It’s been five years since I achieved my Master of Science degree in Geography from Michigan State University. In that time I have followed a career in renewable energy with NextEra Energy Resources, contributing analysis to over 1.3 gigawatts of currently operating wind farms. Over 2013, I have begun to explore new challenges in solar energy, wind turbine performance analysis, and grid infrastructure. My geography background has been very beneficial because of my experience integrating multiple fields to solve a problem, and the universal application of GIS. Personally, 2013 has been a wonderful year. I was promoted to Senior Analyst, and I am now a leader of the solar and storage resource analysis team for my company. I purchased my first home just east of St. Paul, MN, and, most importantly, my wife and I welcomed Lowell Crosby Savage IV, our son and second child. I look forward to another year full of challenges and continued growth. As always, thank you MSU-Geography for the great foundation!
Advisor: Shiyuan (Sharon) Zhong
As a graduate student at Michigan State University, I studied the climatology of near surface wind flow in relation to unique topographic features. Dr. Zhong and I participated in the METCRAX observation field campaign, featured in the November 2008 issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS), where I worked alongside graduate students and professors from across the nation learning to launch tethered weather balloons and collect high quality meteorological measurements.
After my time with the Geography Department, I became a Renewable Resource Modeling Analyst at WindLogics, Inc., where I currently perform complex scientific analysis to best quantify the energy potential of renewable energy projects across the nation and world. I have assessed 146 wind or solar projects and I have visited over 32 operational wind farms. Every day, I use GIS software to manage a wide range of data to best assess and present the potential of renewable energy. My experience working within a diverse discipline like Geography is an asset that has lead to many new opportunities.