2015 C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium

Congratulations to the 2015 C3E Award Winners!


The goal of the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium is to provide women in clean energy with a range of perspectives on clean energy challenges and opportunities. It also provides a forum for networking. It is our hope that the symposium helps to build a sustained national and international community of professionals dedicated to advancing the careers and goals of women in clean energy.

The Fourth Annual C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium was held in Cambridge, MA on November 4-5, 2015. The theme this year was Leveraging Megatrends for a Clean Energy Future. Details about this event are included within this page.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Wednesday, November 4


Issues Framing

Robert C. Armstrong, Director, MIT Energy Initiative

Paula Hammond, David H. Koch Professor in Engineering and Department Head, Chemical Engineering at MIT


Cutting Edge Research on Women, Energy, and Leadership

Moderated by Barbara Kates-Garnick, Professor of Practice and Senior Research Fellow, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, Fletcher School, Tufts University

Rebecca Pearl-Martinez, Research Fellow & Head of the Renewable Equity Project, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP), Fletcher School, Tufts University
Bipasha Baruah, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, Western University
Courtney Tanenbaum, Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research (AIR)


Award Deliveries

Presentation of the Government Award by Maja WesselsExecutive Vice President, Global Public Affairs, First Solar to Carla Joy Peterman, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission


Presentation of the Advocacy Award by Seth Weissman, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, SolarCity to Dawn Lippert, Founder and Director, Energy Excelerator


The Energy/Water Nexus

Moderated by Mary Anne Sullivan, Partner for the Energy Regulatory Practice, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Diana Bauer, Director, Office of Energy Systems Analysis and Integration, EPSA at U.S. Department of Energy
Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Natasha C. Wright, Doctoral Candidate, Global Engineering and Research Lab, MIT

Thursday, November 5



Melanie Kenderdine, Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, US Department of Energy (Slides)


Award Deliveries

Presentation of the Business Award by Lisa Frantzis, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, Advanced Energy Economy to Grace Overlander, Manager of New Product Introduction, Tesla Motors


Presentation of the International Award by Christine Eibs Singer, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, United Nations to Anya Cherneff, Executive Director, Empower Generation


The Transition to a Low-Carbon Future

Moderated by Amy Francetic, Chief Executive Officer, Clean Energy Trust

Lisa D. Cagnolatti, Vice President, Business Customer Division, Southern California Edison
Leslie Labruto, Director of Resilient Communities, Clinton Foundation
Jeanette Pablo, Senior Advisor – Electricity, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy


Undergraduate Student Lightning Presentations

  1. Metabolic Engineering for Optimized 4-Methyl-Pentanol Synthesis – Reva Butensky, MIT
  2. Effectively Transparent Front Contacts for Solar Cells – Aleca Borsuk, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  3. Verifying Tritium Release Models – Anastasia Korolov, Tufts University
  4. Methane Inhibition from Anaerobic Digestion to Microbial Fuel Cells – Ayella Maile-Moskowitz, University of Maryland, College Park
  5. Renewable Energy from Ocean Currents: Assessing the Energy in the Gulf Stream – Isabella Pinos, Florida Atlantic University
  6. Magnetics for High-Frequency Power Converters – Julia Belk, MIT
  7. Oxygen Reduction Reaction with Manganese (III) Hangman Porphyrin – Mengting Qiu, Harvard College
  8. Degradation of Polyethylene Under Accelerated Conditions – Olga Eliseeva, Case Western Reserve University
  9. Understanding the Luminescent Properties of Lanthanide Metal Coordination Polymers for the Development of Tough Underwater Coatings – Caroline Liu, MIT

Award Deliveries

Presentation of the Law & Finance Award by Britt Ide, President, Ide Law and Strategy, PLLC to Alina Zagaytova, Assistant General Counsel, First Solar


Presentation of the Entrepreneurial Award by Ellen Morris, Energy and Environment Faculty, Columbia University and President, Sustainable Energy Solutions to Erica Mackey, Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer, Off.Grid:Electric Ltd.

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Lifetime Achievement Award Delivery

Presented by: Nancy Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Investors and Dian Grueneich, Senior Research Scholar, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force, Stanford University to Mary NicholsChair, California Air Resources Board


Clean Energy Technology Frontiers

Moderated by Karina Edmonds, Executive Director for Corporate Partnerships, California Institute of Technology

Leslie Dewan, Co-founder and CEO, Transatomic Power
Nancy Haegel, Center Director, Materials Science, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Tara Hemami, Cummins Research & Technology
Angela Belcher, W.M. Keck Professor of Energy, MIT


Award Deliveries

Presentation of the Research Award by Sydney McNiff-Johnson, Senior Advisor, Global Energy Practice, Dentons to Jessica Granderson, Research Scientist and Deputy of Research Programs, Building Technology and Urban Systems Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)


Presentation of the Education Award by Kristina Johnson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cube Hydro Partners, LLC to DaNel Hogan, Director, The STEMAZing Project, Office of the Pima County School Superintendent


Poster Competition Awards

  1. Rose Sobel, University of Houston – GeoThermH2O: Producing Water from Produced Water
  2. Emily Beagle, University of Wyoming – Co-firing of Beetle Kill Biomass in Existing Coal Fired Power Plants in the Western United States
  3. Sunav Shrestha, University of South Dakota – Solar Energy Conversion of Waste Water into Hydrogen as a Renewable Fuel

Special Commendation

Presented by Rose McKinney-James, Managing Principal, Energy Works to Kathy SwartzExecutive Director, Solar Energy International


Closing Remarks

Maria Zuber, Vice President for Research, and E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics, MIT

Lourdes Melgar, Deputy Secretary of Energy for Hydrocarbons, Mexico

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Thank you to the following sponsors of the 2015 C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium.

Leading Sponsors


Shell is proud to support the 2015 C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium. We have long recognized both the importance of the climate challenge and the critical role energy has in enabling quality of life for people across the world; wherever they live. But our energy system is changing to meet greater demand and environmental stresses.

The challenge is how to provide “more energy and less CO2”. Broadly aligned with the IPCC’s 5th Assessment, Shell’s Scenarios show that approaching net-zero emissions towards the end of the 21st century while experiencing economic growth is a challenging, yet achievable, societal ambition. We see renewable energies eventually becoming the largest component of the global energy system, in combination with cleaner burning hydrocarbons like natural gas; and innovations in biofuels, hydrogen and Carbon Capture & Storage.

These diverse solutions require collaboration through diverse thinking from the best minds, which is why Shell actively invests in the development of women in STEM education, our business and the energy industry. In 2004, we were honored to receive the prestigious Catalyst Award and our former CEO was appointed Catalyst Chair of the Board in 2014 to further expand opportunities for women in business. In 2014 Shell was recognized in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women, and named Top 50 Employer in Workforce Diversity (2014), Minority Engineer (2015) and Woman Engineer Magazines (2015). Additionally, our own Selda Gunsel was just awarded the STLE’s highest technical award for her outstanding contributions in tribology, lubrication engineering and related sciences.

Our thanks to MIT and C3E for the opportunity to contribute to the community of professionals dedicated to advancing the careers of women in clean energy. We commend the C3E Award winners and nominees for their tireless excellence addressing and resolving some of the greatest challenges that our society faces.


Cummins is proud to support and engage in the C3E Symposium to create more opportunities for women in advancing clean energy. As a global power leader, we have developed the cleanest and most fuel efficient engines and power generators in the world.

Cummins employs over 54,000 innovative minds who design, develop, test, refine, service and support our technology on behalf of our customers in 190 countries. We are global citizens working in over 600 facilities around the world, 30 of which are located in the U.S. Our focus on building success in our people and communities and our commitment to an inclusive, gender-balanced workplace aligns with the C3E initiative.

It’s important to endorse women in the area of clean energy and in technical careers to support role models, as well as motivate and inspire passionate, young minds. We support this initiative and our employees work every day around the world to do the same.

Stated simply by our leaders:
“Through the Cummins Foundation, internal programs and employee volunteers, we reach out to connect students to STEM activities, education and role models. Our goal is to leverage our employees’ passion and knowledge to shine a light on paths that women can take in order to positively affect our world – and empower themselves. Both making the world a better place for all.” – Jennifer Rumsey, CTO 2015

“Character, ability, and intelligence are not concentrated on one sex over the other, nor in persons of certain accents or in certain races, or in persons holding degrees from universities over others. When we indulge ourselves in such irrational prejudices, we damage ourselves most of all and ultimately assure ourselves of failure in competition with those more open and less biased.” – J. Irwin Miller, former Chairman and CEO 1972

Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2014 were $45.6 billion.

Lockheed Martin takes a comprehensive approach to solving global energy and climate challenges, delivering solutions in the areas of energy efficiency, smart energy management, alternative power generation and climate monitoring. The company brings high-level capabilities in complex systems integration, project management, information technology, cyber security and advanced manufacturing techniques to help address these challenges.

Today, Lockheed Martin is partnering with customers and investing talent in clean, secure and smart energy – enabling global security, a strong economic future and climate protection for future generations. For more information, visit lockheedmartin.com/energy.

Solar City

SolarCity® (NASDAQ: SCTY) provides clean energy. The company has disrupted the century-old energy industry by providing renewable electricity directly to homeowners, businesses and government organizations for less than they spend on utility bills. SolarCity gives customers control of their energy costs to protect them from rising rates. The company makes solar energy easy by taking care of everything from design and permitting to monitoring and maintenance. SolarCity currently serves 18 states. Visit the company online at solarcity.com and follow the company on Facebook & Twitter.

Southern California Edison

Southern California Edison (SCE) is pleased to be a participating sponsor of the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium and congratulates the winners for their impressive work. SCE is an investor-owned utility and one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a diverse population of nearly 14 million in a 50,000-square mile territory within coastal, central and southern California. The company has a long history of serving customers by safely providing reliable, affordable – and now, increasingly clean – electricity.

SCE is working to help achieve California’s ambitious carbon reduction goals by modernizing its distribution system into an advanced and flexible system capable of two-way electrical flows to better integrate distributed energy resources – such as rooftop solar, electric vehicles and energy storage – while maintaining reliability and power quality. SCE’s vision for a 21st century power system promotes the deployment of low-carbon resources, encourages technology innovation and fosters customer choice. Grid modernizing investments represent the core of the company’s business strategy, and SCE expects the 21st century power network will create new opportunities to better serve its customers and communities.

This is an exciting time to be in the electric power business – ripe with opportunities for growth and to provide customers with customized products and excellent service. A diverse and well-trained workforce is essential to execute SCE’s strategy and capitalize on the opportunities ahead. The company’s ability to attract and retain a diverse workforce allows it to leverage their unique experiences and better reflect the communities served. To learn more, please visit www.edisoncollegejobs.com.

The electricity industry and customers’ needs continue to evolve, and SCE is well positioned for the future. Building the next generation power network provides the company with the opportunity to provide the vision, innovations and capital to create value for customers and SCE.


Enerjisa is proud to support the 2015 C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium.

Enerjisa is a leading energy company that manages a large portfolio in generation, distribution and retailing segment of Turkey’s growing electricity market. The company has an integrated structure in all stages of electricity value chain. It provides significant contributions to sustainability with its efficient and environment-friendly power plants, carbon reduction opportunities, technology and efficiency focused investments in electricity distribution. Enerjisa generates electricity for Turkey with a total installed capacity of 2,500 MW. It has a competitive and efficient portfolio in which the share of renewable energy sources is 58%. Besides this, Enerjisa serves for 9 million customers and provides distribution service to approximately 20 million users in 14 cities.

Enerjisa strengthens its position as leader and pioneer in the Turkish electricity market by recruiting and retaining highly skilled employees and ensuring their continuous development. As Enerjisa, to increase the employment of women in this challenging sector, we strengthened our approach of gender equality by considering global norms in accordance with United Nations Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs). We surpassed our target by reaching a female workforce that constitutes around 50% of employees pursuant to our HR policies.

We offer our special thanks to all partners of the C3E Symposium, who perform significant work on the most important issues faced by society, such as accessing clean energy resources, extending the use of alternative energy sources, and also creating more work platforms for women.


Çimsa is pleased to be the participating sponsor of the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium and we congratulate the winners for their impressive work. Çimsa is an international cement and building materials company continuously growing by creating a difference in the industry with an experience of more than 40 years, broad product range, innovative employees and a human and environment conscious approach. Using the resources efficiently, recycling the wastes as energy and raw material and investing in renewable energy resources are important steps in our sustainability road map. As Çimsa we decrease the consumption of energy by the use of equipment that consumes less energy, conducting crushing, burning and grinding process optimization studies and energy recycling investments. We aim to generate 50% of the power that we consume in Mersin 1st and 2nd plants, which also brings a decrease in CO2 release, with our Çimsa Electricity Generation from Waste Gasses Project. As Çimsa we believe that diversity matters and gender mainstreaming in our sector is a key issue. With our human resources policies and social good practices, we became a role model in the cement industry in Turkey. In 2015, Çimsa received “Social Gender Equality Award in Working Life Grand Prize” by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.

Sustaining Sponsors

General Electric

GE Ecomagination is the company’s commitment to technology solutions that save money and reduce environmental impact for its customers and GE’s own operations. Since launch in 2005 Ecomagination has invested $15 billion in R&D and generated more than $200B in revenue. GE’s operations have seen a 31 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since 2004 and a 42 percent reduction in freshwater use since 2006, realizing more than $300M in savings.

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is a publicly-funded agency dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in Massachusetts—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. MassCEC provides early-stage investments to startup companies, funds renewable energy rebates for residents and businesses and supports the development of a local clean energy workforce. Since its inception in 2009, MassCEC has helped clean energy companies grow, supported municipal clean energy projects and invested in residential and commercial renewable energy installations creating a robust marketplace for innovative clean technology companies and service providers.

Alliance for Sustainable Energy

Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC manages and operates the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, under an ongoing contract with the Department of Energy. Ownership of the limited liability company is shared equally by Battelle Memorial Institute and MRIGlobal, and members of its board of directors come from the two nonprofit organizations and from five Colorado universities. The Alliance, which was formed in 2008, is fully accountable to the Department of Energy for the performance of NREL as the laboratory pursues its mission of developing and refining renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Alliance acts as a strategic partner for the planning and development of projects undertaken at NREL, develops the vision to help achieve the lab’s goals, and provides leadership and management for NREL. The director and CEO of NREL, Dan Arvizu, serves as president of the Alliance and as an executive vice president with MRIGlobal.


“Save money. Live better.” Sam Walton created Walmart to bring affordable household products to people in small towns. He put the customer first, and he created a strong company with dedicated associates and deeply held values of service, excellence, respect for the individual and integrity.

More than 50 years later, hundreds of millions of customers in 27 countries around the world trust Walmart to bring them food, apparel, household goods and other general merchandise at an everyday low price – not just through stores, but through e-commerce – anywhere, anytime. Along the way, Walmart has grown into the World’s largest retailer. We have store in 10,000 communities, employing more than 2.2 million associates and thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people.

Because of our heritage, we seek to use our scale and capabilities to help others – not only customers and Walmart stakeholders, but also society at large. We accomplish this through our focus on opportunity, sustainability and community.

Supporting Sponsors

The Brattle Group

The Brattle Group analyzes complex economic, finance, and regulatory questions for corporations, law firms, and governments around the world. We are distinguished by the clarity of our insights and the credibility of our experts, which include leading international academics and industry specialists. For more information, please visit brattle.com.

Florida Power and Light

Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the US, serving 4.8 million customer accounts with a residential customer bill 30 percent lower than the national average and service reliability better than 99.98 percent. FPL’s highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide.

Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.

Hawaiian Electric Industries’ electric utilities provide power to 95% of Hawaii’s population and its banking subsidiary is Hawaii’s 3rd largest financial institution. HEI’s utilities are working with the state and other stakeholders to achieve Hawaii’s new 100% renewable standard by 2045, and its bank offers clean energy loans to customers.

NextEra Energy

NextEra Energy is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun, and has been recognized for its leadership in areas such as innovation, ethics and sustainability. In partnership with Hawaiian Electric, NextEra Energy fully supports Hawai‘i’s goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.

The Graduate Student Poster Competition is sponsored by Cummins Inc.

The Graduate Student Poster Competition is sponsored by Cummins Inc.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 C3E Poster Competition!

  1. Rose Sobel, University of Houston – GeoThermH2O: Producing Water from Produced Water
  2. Emily Beagle, University of Wyoming – Co-firing of Beetle Kill Biomass in Existing Coal Fired Power Plants in the Western United States
  3. Sunav Shrestha, University of South Dakota – Solar Energy Conversion of Waste Water into Hydrogen as a Renewable Fuel

Graduate Poster Presenters

  1. Price Discovery in Dynamic Power Markets With Low Voltage Distribution Network Participants – Elli Ntakou, Boston University
  2. Co-firing of Beetle Kill Biomass in Existing Coal Fired Power Plants in the Western United States – Emily Beagle, University of Wyoming
  3. Mobile Electric Energy Generator Based on Nanofluidics – Guang Chen, University of Maryland
  4. Future of Electric Cars: High Energy Density Magnesium/Oxygen Batteries – Gulin Vardar, University of Michigan
  5. Cross-Industry Technology Transfer: Application of Hydraulic Fracturing for Enhanced Geothermal Systems – Jenna McGrath, Georgia Institute of Technology
  6. Pyrolytic Treatment of Soil for Remediation of Heavy Hydrocarbons and Fertility Enhancement – Julia Vidonish, Rice University
  7. Heat Transfer Phenomenology in Carbon-Free Advanced Nuclear Reactor Cores Cooled by Fluoride-Salts – Lakshana Huddar, University of California, Berkeley
  8. Extraction of Uranium from Seawater: Design and Testing of a Symbiotic System – Maha Haj, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  9. GeoThermH2O: Producing Water from Produced Water – Rose Sobel, University of Houston
  10. Solar Energy Conversion of Waste Water into Hydrogen as a Renewable Fuel – Sunav Shrestha, University of South Dakota