Emily Davenport

Emily Davenport

Experienced mechanical engineering professional with technical mindset focused on cleantech start-ups and renewables integration.

Career Interests

Renewable energy and storage technology, energy efficiency, project management, electric power markets, cleantech startups

Employment Sought:


Masters of Environmental Management, 2018 – present
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Masters of Business Administration, 2018 - present
Fuqua School of Business
Duke University, Durham, NC
Bachelor of Science, 2008 - 2012
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Majors in Mechanical Engineering and International Relations and Politics
Graduated with university honors
Boeing Scholarship, Mechanical Engineering Recipient 2012
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, President 2011 – 2012
Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, President 2011
Kappa Alpha Theta, Member Dev. Comm., Risk Manager, VP Admin 2008 – 2012
Mechanical Engineering Department, Teaching Assistant 2009 – 2012

Professional Experience

Senior Mechanical Engineer 2017, Mechanical Design Engineer 2014 – 2017, Primus Power, Hayward, CA
One of two engineers in charge of mechanical design of balance of plant (electrolyte tanks, piping, structural components) for EnergyPod, company’s flagship product: a 25kW, 125 kWh zinc-bromine hybrid flow battery. Manage schedule, supply chain and logistics of balance of plant, electronics assemblies for production system. Complete fluid, structural analysis using tools from spreadsheet models to assembly finite element model. Decreased cost of balance of plant by over 75% while maintaining battery performance via design changes, strategic content deletion, supply chain optimization and supplier negotiations. Defined systems and performance requirements of balance of plant driven by system level fluid, chemical, electrical, thermal, packaging and manufacturing constraints. Worked with the technology and testing teams to bring pH control sub-system from conception to small-scale prototype to production system in under 6 months which dramatically increased the product stability. Pitched and implemented new interdepartmental task management and tracking software. 
Algebra and Geometry Teacher, Teach For America, Passaic, NJ
Selected as one of 100 Amgen Math and Science Fellows from among TFA’s 6,000+ teachers. Managed 4 teachers to create geometry final exam, worked with geometry focus team to map out curriculum. Collaborated with 3 Algebra teachers to create comprehensive lesson plans, notes, activities and test material. Tracked and analyzed student data to inform instruction, tailor lessons to students and improve student performance. 2012 – 2013
Vibrations and 737 Dynamic Loads Intern, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Everett, WA 
Head of parameter study analyzing dynamic ground loads on the 737NG horizontal stabilizer. Streamlined, augmented and implemented engine balancing tool to create generic balancing sensitivities. 2011
Kappa Alpha Theta Structural Chair, Booth Building Competition 
Acted as organization’s sole structural/engineer chair in charge of engineering plans, schedule, materials, logistics. Designed 650 sq ft, 2-story structure to building code, worked with structural experts to approve plans. Led, educated and organized a team of 90 women to safely construct a structure in under a week. Won 1st place in both the category competition and environmental award for the booth two years in a row. 2010 – 2012

Additional Information

Letters to Santa Program, Oakland International Community School 2004 – present
Work with teachers to receive letters and buy presents for children at underprivileged elementary school. Organize community members to help expand program beyond one classroom to entire school.
Tutor, Math and Science 2009 – present
Member, Young Professionals in Energy, Women in Cleantech and Sustainability
Languages: Fluent French, Conversational Spanish


business development
cost-benefit analysis
environmental economics
project management

Graduation Date

December 2020

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Entrepreneur / Start-up
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank