Bruder, Golin win at Women in Clean Energy Symposium

Monday, October 13, 2014

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate students won two of the three poster awards at last month’s Women in Clean Energy Symposium.

Brittany Bruder’s research on tidal energy won in the technology solutions category. Caroline Golin won in the policy solutions category for her work on water- and energy-supply strategies for a growing Atlanta.

The invitation-only event is organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the U.S. Department of Energy to advance the careers and work of women in clean energy.

“The C3E poster competition was a highly competitive national competition for women working in the clean energy industry,” said Associate Professor Kevin Haas, Bruder’s adviser. “The competition required two levels of review prior to being invited as a finalist and then the final competitive evaluation at the symposium. Brittany's winning of this competition is a testament of her ability to engage a diverse audience and her ability to promote excitement about the potential of tidal energy.”

Bruder is in her fifth and final year of Ph.D. studies.

“Winning the award was particularly meaningful since it was decided by the symposium attendees, some of the country's top leaders in clean energy,” she said. “The fact they were mostly women was both inspiring and empowering. I hope to encourage young women to pursue STEM fields myself through my own research.”

“My research is focused on characterizing the impacts of energy supply options on water resources and integrating distributed energy and water supply sources to increase grid resilience,” said Golin, who expects to graduate next year.

She is studying with CEE Professor Aris Georgakakos for her master’s while pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental policy under Valerie Thomas in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering.