Lina Khan

Lina Khan

Career Interests

Energy Analyst, Sustainability Manager, Corporate Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Health and Safety 
Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Energy and Environment
Certificate: Sustainable Systems Analysis
Master’s Project: Energy Storage Pathways to Meet California’s 2050 Greenhouse Gas Goals
Bachelor of Science, September 2014
University of California– San Diego
Major: Environmental Systems
Thesis: The Role of Cyclic Nucleotide Gated Channels in Osmotically Stressed Arabidopsis thaliana Plants
Study Abroad: Florence, Italy Summer 2014

Professional Experience

Energy Efficiency Intern, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, Raleigh, NC
Co-authored a $135,080 grant proposal to the Gold LEAF Foundation to initiate a hands-on solar energy internship program. Analyzed energy savings after the initiation of an energy efficiency program in ~80 low income homes in North Eastern North Carolina. May 2017 – July 2017 
Graduate Researcher, Duke University: Environmental Life Cycle Analysis & Decision (3 credit course), Durham, NC 
Conducted a life cycle assessment for one of REI’s products, and identified environmental ‘hot spots; shared results with client. Modeled environmental impacts of product using OpenLCA software and Excel, and created a bill of materials for supply chain analysis. Wrote an Environmental Product Declaration and presented recommendations to REI on how to increase product sustainability. January 2017 – May 2017
Graduate Fellow, Duke University: Duke Center for Sustainability and Commerce, Durham, NC
Researched and developed a detailed analytical report for USDA and US DOE of national and state level bioindicators within the Bioenergy and BioProducts US industry sectors. November 2016 – May 2017 
Data Management Specialist, 3E Company, Carlsbad, CA
Updated key information in 3E databases, downloaded and analyzed data for completeness, accuracy, and identified data trends. Classified chemical inventories and consumer products in accordance with federal and state regulatory guidelines under 49 CFR, IMDG, TDG, IATA and federal/state RCRA by using Safety Data Sheets (SDS). Created supply chain transparency for clients by managing, collecting, and indexing materials and products to regulations foreign and domestic: REACH, Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform Act- Section 1502 (Conflict Minerals), California Proposition 65. August 2015 – July 2016 
Lab Technician, Pathnostics, Toxicology Department, Irvine, CA
Triaged, processed, and tested ~250 patient samples a day for drug and alcohol content. Drafted, edited, and reviewed drug and alcohol test reports. Summer 2015
Undergraduate Researcher, University of California–San Diego: Cell & Developmental Biology, La Jolla, CA
Researched how mutant plants, unable to sense osmotic stress properly, react to various drought and water stress challenges. Utilized molecular biological tactics PCR, gel electrophoresis, and DNA cloning. Performed in-vivo experiments including husbandry of Arabidopsis thaliana plants, seed collection, and genotyping. Conducted physiological assays including the measurement of root morphology under sterile growth conditions, aerial tissue dry-down experiments, and controlled water restriction experiments. Sept. 2013- June 2014  
Management Intern, The City of San Diego: Environmental Services Department, San Diego, CA
Managed a $60K creek restoration project that cleared a creek of litter, transients, and non-native vegetation. Supervised Alpha Project crewmembers clearing vegetation; assisted crew in categorizing native and non-native plant species. Wrote status reports to the Office of Grants and Local Services of the State of California to inform the project’s budget expenditures and progress. Reviewed waste management plans, negative declarations, and environmental impact reports. Researched for a proposed beverage containers bill and a pharmaceutical product stewardship bill. Surveyed a three-story building due for renovation, and estimated the amount of salvageable and non-salvageable items in tons. August 2013- June 2014
Research Intern, Environmental Council of the States, Washington DC
Researched 2011 US enforcement and compliance data (CWA, CAA, RCRA) to create a report on federal and state enforcement actions. January 2013- March 2013

Additional Information

Unilever 2016 UniGames Challenge, November 2016
1 of 6 North American Semifinalists at 2016 Net Impact Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
NAEM 2017 Women’s Leadership Round Table, June 2017
1 of 4 to be awarded a Future Leader in EH&S Sponsorship at the NAEM Women’s Leadership Conference, Portland, Oregon.
Renewable Energy Markets (REM) Conference, October 2017
1 of 10 Student Fellows sponsored by NextEra Energy Resources at the REM 2017 Conference, New York City, NY
Co-President/ Communications Officer, Business and Environment Club–Net Impact– Nicholas School, Sept. 2016- Present
Treasurer, Energy Club– Nicholas School, March 2017-Present
Marketing Director/Vice President, Siblings Without Borders– University of California, San Diego Chapter, March 2011- June 2014
Languages Spoken - English, Urdu, Spanish, Italian, Hindi

Upon graduating in May 2018, I hope to use my Master in Environmental Management (MEM) degree from Duke University to have a leading role in the transition towards a more sustainable future, especially with clean energy.


business development
cost-benefit analysis
excel modeling
grant writing
project management

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Research Institute / Think Tank