Association Webinars: Energy Sector Recruiting and Career Advice Webinar Series #3



What skills are energy companies and regulatory agencies looking for in new hires and interns? How have they adapted their requirements after COVID-19? What jobs and experiences have led energy professionals to their present position? What career advice do they have for future energy leaders? In each episode of this webinar series, a recruiter and an energy professional will share their insights with undergraduate students who are interested in careers in the energy sector. Recruiters will discuss job and internship openings in their company or regulatory agency, as well as key skills that students should highlight to stand out from other applicants. Energy professionals will discuss their career path in the energy industry, as well as offer advice and perspectives on entering the energy industry.


Chiara Lo Prete is Associate Professor of Energy Economics in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State. Her research integrates economics, optimization and statistics to examine market structures that provide incentives for efficient operation and investment decisions in the electric power sector. Dr. Lo Prete and her research group have focused on the development of mathematical models and application of empirical methods to study cross-product manipulation, emission leakage, market structures to integrate variable energy resources, and resilience of interdependent natural gas and electric power systems. Dr. Lo Prete received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation, and an Early Career Researcher Award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She earned a B.A. in Economics (summa cum laude), a M.A. in Energy Economics, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. Before joining Penn State in July 2014, Lo Prete was a Ziff Environmental Fellow at Harvard University from 2012 to 2014.


Catherine McLean, Founder and CEO - Dylan Green
Catherine developed a passion for clean energy and technology in 2011. She worked at the United Nations developing relationships with governments on public-private partnerships and subsequently took a job as a Consultant at Acre Resources, a global recruitment firm focused on energy and sustainability. Catherine founded recruitment business McLean Ross in 2011, with a core focus on placing sales and marketing professionals within the energy and utility industry. In 2017, McLean Ross merged with global engineering recruitment business JDR Energy, creating JD Ross Energy. With a growing need for diversity in clean energy, Catherine launched Dylan Green in 2019, placing diverse professionals within the clean energy industry.

Anna (Ebers) Broughel, Renewable Energy Economist - Tetra Tech
Anna (Ebers) Broughel is a renewable energy economist at an engineering consulting firm Tetra Tech. Her most recent research reviewed over 60 international energy scenarios for 2040 and beyond, developing four main scenarios for post-COVID19 energy futures. Prior to joining Tetra Tech, she worked at the U.S. Department of Energy as a Science and Technology Fellow. During her post-doctoral training at the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland and at the University of Maryland, College Park, she researched social acceptance of wind energy and other energy technologies. She holds a PhD in economics and policy from the State University of New York in association with Syracuse University, where she was a Fulbright scholar. Currently, she serves as a council member for the U.S. Association for Energy Economics and is a non-resident fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. In the past, Dr. Broughel has taught classes in energy policy and climate change as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.


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