OneEnergy Renewables, a developer of large-scale clean energy projects, recently announced that Jessica Cameron (MBA 2014) has been selected as a recipient of the company’s 2013 OneEnergy Scholars Award. Cameron is one of six students selected from a national pool of applicants representing the nation’s leading academic institutions. She joins five other students from Cornell, George Washington University, MIT, Washington University, and Yale.
The OneEnergy Scholars Program accelerates the careers of high potential individuals who exemplify the dedication and intellectual capacity required to move the clean energy industry forward. In partnership with NetImpact, OneEnergy Renewables provides award recipients with broad recognition for their achievements, personalized career counseling, internship opportunities, and peer and professional networking. “These are extraordinary students, each of them,” says OneEnergy Renewables’ CEO Bryce Smith. “Their backgrounds and skills are varied and impressive, and each has demonstrated a deep personal commitment to renewable energy.”
Cameron enlisted in the US Army after high school for their language program. She became a Korean translator, but was deployed to the Iraq War. When asked about the OneEnergy Scholars Award and her interest in renewables, Cameron said, “One particular experience drives my passion for renewable energy. While in Iraq, our equipment was stressing our regular power generator. We had a difficult time getting our normal fuel but, fortunately, our equipment included a small, portable solar panel as back up. This saved wear and tear on the generator, reduced fuel requirements, and resulted in cleaner air.” She continued, “My aim in the renewable energy industry is to advise companies on cost-savings through efficiency, and investment in renewables.”
After five years of service in the Army, she joined the National Guard and attended college at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. It was there she fell in love with sustainability. She participated in Students Organized to Advance Renewable Energy (SOARE) and was instrumental in introducing sustainable energy to the campus.
After college, Cameron became a consultant to the Department of Defense where she taught soldiers and other instructors how to use technological equipment. After nearly four years of working for the DOD, Cameron decided to pursue an MBA at Foster. Her goal in getting an MBA is to obtain a job in sustainability. She feels the OneEnergy Scholars Award and her MBA degree will help her determine which area of sustainability she wants to focus on.