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DOE honors 9 women for leadership

Parul Dubey on November 25, 2019 - in Awards, News, People

The Department of Energy is recognizing nine women for their achievements and leadership in clean energy.

Suzanne Singer. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Awards

One of them, Suzanne Singer, is a member of the Navajo (Diné) tribe and chief engineer for Native Renewables in Flagstaff, Ariz.

She co-founded the nonprofit organization in 2016 to solve energy access challenges for 15,000 families on the Navajo Nation who live without electricity.

Singer develops programs that promote tribal energy independence, offer affordable off-grid solar energy solutions, and provide training and education to empower families.

She previously was a staff engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

Also being honored:

  • Denise Gray, president of LG Chem Michigan Inc. Tech Center in Troy, Mich.
  • Sonia Aggarwal, vice president and co-founder of Energy Innovation in San Francisco.
  • Mira Inbar, commercial director of Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s New Energies group in San Francisco.
  • Valerie Karplus, assistant professor of global economics and management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.
  • Larissa Johnson, residential energy program manager at the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection in Rockville, Md.
  • Radhika Thakkar, director of corporate affairs at Greenlight Planet in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Becky Diffen, renewable energy partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in Austin, Texas.
  • Michelle Kidder, research staff scientist in the Energy and Transportation Science Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

The winners of this year’s awards will be honored today at the U.S. C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium in Washington. — Associated Press/staff report

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