Samantha M. Childress

Samantha M. Childress

Career Interests

Business Development, Microgrid & Distributed Energy Project Development, Energy Access

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Energy & Environment
Certificate: Sustainable Systems Analysis
Coursework: Electric Power Markets, Energy Modeling, Lifecycle Assessment, Energy Economics & Policy, Petroleum Exploration, Energy Technology & Impacts. 
Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, May 2016
Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
Major: Appropriate Technology
Minor: Sustainable Development
Certificate: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Coursework: Solar Photovoltaic Technology, Wind & Hydro Technology, Sustainable Building Design, Building Mechanical Systems, Sustainable Transportation

Professional Experience

Solutions Architect Intern, Microgrid Competency Center, Schneider Electric, Nashville, TN
Proposal Development: Supported and contributed to microgrid design and proposal submission for dozens of clients including Utilities, Military Bases, and Commercial & Industrial customers.
Modeling: Modeled Solar PV & Battery Energy Storage using Energy Toolbase based on needs of C&I customers. | Continuing internship into Fall 2017 semester remotely.
May 2017- Present
Board of Directors, United Solar Initiative, Chapel Hill, NC
Project Management: Organized and oversaw solar PV installation projects at community centers in Nicaragua with NC based nonprofit organization, United Solar Initiative and Appalachian State students. Work involved planning, sourcing materials, managing work crew, and leading volunteers to ensure high quality and on-time PV installation.
Operations & Maintenance: Responsible for quarterly communication with Nicaraguan community leaders to ensure installed systems function properly. 
Intern Manager: Oversaw tasks, responsibilities, and deliverables of summer intern. 
Research Assistant, Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI), Duke University,  Durham, NC  
Research: Performed systematic review of literature on clean energy adoption to identify research and knowledge gaps alongside Duke faculty and student research team.
Conference Planning: Coordinated logistics for several events bringing together researchers, students, and private industry in the energy access sector.
Market Research Analyst Intern, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, Raleigh, NC
Stakeholder engagement: Interviewed clean energy business leaders and clean energy adopters to compile a survey understanding consumer motivations for purchasing renewable energy.
Data modeling: Contributed to the Annual Southeast Clean Energy Census by compiling survey responses from clean energy businesses into spreadsheets for modeling growth in the industry.
Research/Writing: Assembled literature review of utility scale PV on agricultural land for North Carolina Department of Agriculture Report. 
Summer, 2016
Data Management Chair, Renewable Energy Initiative at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC  
Project Finance Management: Elected Board Member for Appalachian State’s Renewable Energy Initiative (REI), a student organization responsible for managing $70,000 per semester in student fees to install and maintain renewable energy systems on campus.
Committee Chair: Responsible for monitoring and visualizing the output of energy from the 14 renewable energy systems, installing sensors to measure energy metrics, and leading committee meetings as Data Management Chair. 
Energy Specialist Intern, Home Energy Solutions of the Triad, Greensboro, NC
Performed home weatherization (air sealing, new insulation installation, blower door and duct blaster testing), assessed historic homes for efficiency improvements, updated client lists for future marketing and customer relations improvements. Summer, 2015

Additional Information

Proficient: Microsoft Excel, ArcGIS, ENVI, openLCA, STATA | Basic Knowledge: AutoCAD, Building Information Modeling (BIM), System Advisor Model (SAM), Hybrid Optimization of Multiple Energy Resources (HOMER)
Honors and Activities
US Green Building Council North Carolina Rob Eggers Memorial Scholar, 2016, Member of North Carolina Association of Environmental Professionals (NCAEP), Four Year Letterwinner for Appalachian State Women's Soccer (2012-16), Duke Women's Soccer Video Coordinator (Present)


business development
energy efficiency
excel modeling
project management

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Entrepreneur / Start-up