Association Webinars: Energy Sector Recruiting and Career Advice Webinar Series #4



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.

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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.


Lena Nour, Human Resources Specialist - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Lena Nour is a Human Resources Specialist at FERC where she manages FERC's entry-level hiring program, recruitment & outreach as well as FERC's summer internship program. As the Summer Intern Program Manager, Lena oversees university partnerships, professional development workshops, FERC's mentor program and more. Lena began as an intern in 2015 and continues to develop a pipeline of interested applicants into a career at the Commission. Lena holds a B.A. in Political Science at George Mason University and a Master's in Public Policy at George Washington University.

Mary Wierzbicki, Director, Division of Energy Market Assessments, Office of Energy Policy & Innovation - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Mary Wierzbicki is the Director of the Division of Energy Market Assessments, Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She oversees staff assessments of the electricity and natural gas markets that FERC regulates, including analysis of market data, assessment of market trends, and effects of market rule changes. Mary has held a variety of roles at FERC, including technical advisor to FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur and on detail as a legislative fellow in the office of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, where she drafted legislation on transmission planning, siting, and cost allocation. Mary has a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in electrical engineering with a specialization in power systems.


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