Anton Yanchilin, an energy technology and applied physical analysis major, spent 18 days of his 10-week internship sailing the Arctic Ocean on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter, Healy. MORE...
Erin Cheese joined the Department of Energy's SunShot team in August 2015 as a Junior Fellow. She is interested in understanding the economic and technical challenges impeding wide spread adoption of solar energy. Erin was inspired to join the SunShot Initiative by the office’s mission to make solar fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources by 2020. She works on a variety of projects including the STEP solar workforce training initiative and National Community Solar Partnership, as well as a project to understand the impact of government research funding on the acceleration of the solar industry. Erin is particularly interested in making solar affordable and accessible to all Americans regardless of income or roof accessibility. Prior to joining SunShot, Erin served on the Nebraskans for Solar board of directors. She received her B.S. in Energy Science and Applied Physical Analysis from Creighton University, where she researched thin-film copper sulfides as potential transparent conducting materials for photovoltaic applications.
I came to Creighton University with the plan of majoring in Computer Science and making enough money to spend my free time doing cool volunteer projects. After only a few months, I began to long for a more meaningful career path and diverse undergraduate experience. Creighton has fantastic advisors available to freshman from day one. Mine led me straight to Dr. Michael Cherney, the first director of the Energy Technology Program.
The Energy Technology Program was exactly what I was searching for: a meaningful application for my interests. Every field has a role to play in creating a sustainable world, and Energy Technology students have the freedom to choose classes from many different departments to satisfy elective requirements for either of the major options. Without hesitation, this is also the most student-oriented place on campus. Other students and I have been involved in creating and continuously improving everything from the curriculum to the physical classroom space.
I am now graduating a year early with a major in Computer Science and minor in Sustainable Energy. "Minor" does not do justice to how much my experiences with the Energy Program inside and out of classes have prepared me for my next adventure. I am now finishing a PhD in Computer Science at UC Berkeley and working with a research group called TIER - Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions, "investigating the design and deployment of new technologies for emerging regions." This is just one example of where you might go after the Energy Technology Program.