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We are proud to showcase the talent which fuels the IE Cleantech Program internship.  This team brings a great sense of enthusiasm and ambition to create and share stories about cleantech innovation – all of which are driving economic impact in our region, throughout the Southeast and beyond. Our student interns turn their interests and ideas into blogs, podcasts, white papers, videos and webinars. And this workforce of the future engages directly with entrepreneurs, founders of startups and executives at global companies – the people who are innovating us all to a cleaner economy and world.

 

Our Summer 2021 Team

 

Paloma Baca IE Cleantech Corner Summer 2021 Intern

Paloma Baca is a rising junior from Carrboro, NC, majoring in Environmental Studies and Political Science, with a special interest in environmental justice. She is interested in solving issues that lie within the realm of social justice and environmental planning. This is her first summer working with the Clean Tech Corner, and is excited to explore the possibilities that sustainable tech may have on local governments, as well as local social justice movements. Post-grad, Paloma is looking towards working within the environmental lobbying sector. Paloma is looking forward to working with a driven and passionate team this summer. 

 

Natalie Gabriel IE Cleantech Corner Summer 2021 Intern

Natalie Gabriel is a senior Environmental Science major and Statistics and Analytics minor from Asheville, NC. Her passion lies in innovative, smart and renewable technologies and how they can be best implemented and integrated into society. After studying in Bangkok, Thailand in the Spring of 2020, she has continued researching the feasibility and environmental advantages of implementing an electric or compressed natural gas bus transportation system in Bangkok. After she graduates, she hopes to continue working in the clean technology sphere in project management, consulting or analytics. 

 

Erna Gashi IE Cleantech Corner Summer 2021 Intern

Erna Gashi is a rising sophomore from Huntersville, North Carolina, pursuing her undergraduate studies in Economics at Carolina. She is interested in exploring the intersection between economic strategy, strategic business communications, and green finance in regards to promoting sustainable technologies and ultimately, a sustainable future. Erna’s past experiences with designing sustainable solutions for model future cities and mentoring students to be impassioned to do the same have inspired her to be a part of CleanTech this summer. This will be Erna’s first time working with the Summer 2021 CleanTech Corner program! After Carolina, Erna hopes to pursue a career in law. 

 

Anna Keener IE Cleantech Corner Summer 2021 Intern

Anna Keener is a third year student at UNC originally from Charlotte, North Carolina and is pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Computer Science and Spanish. She is passionate about international collaboration in Environmental Science, is driven by the idea of finding clean alternatives to the way societies are run, and is interested in humanitarian work on a global scale. After graduating, she hopes to work with international organizations like the U.N. to help facilitate a transition to greener societies worldwide. 

 

Jenna Land IE Cleantech Corner Summer 2021 Intern

Jenna Land is a rising junior from Denver, NC majoring in Geography with minors in Environmental Justice. Jenna is passionate about the ways in which sustainable urban planning can combat issues of environmental injustice and create healthier communities. She is especially interested in the role that sustainable transportation infrastructure has in strengthening community connectivity and reducing environmental degradation. As part of the Cleantech Corner team, she is excited to learn about all of the innovation and creativity happening in the clean tech space. After graduating, Jenna hopes to pursue a career in either city planning or environmental law.

 

Sophie Lorenzo IE Cleantech Corner Summer 2021 Intern

Sophie Lorenzo is a Junior from Charlotte, NC, majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Public Policy. Through her work on the Environmental Affairs Committee of Student Government, she has strived to make UNC a greener campus. Conducting research under Dr. Donald Hornstein, a UNC law professor, Sophie has studied how cities increase infrastructure resiliency to adapt to the increasing prevalence and intensity of storms, caused by climate change. She is passionate about sustainable urban planning and the promotion of clean energy in urban areas. After graduating, Sophie would like to attend law school and pursue a career in Environmental law.

 

Carlee Malone IE Cleantech Corner Summer 2021 Intern

Carlee Malone is a second-year UNC student from Olney, MD pursuing Environmental Studies on the Sustainability Track. She is passionate about playing a role in the transition towards more sustainable, and less linear, exploitative, and carbon-reliant business models across industries and around the world. She’s also incredibly interested in renewable energy, and these interests have led to her enthusiastic involvement at Cleantech, where she is excited to learn more about the intersection of technology, business, and sustainability. After graduating, she is looking to facilitate initiatives to make the public, private, and non-profit sectors alike more sustainable and eco-driven. 

 

Hannah Matthews IE Cleantech Corner Summer 2021 Intern

Hannah Matthews is a junior from Greensboro, NC, pursuing a major in environmental health sciences and a minor in sustainability studies. She is interested in how agriculture will play a role in sustainability, specifically in the alternative protein space. She is passionate about educating and encouraging others to pursue a more sustainable lifestyle, and she is excited to be working as a Cleantech Intern this summer. In the future, she hopes to work for an organization exploring the interactions between humans and the environment. 

 

Anna Panknin IE Cleantech Corner 2021 Summer Intern

Anna Panknin is a rising junior from Graham, NC double majoring in Economics and Environmental Studies on the sustainability track. She is interested in sustainability in business, specifically the topic of green finance to explore ESG and impact investing, funding allocations for sustainable efforts, and the role of corporations needed in the transition to clean and renewable energy systems. Anna is excited to begin working with the Cleantech Corner this summer to further her knowledge and career in sustainability.

 

Grace Parker IE Cleantech Corner Summer 2021 Intern

Grace Parker is a junior from Morehead City, NC majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Advertising and Public Relations. She plans to attend law school and pursue a career in coastal environmental policy. Grace is working as a research assistant for Dr. Donald Hornstein at the intersection of social justice and climate change adaptation policy. Grace is enjoying teaching citizenship classes at Orange Literacy and serving at Outback Steakhouse this summer. As a cleantech intern, Grace is interested in the role blue technology has in creating more resilient and sustainable coastal communities. 

 

Brenda Palacios IE Cleantech Corner Summer 2021 Intern

Brenda Palacios Rodriguez is a first-year student from Morganton, NC, majoring in Environmental Studies. She is passionate about educating others on new sustainable, and creative methods for building healthy communities. She joined the Cleantech team in August 2020 and is currently working with colleagues to produce episodes for the program’s podcast series called, Innovating to a Clean Economy. After graduating, she is hoping to pursue a career in environmental design or environmental journalism to help inspire others to undertake environmental stewardship around the globe.

 

Auburn Robertson IE Cleantech Corner Summer 2021 Intern

Auburn Robertson is a second year student at UNC from Raleigh, NC. She is currently majoring in Environmental Studies on the sustainability track and hopes to also pursue a double major in Business, for she is passionate about the intersection of the business world and sustainability as well as environmental law.  As an NCPIRG intern, Auburn has successfully lobbied various NC representatives and senators, rallying support for the Break Free From Plastics Pledge. Now as a cleantech intern, Auburn looks forward to focusing on topics such as renewables and alternative proteins. 

 

Noah Shaner IE Cleantech Corner Summer 2021 Intern

Noah Shaner is a senior from Cary, NC studying Environmental Science on the Quantitative Energy Track major with minors in Business Administration and Chinese. He is interested in exploring the intersection of business and sustainability, specifically within the clean energy industry. Noah is currently working for Heelstone Renewable Energy, a utility-scale solar developer, where he helps with various stages of the development process. After graduation, Noah hopes to Travel to China to learn about global energy markets and clean energy development abroad. As a cleantech intern, he is looking forward to bringing together a wide variety of stakeholders in the energy industry to discuss the current status of the global transition to a low carbon economy.

 

Hannah Shealy IE Cleantech Corner 2021 Summer Intern

Hannah Shealy is a rising senior from Weaverville, North Carolina pursuing an Environmental Science major with a Geographic Information Sciences minor. This summer is Hannah’s first time having a Cleantech Corner Internship! She is interested in clean energy, blue tech, and potentially using GIS softwares to further these discussions. Hannah is excited to learn about other aspects of the Cleantech Corner including the integration of technology and sustainable practices. After graduation, Hannah hopes to find a job using GIS working in the environmental industry.

 

Rachel Staley IE Cleantech Corner 2021 Summer Intern

Rachel Staley is a rising senior double majoring in Public Policy and Environmental Studies with a minor in City Planning. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Rachel has become passionate about all things urban planning, with a particular concern for the inequities present in our urban infrastructure. From transportation planning to resilience planning, she hopes to combine her environmental and policy perspectives in order to create sustainable and equitable solutions to urban planning problems. As part of the Cleantech Corner team, Rachel is excited to learn more about technological innovation within the urban planning sector and how such innovations can help close equity gaps in our cities.

 

Malvika Venkatesh IE Cleantech Corner Summer 2021 Intern

Malvika Venkatesh is a junior from Greensboro, NC, double majoring in Environmental Studies and Economics and minoring in Statistics. She is passionate about the intersection of sustainability and business and specifically how these eco strategies can be used to create socially equitable impact. Her passion for studying sustainable textiles and the circular economy led her to be a part of the Cleantech Program. Malvika’s past experiences in creating sustainable education programs for the community, motivate her to continue to encourage environmental awareness and action. She is working towards a future career in directing business initiatives and innovations to follow a circular and equitable model.

 

Nikalus Ward IE Cleantech Corner Summer 2021 Intern

Nikalus Ward is a rising junior from Marion, NC, majoring in Environmental Studies, with a special interest in equitable access to resources. He is passionate about how sustainability intersects with health and well-being in communities. This is his first summer working for the CleanTech corner, and is excited to explore the cross-section between urban planning and sustainability, as well as how local food incubation hubs impact access to locally grown food. After graduation, he hopes to work with local organizations to promote sustainability and equity in disadvantaged communities. 

 

Caroline Webber IE Cleantech Corner Summer 2021 Intern

Caroline Webber is a rising junior from Wake Forest, NC, majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Applied Sciences and Engineering. She is most interested in the mechanisms and implementation of clean energy, the economic use of ocean resources, and the ways in which environmental policy decisions regarding urban planning and development impact public health. She is excited to learn more about today’s technology through an environmental lens and be a part of the Cleantech Corner Summer 2021 team!

 

 

Our Spring 2021 Team

Alyssa Abraham UNC Cleantech Corner Spring Intern

Alyssa Abraham is a sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia pursuing a Business Administration major with minors in Spanish and Sustainability. She is interested in the intersection between businesses and promoting a more sustainable future as well as urban planning and renewable energy. Alyssa is excited to be working at cleantech because she will get to dive deeper into her interests and explore the creativity and innovation around her. After graduation, she hopes to work for a company with strong sustainability values.

 

Mary-Catherine Gray Cleantech Corner Spring 2021 Intern

Mary-Catherine (MC) Gray is a sophomore from New Bern, NC, pursuing Business Administration, Hispanic Linguistics, and Sustainability Studies. Her passion lies in renewable energy, specifically solar, so she is excited to be working as a cleantech Intern. When MC graduates, she plans on traveling to Spain, and, eventually, working as the Director of Operations at a cleantech company.

 

Summer Lanier IE Cleantech Corner Intern

Summer Lanier is a junior Environmental Studies major on the Sustainability track from Benson, NC. She is minoring in Information Systems and is passionate about the intersection of technology and the environment, and feels that cleantech will play a vital role in our future. She put this passion into practice in the summer of 2019 when she studied abroad in South Korea and China. She explored the link between industrial policy and economic strategy while using cleantech as a lens for gaining insight about how innovation advances in these nations. Postgrad, Summer hopes to continue exploring these passions and preserving our environment’s future, where technological innovation can help us create a more sustainable world. 

 

Chloe Lind Cleantech Corner intern Spring 2021

Chloe Lind is a first-year student from Mooresville, NC majoring in Environmental Studies on the Sustainability track. She is interested in sustainable fashion/textile production as well as environmental justice. Her passion for creating a more sustainable future for our economy and world has steered her to become a part of the Cleantech Program. Chloe plans to pursue a career in environmental law to protect and represent those who want to preserve our environment, she is passionate about joining the program and looking forward to applying her knowledge of sustainability and learning from others.

 

Peyton Lindogan Cleantech Corner Intern Spring 2021

Peyton Lindogan is a sophomore Environmental Studies; Sustainability Track and Mathematics double major with a minor in Statistics and Analytics from Beaufort, North Carolina. He is interested in energy policy, especially in regard to the future of clean technology. The Spring 2021 semester will be Peyton’s first time working with the Clean Tech Corner program and he is extremely excited to enrich himself in the environmental sector. Peyton is interested in cleantech because he enjoys learning about new and upcoming technology and how it can embrace sustainability. After graduation, Peyton hopes to work in policy or technology to make a better and more efficient future.

 

SaschaMedina Cleantech Intern Fall20 Meet the Team

Sascha Medina is a senior from Wilmington, NC, majoring in environmental science and minoring in media & journalism and geography. In the summer of 2019, she studied clean technology in China and South Korea sparking her interest in the subject. This global experience enhanced her understanding of the link between industrial policy and economic strategy while using clean tech as a lens for gaining insight about how innovation advances in these countries. In southeastern North Carolina, fostering clean technology initiatives will help the region reach its sustainability goals. Sascha is passionate about the intersection of environmental science, conservation, environmental justice, culture and social accountability. She is pushing toward a future where her work encourages environmental awareness, compassion, and action.

 

Sarah Padyk Cleantech Corner Intern Spring 2021

Sarah Padyk is a junior from Sylva, North Carolina majoring in environmental sciences with a minor in media and journalism. During her time at Carolina, she has enjoyed working on the Environmental Affairs Committee of Student Government and advocating for increased sustainability on campus. Sarah Is passionate about environmental communication and is interested in exploring how rural southeastern communities can benefit from the implementation of clean technology. After graduation, Sarah hopes to promote her passions through a career focused on strategic communication for the clean tech industry.

 

Brenda Palacios

Brenda Palacios Rodriguez is a first-year student from Morganton, NC, majoring in Environmental Studies. She is passionate about educating others on new sustainable, and creative methods for building healthy communities. She joined the Cleantech team in August 2020 and is currently working with colleagues to produce episodes for the program’s podcast series called, Innovating to a Clean Economy. After graduating, she is hoping to pursue a career in environmental design or environmental journalism to help inspire others to undertake environmental stewardship around the globe.

 

Tatum Pryor Cleantech Corner Intern Spring 2021

Tatum Pryor is a freshman at UNC majoring in Environmental Studies with a Food Studies and Business Administration Minor. She is interested in the manner people regard food from a socioeconomic context, and how this relationship has implications for the future of communities and the environment. Additionally, she is intrigued by urban planning, environmental education, and environmental justice. She hopes to pursue a career in sustainability, particularly in the agriculture sector. This is her first semester interning with the Cleantech Corner and is excited to learn more about sustainable food systems in addition to other sectors of sustainability. She feels it is a great opportunity to promote innovative businesses, new policies (and political leaders), and developing science.

 

Sara Kent Trollinger Cleantech Corner Intern Spring 2021

Sara Kent Trollinger is a freshman from Winston-Salem, NC. She is majoring in both Environmental Science and Journalism. This is her first semester working with cleantech! Sara Kent is passionate about the intersection of sustainability and technology, particularly when it comes to the agricultural sector. She is also interested in environmental justice in the context of urban planning and development. When she graduates, Sara Kent wants to pursue a career in environmental journalism.