Isshu Kikuma

Isshu Kikuma

Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Energy and Environment
Certificate: Sustainable Systems Analysis
Project: Forecasts in distributed solar energy in NC, and LCA and a risk assessment of Ethylene
Coursework: Resource Economics, Energy Economics, and Sustainable Systems
Bachelor of Arts in Economics, magna cum laude, School of Business, AACSB Accredited May 2016
Bachelor of Arts in Geography
State University of New York at Geneseo
Minor: Environmental Studies
Certificate: Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development Jade Certificate for the environment
Honors: Golden Key International Honors Society, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Gamma
Theta Upsilon Honor Society

Professional Experience

KEEN Products LCA Researcher, Duke University, Durham, NC
Partner with KEEN and conduct LCA by comparing their regular sandals and eco version of the sandals. Research impacts on the water footprints of the products manufactured in China as well as researching other environmental and social impacts in their lifecycles. January 2017 - present
Chatham Park Sustainability Researcher, Duke University, Durham, NC
Partner with Schneider Electric and create a plan of establishing a smart-community in Chatham Park in North Carolina. Research social and financial returns of investment in energy efficient products in residential buildings by choosing appropriate products based on use cases. October 2016 - present
Unilever Competition Semi-Finalist, Net Impact Conference, Philadelphia, PA
Been chosen as one of the 6 teams in North America and presented our business idea of attracting digital customers while practicing sustainability and social responsibility to Unilever Executives. Researched Unilever’s environmental footprint in their operations and analyzed the environmental benefits of our business plan to reduce their environmental impacts. Fall 2016
Energy Team Intern, Greenpeace Japan, Tokyo, Japan
Updated database with changes in prices of electricity and the number of installations of Japanese renewable energy in preparation for the future liberalization of the electricity market in Japan. Contributed to the creation of datasets for conferences relating to restarting Japanese nuclear power plants, German utility system of renewable energy, and reporting on radioactive material for politicians and the public at the National Diet. Summer 2015
Solar Energy Workshop Instructor, Scouts Go Solar, the 23rd World Scout Jamboree, Japan
Organized workshops about solar energy and created solar “campfire” for 23,000 of participants from 155 countries with professionals in the solar energy field. Set up the parabolic solar device. Discussed potentials of solar energy with the United Nations Secretary for General’s Envoy on Youth. Summer 2015
Solar Energy Performance Research Intern, The Solar Foundation, Washington D.C.
Researched the Feed-In Tariff in the U.S., Germany and Japan and deepened understanding in the potential concerns of the Japanese FiT system. Collected data of the solar panel installation on roofs at schools and contributed to “Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools Report” published in 2014. Wrote letters to senators for a policy change proposal. Summer 2014

Additional Information

STATA, ArcMap (Geographic Information Systems), Gretl (Econometrics), Tableau


climate change
energy efficiency
environmental economics

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Entrepreneur / Start-up
Research Institute / Think Tank
State / Local Government