Vanessa C. Ferrero

Vanessa C. Ferrero

Career Interests

renewable energy development, international energy, energy access
Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Energy and Environment
Courses: Energy Technology and Environmental Impact, Markets for Electric Power, Energy Modeling, Economic Input-Output Life Cycle Analysis, Energy Economics, Clean Energy Finance.
Certificate: International Development Policy
Courses: Economic Analysis of Development, Public Finance, Community-Based Environmental Management
Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 2016
Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University: Tempe, AZ
Major(s): Chemical Engineering and French
Minor: Italian
Certificate: Energy and Sustainability.

Professional Experience

Research Assistant, Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative, Duke University
Assist in the formation of an inclusion set for a systematic review of energy access literature by checking identified articles against predetermined criteria to discern if eligible and relevant for the review. June 2017-Present
Design Engineer Intern, Southland Engineering, Tempe AZ
Summer 2015
Instructor Aide/Grader, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Arizona State University
The Role of Big Data Analytics in African Electrification
Identify which value streams can be made available through the use of big data as African countries continue to develop, particularly regarding customer energy use data that could be collected. Show how a company could include big data/machine learning in its business model. Client: Aspire Power Solutions. Master’s project, work in progress.
Coordinated Operations of Flexible Coal and Renewable Energy Power Plants: Challenges and Opportunities
Report for UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy, done as an independent study in collaboration with a student, professor, and US EPA post-doc fellow. Analyzed feasibility of projects to reduce CO2 emissions and increase renewable integration. Identified technology candidates and assessed potential for implementation in region. Created cost models for coal plant retrofits/new builds with CCS, IGCC plants with/without CCS, and CCS paired with wind to offset energy penalties. Publication and discussion during UNECE meeting expected in October 2017.

Additional Information

African Environment Initiative, Communications Director
Engage members through social media to encourage event attendance and page interaction. Improved web development skills using the WordPress platform, gain familiarity with page building, templates, posts, etc. Help plan and execute events, taking care of logistics such as room reservations, catering, advertising, etc. Create an operations manual for club leadership to aid in leadership transitions and ensure knowledge is passed on efficiently for club sustainability. May 2017-Present.
Black and Latino Club, Digital Content Editor
Manage BLC’s website presence by updating website content to reflect club events, highlighting students, faculty, and staff with connections to black and Latino communities, and developing content to connect incoming students to resources such as scholarships and on-campus organizations. January 2017-Present.
Global Energy Access Network, Member
Network of students with interest in energy access issues; group works to bring guest speakers to the university and hold more intimate gatherings with working professionals and visiting scholars. 2016-Present.
Member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi.
Proficient in Excel, including linear programming, optimization, MonteCarlo simulations, and macros.
Proficient in STATA, including regression analysis and panel models.
Languages: Spanish (fluent), French and Italian (proficient), Portuguese and Arabic (basic).


excel modeling
international development policy
presentation development
project management

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

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