Project Controller, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
And - MBA
You don't have to be an engineer or scientist to work in a lab, they also need diverse skills to bridge the communication and project development to the outside world.
What do you do?
I track financials (how much money we can spend) for renewable energy projects like microgrids, solar, wind, geothermal etc. Our group is the bridge between scientists/engineers and the market place and government customers.
Why did you choose this field?
My skills are transferable to different industries as my educational background is teaching math. I was thrilled when I realized that getting my MBA gave me more opportunities and the ability to work at a national laboratory. You don't have to be an engineer or scientist to work there, they also need diverse skills to bridge the communication and project development to the outside world.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Why do you love working in STEM?
We have a lot of new technology coming out of the lab, and are discovering ways to improve current technology, so it is exciting to watch the new stuff hit the market and improve the quality of life in places that don't have electricity.
Best advice for next generation?
STEM isn't going away, it is the future and exciting opportunities to use your imagination and creativity exist to make a better future for the planet.
Inspo quote / fun fact
In summer 2019 I will publish a STEM picture book about climate change and renewable energy. My website is janelowry.com