RenewElec Team - Ph.D. Students
RenewElec is a collaborative effort funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the RK Mellon Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, the Electric Power Research Institute, the Heinz Endowments, and lead by Carnegie Mellon University's Engineering and Public Policy Department. Bios for the project team can be found below.
Elena Mihaly graduated from Colorado College in 2007 with a BA in Environmental Science. While finishing her undergraduate degree, Elena also pursued a certification from the American Mountain Guides Association and became a professional rock climbing guide in 2006. After graduating and guiding, Elena moved to Southern France where she taught environmental science and global energy curriculum to international high school students. Before enrolling at VLS, she worked on a Healthy Weight Initiative at the Vermont Attorney General’s office. At VLS, she is pursuing her JD and Masters in Environmental Law and Policy with a focus on food and agriculture policy as well as energy policy. In addition to her work on the RenewElec project, Elena co-authored a chapter with Professor Jason Czarnezki in a forthcoming book on Food and Agriculture Policy and also co-authored a recent publication on agricultural energy efficiency titled "A Farmer's Guide to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: Project Ideas and Sources of Funding." This summer Elena will be working at the Natural Resource Defense Council in New York City.