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EAP Monthly Dispatch

July 24th, 2015

Dear Alumni, Students, and Friends,

Summer is in full swing, and there's nothing quite like summertime in Madison. The Terrace is hopping, the Farmers' Market is bursting with color, and every day new students are arriving to start their UW adventure.

Here on campus, the EAP team is spending the summer brainstorming how we can help build an ongoing dialog between the EAP program, students, alumni, and friends.

You can help us plan our alumni engagement programming by responding to the question we pose in each monthly dispatch. The question will appear in a large red box following my welcome letter. Clicking on the box will take you to a short online survey you can use to record your answer. Whether you are still enrolled in the EAP program or graduated decades ago, we’d love to hear from you and understand how EAP is playing a role in your life.

This month, we're soliciting questions for upcoming EAP surveys. We're interested in what you'd like to know about your peers in the EAP community.

If you ever have any other ideas for improving the EAP program, or if you would like to share your EAP experience with others, please feel free to reach out to us. We would love to hear your thoughts.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend. If you'll be in town, be sure to stop by the Union. There's a Terrace chair with your name on it.

Sincerely,

Professor Tracey Holloway
Energy Analysis and Policy Faculty Committee



Student Snapshot:
Alex Karambelas

 
This summer, EAP student Alex Karambelas is one of 54 participants in the prestigious Young Scientist Summer Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria. EAP and IIASA share a long history. EAP co-founding professor Wes Foell has worked with IIASA since the 1970s, and both EAP professors Tracey Holloway and Greg Nemet were summer students at IIASA in the 1990s and 2000s.

Alex in Austria, Summer 2015

At UW–Madison, Alex is a Ph.D. student in the Nelson Institute Environment & Resources program and an incoming student representative for EAP. Alex’s research employs satellite data and computer modeling to quantify rural versus urban contributions to health-damaging particulate matter in northern India. Describing her work, Alex says she looks at “how cost-effective emissions reductions policies may improve air quality in the future.”
 
In Austria, Alex will collaborate with experts from a wide range of fields, including energy, air quality, demography, and public health. She is excited that her summer fellowship allows her “to apply the best available data and methods to her work.”
 
Although Alex misses the beautiful Madison summer, she’s had fun exploring Vienna and has visited several art museums and the local opera house. Good luck with your research, Alex! See you in September.

Alex enjoying the view of the Austrian Alps, Summer 2015
Congratulations, 2015 graduates!

Eight wonderful students just graduated from the EAP program and they’re already off doing amazing things. From research and consulting to policy analysis and non-profit campaigns, the work these graduates are jumping into embodies the variety of opportunities available to those in the EAP community.
 


Dr. Greg Nemet with EAP graduates Eric O'Shaughnessy (left) and Carl Christiansen (right). (Photo courtesy of Eric O'Shaughnessy.)
 
Ben Kaldunski (M.S., Environment & Resources) is now a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy and Climate Assessment Team in Raleigh, North Carolina. To learn more about his work, visit Ben's personal website.

Eric O’Shaughnessy (M.P.A.) works as a renewable energy policy analyst with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.

Andy Behm (M.P.A.) is working in the Madison area as a legislative analyst for the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau.


Rob Stupar (M.P.A.) is currently working part-time as an independent consultant for RENEW Wisconsin and the Madison Area Bus Advocates. He is on the job market, willing to move anywhere, and even speaks German! Rob's ideal job would be working as a transportation or energy analyst with a consulting firm, think tank, or government agency. Find out more about Rob by visiting his
LinkedIn page.

Diving into his life-long goal of becoming a career politician, Carl Christiansen (M.P.A.) now works as an intern for U.S. Representative Dave Loebsack at his office in Iowa City. Carl hopes to run for office someday and promote sustainable energy and environmental policy. Click
here to view Carl's LinkedIn profile.

For three of our graduates, going to school is just too much fun.
 
Tim Lindstrom (M.S., Environment & Resources) will begin a Ph.D. program at UW–Madison this fall. He plans to continue his research in sustainability
curriculum development.

Xiaomeng Jin (M.S., Environment & Resources) will be heading to New York City to start a Ph.D. program at Columbia University where she plans to study the interactions among air quality, climate, and the biosphere.


Allison Cardiel (M.S., Environment & Resources, Chemistry) is a 2015 recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship will fund three more years of graduate study, which Allison will use to complete a Ph.D. program in materials chemistry at UW–Madison beginning this fall. To learn more about Allison's professional experience, visit her LinkedIn page.
 
Congratulations to all our 2015 EAP graduates! Thanks for making us proud.
 




2015 Energy Summit
Air and Energy: The Path Ahead for U.S. States
Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Air pollution remains a major health risk across the nation, despite improvements in U.S. air quality since the passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970. The 2015 Energy Summit will tackle the inherent challenges of meeting goals for both clean air and reliable energy from the perspectives of state regulators, industry experts, and researchers. The event will be held in Union South on the UW–Madison campus. Early-bird rate is $40 ($15 for students) and includes lunch and access to an evening reception.

When registering for the summit, be sure to RSVP for our EAP special event, The Future of Graduate Energy Education: Reflecting on the Energy Analysis and Policy Program (Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.). Registration is $10 and includes breakfast.
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