarship program, the networking the students engage in will last a “lifetime.”

“The clean energy industry is growing at a remarkable rate, and we’re looking to the next generation of inspired professionals to shape and sustain the future expansion of this sector,” said Bryce Smith, CEO of OneEnergy Renewables, in a news release.

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