Past College Student Interns

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Since 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy college student internship program has provided more than 30 Native American undergraduate and graduate students with first-hand experience working on tribal renewable energy projects and direct exposure to issues concerning tribal renewable energy technology use and application. Find details about the interns and download their research papers below.

Student NameTribeDegreesYearsResearch Papers
Kathryn HallTurtle Mountain ChippewaM.S. Chemical Engineering, University of North Dakota; B.S. Chemical Engineering; University of North Dakota2017Solar Energy Technologies and the Utilization on Native American Tribal Lands
Teri AlleryTurtle Mountain ChippewaM.S. Construction Management, North Dakota State University; B.S. Civil Engineering, North Dakota State University; A.S. Engineering, Turtle Mountain Community College2017Renewable Energy Technologies for Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indian Reservation
Diana FullerM.A. Sustainable Development and Policy, University of Illinois Springfield; B.S. Renewable Energy and Economic Public Policy and Native American Studies, Illinois State University2016Identifying Sustainable Design Opportunities in Tribal Hotels and Casinos Focus: Mescalero Inn of the Mountain Gods Hotel & Casino
Rachael GutierrezM.A. City and Regional Planning, Pratt Institute's School of Architecture; B.A. International Relations - Latin American and International Business, Boston University2016An Asset-Based Approach to Tribal Community Energy Planning
JoDonna JohnNavajoB.S. Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University; A.S. Sustainable Systems/PV, Navajo Technical University2015Building Geothermal Greenhouse Potential for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Brittany AnsteadHaliwa-SaponiM.S. Natural Resources and Environmentals, Sustainable Systems, University of MIchigan; B.S. Environmental Technology and Management, North Carolina State University2015Methods for Tribal Sustainable Development, Adaptation and Mitigation of Climate Change through a Sustainability Framework
Kimberlynn CameronStanding Rock SiouxB.S. Geological Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; M.S. Engineering Management/Sustainable Energy Minor, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology2015-2016Microbial Fuel Cell Possibilities on American Indian Tribal Lands
Len NeceferNavajoB.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas; Ph.D candidate in the Engineering and Public Policy Department at Carnegie Mellon University2014-2016Identifying Barriers and Pathways for Success for Renewable Energy Development on American Indian Lands
Tommy JonesAleut and CherokeeB.S. Biology and Spanish, Oklahoma City University; M.A. Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science, University of Hawaii at Hilo; Ph.D in natural resources studies and minoring in American Indian studies, University of Arizona2014-2016Identifying Barriers and Pathways for Success for Renewable Energy Development on American Indian Lands
Rachael GutierrezYomba Shoshone TribeB.S. International Relations with a Concentration in Latin America and International Business 2012An Asset-Based Approach to Tribal Community Energy Planning
Nora CataSeneca-CayugaM.S. Environmental Studies, San Jose State; B.A. Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Barbara2012Residential Solar Energy on the Navajo Nation
Chelsea CheeNavajoM.S. Community and Regional Planning and Public Administration, University of New Mexico; B.S. Environmental Studies, University of Arizona2012; 2011Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Benefits Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla via Implementation at Their Indian Canyons Trading Post
Colleen CooleyNavajoM.S. Climate Science and Solutions, Northern Arizona University; B.S. Environmental Studies, Northern Arizona University2012Mitigating Climate Change on a Tribal Level
Tammie AllenJicarilla ApacheM.C.R.P. Community & Regional Planning, Emphasis Environmental and Natural Resource Planning, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico; B.A. Humanities, Cum Laude, College of Santa Fe, Albuquerque, New Mexico 2011Improving Sustainability, Conservation, and Economic Development Utilizing Off-Grid Ecolodge: Ramona Band of Cahuilla Mission Indian Reservation Case Study
Gepetta BillieNavajoM.C.R.P. Community & Regional Planning, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico; B.A. Environmental Planning & Design, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico; A.A.S. Civil Engineering Technology, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico 2011; 2010; 2009; 2008Renewable Energy: Planning for Sustainability & Self-Determination for the Navajo Nation
Devin DickNavajo2011Suggested Alternatives for Navajo Tribal Utility Authority: Utilizing Excess Power Generated by Stored Hybrid Units
Joni FuenmayorNavajoA.A.S. Energy Systems, Navajo Technical College, Crownpoint, New Mexico; B.A. Studio Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire 2010What's in a Watt? An Exploration of the Basic Electrical Relationship Between a Residential Photovoltaic System and an Appliance
Prestene GarnenezNavajoM.A. Urban Planning, University of California-Los Angeles, California; B.S. Biology and minor in Mathematics, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico 2010; 2009Green Gas Stations: A Guide for Tribally Owned Gas Stations
Logan SlockHopi/ChoctawB.A. Liberal Arts with focus in Environmental Studies, Johnson State College, Johnson, Vermont2010Achieving Overall Betterment of Energy Resource Use in Tribal Communities
Suzanne SingerNavajoPh.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of California Berkeley, California; M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California Berkeley, California; B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona2009; 2008
Amanda MontoyaTaos/SanJuan/Isleta PuebloM.C.R.P. Community & Regional Planning, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico; B.A. Business Administration, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico2008Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiatives on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation
Carson PeteNavajoM.S. Mechanical Engineering, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona; B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona2008North Leupp Family Farms Project: Agriculture Systems Using Photovoltaic Cells and Small Wind
Terry BattiestChoctawB.S. Industrial Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder; Graduate student in Telecommunications, University of Colorado Boulder 2007; 2006 Enhancing Monitoring and Reporting of Residential Renewable Energy Systems on the Navajo Nation; Navajo Tribal Utility Authority Solar Program System Data and O&M Initiative for DOE Solar Technologies Database;
Nick JohnsonThree AffiliatedUndergraduate student in mechanical engineering, University of Colorado Denver2007Sustainability of Small Wind Turbines on Native American Tribal Lands
Cherilyn WilsonNavajoUndergraduate student in biology and environmental science, Oklahoma Panhandle State University2007The Ecological Effects of a Native Wind Energy Project
Jonathan BironSault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians)Undergraduate majoring in Engineering, Michigan State University2006Tribal Renewable Energy Integration: An Analysis of Current Tribal Infrastructure
Lani TsinnajinnieNavajo/FilipinoUndergraduate student majoring in Environmental Science, University of New Mexico2006Benefits of Renewable Energy for Native Nations from the Environmental and Native Perspective
Jennifer CootsNavajoM.B.A. Finance, University of New Mexico. Her research focused on tribal mortgage financing of renewable energy systems.2005; 2004A Decade of Changes to an Alternative Power Source for a Rural Utility
Tanya MartinezMi'kmaqB.S. Electrical Engineering; Power engineering graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Lowell 2005Remote Monitoring System Design: Sustainable Systems for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority
Deborah TewaHopiB.S. Indigenous Studies, Northern Arizona University. Her research focused on the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) reliability database for off-grid photovoltaic systems.2005; 2004; 2002NativeSUN: A Model for Sustainable Solar Electric Systems on Indian Lands
Colin BenNavajoM.A. American Indian Studies, University of Arizona2004Researching Renewable Energy Systems Available to Indian Country
Benjamin MarCherokeeB.S. Electrical Engineering, Worchester Polytechnic Institute2004Navajo Tribal Utility Authority: Photovoltaic Hybrid Operation and Maintenance Process for a Sustainable Program
Keith CandelariaSan Felipe/JemezB.S. Environmental/Earth Science, Dartmouth College2003Native American Renewable Energy Approaches: Navajo Tribal Utility Authority and NativeSun
Velissa SandovalNavajo/ZuniB.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Denver2003Women Champions in Solar Energy
Shaun TsabetsayeZuniGraduate student in electrical engineering, University of New Mexico; B.S. Electrical Engineering 2003Navajo Tribal Utility Authority: Electrification Demonstration Program Developing a Sustainable Tribal and Rural Cooperative Solar Program

DOE Indian Energy Internship Program: Cultivating Indian Energy Leaders

DOE Tribal Internship Program: Cultivating Indian Energy Leaders
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