EE Alumni

Graduates of the Energy & Environment program follow a diverse array of career paths. Many of our graduates work in the private sector at firms ranging from green technology startups to more established utilities and consulting firms. Others pursue fulfilling positions in government agencies and the nonprofit sector. 

Typical roles include enabling private-sector firms to think strategically about trends in science, technology, and policy; helping government and advocacy groups design and implement new programs; and working with regulatory and research groups to assess policy compliance and effectiveness.

The Nicholas School’s dedicated Career & Professional Development Center has three full-time staff members to help our graduates achieve their career goals. 


Here are just a few of the employers who have hired our alumni. 

  • Pacific Gas and Electric 
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Google
  • Facebook
  • North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association
  • Siemens Industry, Inc.
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Energy Policy Analyst
Chelsea Barnes is a Policy Analyst with EQ Research LLC, a research and consulting company she and her colleagues formed...
Assistant Project Manager - Sustainability
As the APM of Sustainability for The Walsh Group, Debbie is responsible for providing clients with strategic guidance on sustainable...
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Lead Program Manager
Eliza develops and manages strategic partnerships for National Grid within the New Energy Solutions department’s Partnerships & Joint Ventures team...
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Project Lead
Kathryn Eggers is the benchmarking program lead at Elevate Energy, a mission based organization that designs and implements programs that...
Vice President, Greenhouse Gas Programs
Since graduating from the Nicholas School in 2008, Zach has been active in North American environmental credit markets, with a...
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Policy Analyst
Stuart Iler has a broad set of professional experiences that span energy, environment, economics, and information technology. He is currently...
Product Manager- Sustainable Packaging Technology
Prior to Duke, Xander worked as a Beekeeper in the Peace Corps. Xander's connection with bees and the developing world...
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Katharine has been leading the Southeastern Wind Coalition since October 2015. She manages SEWC’s organization and programming across 11 states...
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Director of Innovation
Daniel is GridMarket's innovation czar, heading up product and process development across digital, organizational and product verticals. He leads design,...
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Portfolio Management Analyst
Phillip completed the MEM program with the hopes of transitioning into a career focused on sustainability and clean energy. Since...
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After graduating from Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment in May 2011, Karina moved to Rio de Janeiro and joined...
Data Scientist
Upon graduating from the Nicholas School in 2010, Patrick went to work for Efficiency 2.0 in New York, which ran...
Siemens Graduate Program
Mike is an energy professional with extensive experience in global product / solution management, and expertise in financial analysis, electric...
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Market Design Analyst
As a Market Design Analyst at PG&E, Maureen monitors the California electricity and greenhouse gas market performance to identify potential...
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Energy Analyst
Less than two months after graduating from the Nicholas School in May 2012, Patrick Reaves was at Luleå , Sweden,...
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Sidharth Sharma is an owner of Mobtown Fermentation- A Baltimore-based company focused on providing people with healthy beverages that are...
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Senior Consultant
Jason Symonds has over seven years of experience using economic analysis for cost-benefit testing and market assessments for energy efficiency...
Project Director
Tali Trigg works in the sustainable transport field, initially working for Duke University Global Value Chains Center, then the International...