EPIC Alumni

Alumni

Burgess_HeadshotEddie Burgess is a graduate of ASU’s Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization Master's program and former Founding Chair of the ASU Energy Club. He began his career working on urban environmental policy issues at Environmental Defense Fund in New York City. He first came to Arizona in 2009 to pursue graduate studies at ASU’s School of Sustainability where he also completed an M.S. degree. During that time he also developed and co-instructed a course on Urban Environmental Policy.

Eddie has advised and collaborated with a variety of businesses, and governmental and non-governmental institutions in both New York and Phoenix including the City of Phoenix, Maricopa County, the City of Mesa, the Mayor’s Office of New York City, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Arizona Public Service.

 

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Michael Wrapp PhotoMichael Wrapp was EPIC's intern from 2013-2014. He earned his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Notre Dame in May 2014, and is licensed to practice law in Arizona. A native of the Phoenix metropolitan area, Michael has strong interests in sustainability and renewable energy, particularly solar energy. In law school, he was an Executive Article Editor for the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, and his student note on property assessed clean energy programs was published in the journal. During his graduate school summers, Michael worked at Community Legal Services, the Arizona Supreme Court Staff Attorneys’ Office, and the law firm of Tiffany & Bosco, P.A., where he is now an associate.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Wagner graduated from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in May 2013. During law school, Laura was the president of the Environmental Law Society, the vice-president of the Corporate Business Law Society, a Member of the Executive Moot Court Board, and a member of the Environmental Law Traveling Moot Court Team. She holds a B.S. (cum laude) in agricultural business with an emphasis in water policy from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.

While with EPIC, Laura contributed significantly to the policy brief library, researching and drafting briefs on Arizona's Renewable Energy Standard, Arizona's Energy Efficiency Standard, and Arizona's Net-Metering policy, as well as many others.

 

 

 

 

 

Morgan Rucker Holmes led EPIC's research services for the Governor's Office of Energy Policy Master Energy Plan development. She also participated in presentations to several Mayors and Staff throughout Arizona, and assisted with EPIC's fundraising efforts.

Before attending the ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Morgan worked in public affairs in Austin, Texas and as a Research and Development Tax Credit Project Manager for Alliant group in Houston, Texas. Morgan earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Humanities- International Relations with a certificate in International Trade. As a law student, Morgan was the 1L Student Representative for the Student Bar Association and is the incoming Vice President of the Corporate and Business Law Society. She was also involved in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and participates in Moot Court.

 

 

 

 

Kevin White currently works as Technology Specialist for Strategic Solar Energy, LLC. He graduated with a Master's in Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization in 2013.  While at ASU he was a member of the ASU Energy Club and an active member of ASHRAE and IEEE. He began working on solar-related laboratory research during his undergraduate career in Orlando, Florida and moved to Arizona in 2012 to develop his career in solar energy by integrating law, science, engineering and business. He received his bachelor's degree in Nanotechnology from UCF.
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uring his time at EPIC, Kevin conducted interviews with officials involved in innovative energy efficiency policy efforts across the country, including Fort Collins, Colorado's Fort Zed initiative and the Cool Urban Spaces program in Flagstaff, Arizona.

 

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Anaisha Jaykumar is currently a Marketing Engineer in Research and Development for a power systems design, manufacturing and services company. While working at EPIC, she was a Master’s student in Power and Energy Systems Engineering at ASU. Her desire to pursue her interest in renewable energy systems engineering and grid integration brought her to ASU’s Fulton Schools of Engineering in 2012. She was the Industry Liaison for the ASU Energy Club and the Graduate Chair of the Society of Women Engineers. She was also involved with clean energy efforts through ASU Forums to Action. Anaisha obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Mumbai, India. During her undergraduate years Anaisha  advised and the lead the student chapter of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) in her college. She coauthored and published a paper through IEEE on a sustainable engineering solution for flood control in Mumbai. In her free time Anaisha likes to write poetry and play soccer.

 

 

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Mike O'Boyle was a law student at Arizona State University with an interest in international, environmental, and energy law when he worked with EPIC. Michael became involved with the EPIC team after he worked with Prof. Kris Mayes in a Research Cluster on Sustainability at the Center for Law, Science and Technology. His interests intersect in the area of climate change because of the potential emission reductions that result from domestic and international renewable energy use. He hopes that he can help facilitate greater public awareness about renewable energy and current energy policies through his work at EPIC

In Mike's words: "EPIC grounded my theoretical understanding of energy regulation in real world experience.  I got to apply what I learned to specific legal and policy questions in development in Arizona.  I also got to publish several articles on trending topics in Arizona energy policy and add to the EPIC library."

 

 

 

 

 

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Emmett Walsh was a law student at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He was an Articles Editor for Jurimetrics Law journal and a center scholar at the Center for Law, Science, and Innovation. Prior to coming on board as a research assistant, Emmett was involved with EPIC through coordination with the Sustainability Research Cluster at ASU Law. Before attending law school, Emmett earned bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and philosophy from the University of Florida. His primary areas of interest are energy policy and energy technology. In the future, Emmett hopes to further legislation which harmonizes interactions between new energy technology and climate change policy.

 

 

 

Joaquin Arredondo

 

Joaquín Arredondo graduated from the Professional Science Masters (PSM) in Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization at ASU in August 2016. During his program, he focused on project development in the US-Mexico border region, especially in his home state of Sonora. He decided to do work in energy policy to get access to important insights related to the solar enterprise. Prior to obtaining his PSM, he received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Casey Ball is a third year law student at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He is involved with the Moot Court Board, Jurimetrics law journal, and is competing on the National Appellate Advocacy moot court team. Prior to law school, Casey earned his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University- Provo. Casey’s prior research includes anti-counterfeiting measures, newborn genetic screening, hydraulic fracturing, and funding mechanisms for roads. His areas of interest include natural resource management, energy production and transmission, and as a side-interest, maritime salvage.

 

 

 

 

 

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Andrew Wollenberg is a masters student of ASU’s Masters of Science and Technology Policy program at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. He studied at James Madison University for his undergrad and completed a Bachelors of Science degree where he double majored in both Public Policy and Political Science. His capstone project was a policy analysis of current rules and regulations governing electrical production in the Commonwealth of Virginia. His interest is in alternative fuels, mainly in the transportation sector.