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Fifty-two students at Notre Dame will graduate with an energy studies minor

The Center for Sustainable Energy (ND Energy) at the University of Notre Dame…
2024 ESM Graduates

The Center for Sustainable Energy (ND Energy) at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce the Energy Studies Minor (ESM) Class of 2024; the largest graduation class since the minor started in 2012 with 52 students completing the minor’s requirements.

Students will attend a recognition ceremony on Friday, May 17, and receive a certificate of achievement and a tri-colored cord (navy, green, white), signifying completion of the minor. The program is hosted by ND Energy with special guest speakers, including Fr. Terrence P. Ehrman, C.S.C., and Peter C. Burns, Henry Massman Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, ND Energy’s director, and the minor’s academic adviser. The Convocation Address will be delivered by Diogo Bolster, Frank M. Freimann Professor of Hydrology and Henry Massman Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences. The program will close with remarks by Ginger E. Sigmon, ND Energy’s managing director, and a reception for the students and their families and guests.

Since the minor began, there have 274 graduates. This year’s class represents a broad range of majors, including every engineering department, anthropology, applied and computational mathematics and statistics, biochemistry, biology, business analytics, chemistry, economics, Italian, and finance. Their future plans include consulting, graduate programs, work with utility companies, project management, military and volunteer service, and software development.

The graduates are pictured above in alphabetical order and the list below includes their names, hometowns, majors, and future plans.

Lucas Barreto Cubiñá, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mechanical Engineering, Project Manager for Let's Share the Sun

Chloe Grace Behringer, Manhasset, New York, Mechanical Engineering, Energy Consultant

Ella Burns, Palatine, Illinois, Civil Engineering, Master's of Engineering in Structural Engineering at Notre Dame

Jin Rui Cai, Los Angeles, California, Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania Medical School

Andrew Canzano, Cape Coral, Florida, Chemistry/Business, NextEra Energy

Elio Carella, Keizer, Oregon, Aerospace Engineering, Propulsion Engineering

Kara Clouse, Indianapolis, Indiana, Computer Science, Cyber Security

Elliot Gerard Como, Cincinnati, Ohio, Chemical Engineering, Associate Scientist in Research and Development at Procter & Gamble

Patrick Gregory Condon, Wilmette, Illinois, Electrical Engineering, Associate at Boston Consulting Group

Leah Delfausse, Kennesaw, Georgia, Environmental Engineering, Sustainability Consulting

Mary Devoe, Holliston, Massachusetts, Chemical Engineering, Operations Leadership Development Associate at Siemens Healthineers

John William Donaruma, Granger, Indiana, Civil Engineering, Master's in Structural Engineering at University College Dublin

Kaitlyn Donton, Long Grove, Illinois, Biochemistry, Veterinary School at University of Georgia

Jacob Frabutt, Granger, Indiana, Computer Science, Software Developer at Epic Systems

Gianina Rose Ghirardo, Richland, Washington, Applied & Computational Mathematics and Statistics, Data Analytics

Rachel Haney, East Greenbush, New York, Chemical Engineering, Chemical Manufacturing

Sydney Harris, Menlo Park, California, Environmental Sciences, Bioenergy Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Corbin Hite, Tiffin, Ohio, Biological Sciences, Ph.D. in the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program at Duke University

Eva Elisabeth Homberger, Oak Park, Illinois, Mechanical Engineering, Experiment Engineer at Advanced Test Reactor at Idaho National Laboratory

Joseph J. Huebner, Port Washington, Wisconsin, Electrical Engineering, Associate Engineer at WEC Energy Group

Christopher Kelly, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, Chemical Engineering, Oil and Gas Engineering

Matthew David Kennedy, St. Louis, Missouri, Computer Science, Software Engineer at Benefit Finance LLP

David Ronald Kimlinger, Lindstrom, Minnesota Environmental Engineering, Soil/groundwater Remediation with TRC Companies

Daniel Harrison Kraemer, Wilmette, Illinois, Economics and Italian, Project Management at Epic

Anne Kathryn Lang, Bay Village, Ohio, Environmental Engineering, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest

Nicole Lies, Naperville, Illinois, Chemical Engineering, Research and Development Engineer at Veolia Water Technologies

Nicholas Lynch, Clarendon Hills, Illinois, Mechanical Engineering, Energy Consultant at Sargent & Lundy

Quinn Mackay, Seattle, Washington, Environmental Sciences, Ph.D. in Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University

Luke Malcolm, Greenwich, Connecticut, Mechanical Engineering, Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Penn State

Bryce McDonnell, Arlington Heights, Illinois, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Systems Engineer at Intellihot

Andres Mejia, Elkhart, Indiana, Civil Engineering, Project Engineer at Duke Energy

Peter Andrew Murray, Stamford, Connecticut, Finance and Economics, Investment Banking Analyst at Brentwood Capital Advisors

Daniel Patrick O'Connor, Yakima, Washington, Chemical Engineering, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest

Michelena O'Rourke, Tallahassee, Florida, Electrical Engineering, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at MIT

Gunnar Timothy Oldre, Luverne, Minnesota, Finance, Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army

Connor Gregory Paszkiewicz, Towson, Maryland, Business Analytics, Data Analyst with Cyndx Technologies

Gabriel Matthew Bautista Pennington, San Diego, California, Chemical Engineering, Energy Supply Chain Consultant at Wood Mackenzie

Pedro Alberto Pozas Garza, Monterrey, Mexico, Environmental Engineering, Actinide Research for Consent-Based Siting of Spent Nuclear Fuel at Notre Dame

Alexander Goetschius Ramsey, Jupiter, Florida, Finance, Analyst at Goldman Sachs

Elizabeth Madeline Ream, Blythewood, South Carolina, Chemical Engineering, Master's Degree in Systems Engineering at Air Force Institute of Technology

Andrea Reisinger, Evansville, Indiana, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Engineering Graduate Program

Viviana B. Rivera Vázquez, Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, Civil Engineering, Project Engineer at Walsh Construction

William Roberts, Needham, Massachusetts, Environmental Sciences and Economics, Analyst at Concentric Energy Advisors

Tomas Romero, Spring, Texas, Chemical Engineering, Associate Engineer at Energy Transfer's Environmental Division

Patrick Marco Rossetto, Frankfort, Illinois, Chemical Engineering, Process Engineer at Phillips 66

Katherine Schepelmann, Tucson, Arizona, Mechanical Engineering, Graduate Mechanical Engineer at ARUP

Dagmara Sobolak, Long Grove, Illinois, Chemical Engineering, Renewable Energy Engineering at Invenergy

Ilija Tadic, Budva, Montenegro, Economics, Consulting

Fredy Osbaldo Tajiboy Espinoza, Houston, Texas, Anthropology, Energy Consulting

Joseph Thuente, Traverse City, Michigan, Business Analytics, Fixed Income Quantitative Analyst at Traveler's Insurance

Darien Philip Vazquez, New York, New York, Computer Science, Computer Programmer

Jessica Wysocki, Blacksburg, Virginia, Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison

For more information about the Energy Studies Minor, please contact Anne Berges Pillai at

Originally published by Barbara Villarosa at on May 16, 2024.

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