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Nineteen Students Receive Energy Studies Minor Certificates

Nina Welding • DATE: May 31, 2018

The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) presented certificates to nineteen students who completed the Energy Studies Minor during the 2017-18 academic year at a ceremony on Friday, May 18, in the Atrium of Stinson-Remick Hall. The ceremony and reception kicked off a busy and exciting Commencement Weekend for the graduates and their families.

The invocation was led by Rev. Terrence Ehrman, C.S.C., Assistant Director for Life Sciences Research and Outreach in the Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing. The graduates were then addressed by Michael Ryan, assistant dean for academic affairs from the College of Engineering.

Following the conferral of certificates, Ginger Sigmon, managing director of ND Energy, highlighted a few of the energy experiences in which students participated for their capstone credits. Projects ranged from working with Student Government to increasing green energy knowledge here on campus to studying energy topics worldwide in places such as Iceland, Uganda, and the Dominican Republic.

Sigmon also read a testimonial from one of the students, describing the value of the minor in the student’s own words:

Pursuing the Energy Studies minor has been one of the best choices I have made at Notre Dame….The courses I took from the Energy Studies minor piqued my interest in these topics, and alerted me to their societal importance…The courses in the energy minor have shaped my interest in energy, and encouraged me to continue energy research into graduate school.”

This year’s graduates have a variety of paths mapped out for their future. Whether they enter an energy-based career, or move forward in life as more informed, passionate citizens, ND Energy hopes that their experiences here will guide them to make a difference in the world.

“All of us at ND Energy wish you, our graduates, the very best as you move out into the real world. We hope that you will all keep in touch and help us in our quest to mentor the next generation of energy leaders,” Sigmon said at the conclusion of the ceremony.

The Energy Studies Minor is housed in the College of Engineering, yet it is open to undergraduate students in all majors and colleges at the University of Notre Dame. Students may draw from both technical and non-technical resources to learn how to help move our country and the world toward a more sustainable energy future.

The academically diverse class of 2018 is listed below.

Gustavo Alberto Ariza Matos


Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


Majors: Finance, Economics


Future plans: Investment Banking Analyst at JP Morgan Chase
Rodrigo Benavides Martinez


Monterrey, Mexico

Major: Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics


Future plans: Data Scientist at Vector Casa de Bolsa
Andrew James Boushka


Houston, Texas

Major: Accountancy


Future plans: University of Notre Dame Masters in Accountancy
Rory T. Burke


Andover, MA

Major: Mechanical Engineering


Future plans: Systems Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton
Spencer Charles Clark


Andover, MN

Major: Physics, Glynn Family Honors Program,concentration in Advanced Physics


Future plans: Pursuing a position in energy consulting
John Higham


Poland, OH

Major: Chemical Engineering


Future plans: Process Engineer at ExxonMobil
Joseph Charles Jared


The Woodlands, Texas

Major: Environmental Engineering


Future plans: Graduate school at Texas A&M, studying sub sea engineering
Robert Leo Lucian

Cincinnati, OH

Major: Finance


Future plans: Risk and Compliance Consultant with Protiviti in Chicago
Austin W. Matheny-Kawesch


San Diego, California

Major: Economics (minor in the Hesburgh Program in Public Service)


Future plans: Working with the German Department in Berlin this summer, with hopes of working on sustainability policy in the future
Kevin Michael Mickan


New Orleans, LA

Major: Finance


Future plans: Financial planning and analysis for United Airlines

Abigail B. Mnes

Little Rock, AR

Major: Finance

Future plans: Discover Financial Services

Julia Christine Pucillo


Summit, NJ

Major: Finance


Future plans: Sales and Trading Associate at Guggenheim Securities (New York, NY)

John Julian Salvadore


San Antonio, TX

Major: Mechanical Engineering


Future plans: Master’s degree in Engineering Science in Sustainable Energy at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland

Benjamin William Schultz


Howell, Michigan


Majors: Chemical Engineering, Political Science


Future plans: Energy industry analyst in the Washington, DC area

Michael Robert Sinanian


Flushing, MI

Major: Mechanical Engineering


Future plans: Protection and Controls Engineer at American Electric Power

Kala Rene Sperbeck


Coldwater, Michigan

Major: Science-Business


Future plans: Hoping to implement sustainability initiatives in the Midwest

Declan Thomas Zidar


Glenview, IL

Major: Accountancy


Future plans: Financial Analyst at Amazon

Robert Georges Courtadon
*

Suffern, NY

Major: Political Science


Future plans: Working in state/local government, or for an environmental non-profit organization

John T. Feger
*

Louisville, KY

Major: Neuroscience Behavior


Future plans: Teaching middle school for Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE)

* Unable to attend the certificate ceremony.


— Koby Keck, ND Energy Center