Vanessa Ferrero

Vanessa Ferrero

Career Interests

international energy; energy policy; renewable energy development

Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Energy and the Environment
Certificate in International Development Policy, Sanford School of Public Policy, May 2018
Courses: Modeling for Energy Systems, Power Markets, Energy Technology, Economic Input-Output Life Cycle Analysis, International Development, Community-Based Environmental Management.
Bachelor of Science in EngineeringBachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, May 2016
Barrett, Honors College at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 
Majors: Chemical Engineering; French. Italian Minor.
Certificate in Energy and Sustainability
Courses: Energy Policy, Energy in the Global Arena, Biomass Energy Conversion Technologies.

Professional Experience

Report for the UN Economic Commission for Europe Committee on Sustainable Energy
Assisting with a report analyzing the possibilities for flexible coal use in the region by coupling new or existing coal plants with some form of renewable energy. Part of an independent study during Spring 2017.
Duke Global Challenge Competition, partnered with Oxford’s Global Challenge
Developing a case study on energy access in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. February 2017.
Grader and Instructor Aide, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences Arizona State University
Explained concepts to students with non-technical backgrounds. Tailored learning for each student and persistently sought clarity by approaching problems from different angles. Learned to be flexible with presentation of ideas. Efficiently completed tasks and returned papers in a timely manner. 2012-2016.
Design Engineer Intern, Southland Engineering, Tempe, AZ
Exercised flexibility in a work environment where tasks and responsibilities were constantly evolving. Applied previous technical knowledge to produce spreadsheets for company-wide use. Helped prepare a reclaim water optimization proposal for Freescale Semiconductor and demolition plans for the repurposing of an Apple manufacturing plant. Gained new technical skills and used novel software. Summer 2015.

Additional Information

Technical Skills
Advanced Excel for system optimization, data analysis, MonteCarlo simulations. Proficient in STATA for regression analysis including panel models. Basic working knowledge of VBA and Matlab.
Leadership and Involvement
Project Manager, Global Energy Access Network
Group working to produce an Energy Access Index to measure energy access worldwide. The project management team oversees the work done by research assistants on the data collection for the index.
Event Planner, Africa Environment Initiative
Responsible for contacting speakers and coordinating the Bagged Lunch series.
Web Manager, Black and Latino Club
Ensure the website is up to date with information on events and speakers and scholarship opportunities.
Vice President, Barrett Leadership and Service Team
Ran committee collaborating with college staff on the planning and execution of signature college events. Four-year member, dedicated to service for the college and for the greater Tempe community. 2015.
Member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi.


community-based management
excel modeling
international development policy

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO