Meet The Board

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Nick’s upbringing in Iowa, a state with 40% wind energy penetration, exposed him from an early age to the benefits of renewable energy, where in 2014 he earned his B.B.A. in Finance with a minor in Sustainability from the University of Iowa. He began his career working for Nordex-Acciona Windpower, a top 5 global wind turbine manufacturer, holding positions in finance and business development to enhance the cost competitiveness of wind energy and transact over 2 gigawatts of turbine supply and O&M agreements for utility-scale wind projects. This experience ignited a passion in him to pursue a career in clean energy project development and inspired his decision to attend the Tepper School of Business' Energy Business program.

Nick will be spending the summer of 2019 interning for Apex Clean Energy’s Business Development Team in Charlottesville, VA.

Nick Alexander

Co-President

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Giovanna is recently hailing from Boston which she loves for its active renewable energy scene in addition to incredible food. She received her B.S. in Civil Engineering with a minor in drama/theater (she swears it serves her well) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After graduating, she was a field engineer for Spectra Energy working on construction of natural gas transmission infrastructure. She then pivoted to BlueWave Solar, a project developer, and worked to bring commercial-scale solar projects from site acquisition, through design, permitting, construction, and finally, investor sale. After two years of managing due diligence, she thought it was about time to get a formal business education. She’s so excited to be a part of the Tepper Energy Business Track to broaden her understanding of the ever-changing energy landscape.

 

Giovanna will be working with Mitsubishi-Hitachi in Pittsburgh for summer 2019, on their finance and corporate development team, building out a new venture to develop renewable energy projects in the US.

Giovanna Chabot

Co-President

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After growing up in the Northeast, Zack moved to Atlanta where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Thermal, Fluid & Energy Systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He first developed a passion for clean technologies after taking classes in fuel cell systems and wind engineering while at Georgia Tech. After graduating, he spent 4 years as a manufacturing engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft where he gained invaluable experience helping to develop new derivatives of the Blackhawk helicopter. As Zack’s interests began to focus on the growing fields of electrified transport and battery storage, he decided to pursue a MBA at the Tepper School of Business due to its Energy Business Track and culture of technological advancement. 

Zack Havanec

VP of Marketing

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Greg grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania and attended Franklin & Marshall College for undergrad, receiving a dual degree in Government and English Literature. After college, Greg worked on the re-election campaign of Governor Jack Markell of Delaware before moving to Washington, DC to work in the United States Senate. In the Senate, Greg worked on economic development policy, Constitutional protections, and homeland security for four years before moving to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. For the last two years, Greg worked as Deputy Press Secretary on the EPW Committee, advocating for clean air and water protections, and smart investments in clean technologies and processes. During that time, he saw the importance of businesses leading the way in pushing policy makers to support renewable energy, and sustainable, conscious business practices. Greg also serves as President of the Tepper Net Impact Club.

 

In summer 2019, Greg will be working with BCI Technology Investments, a Pittsburgh-based venture capital firm making strategic investments in clean technology companies.

Greg Hershman

VP of Finance

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After growing up outside of Philadelphia (GO EAGLES), Dave went to undergrad at Bucknell University for his BS in Mechanical Engineering. After college, Dave left Pennsylvania for Massachusetts where he began his career in the energy efficiency and renewable energy space with Ameresco. During his 5 years at Ameresco, Dave developed energy efficiency and commercial scale solar energy projects for a variety of public entities (Towns/Cities, School Districts, Municipal Utilities, Government Agencies, etc). Throughout this time, he discovered that understanding and communicating the business/financial benefits of renewable energy development were the keys to bringing innovative projects to customers across sectors. The desire push the energy industry forward led Dave to pursue his MBA full-time at Tepper of School Business where he is on the Energy Business Track and plans to concentrate in Finance and Strategy.

 

Dave will be working on the Corporate Development team at Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses during the summer of 2019, where he’ll focus on evaluating and recommending investment opportunities to the executive team.

Dave Turner

VP of Corporate Partnerships

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Mat grew up abroad before returning to the US to earn a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Water Resources and Hydrology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Upon graduation, he spent 4 years as an engineering consultant serving both public and private sector clients in the US. His role was that of an engineer and project manager; leading design, permitting, and construction management efforts for water resource related projects at the interface of infrastructure, energy, and sustainability. As his career evolved, his role and professional interests focused in on strategy and business development. Augmenting his analytical and engineering background with a formal business education was the next logical step which led him to the Tepper School of Business.

 

Mat is focusing on Sustainability Operations and Energy and is also part of the Tepper Energy Business Track.

Mat Accardo

VP of Social & Events

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Hiren grew up in India and moved to Canada to pursue B.E in Civil Engineering. After that he moved to remote sites of Canadian Oil Sands in Northern Canada, to pursue his ‘family business’! Moving laterally in various roles, Hiren earned his Professional Charter in Canada. He also got a chance to spend time in Houston managing projects in five different countries.


Hiren’s focus is on how emerging technologies can be utilized on existing energy production/generation facilities to make them more sustainable. And to guide conventional energy sector towards more sustainable - green future using their existing capabilities and resources.

Hiren Soni

VP of Education & Professional Development

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After growing up in the Pittsburgh area, Mark attended Penn State University where he received degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering.  Mark began his career working for Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation as an engineer in nuclear power plant operations and maintenance.  Mark left Bechtel to work for IMG Midstream, a small power plant developer in the Pittsburgh area, where he worked on the development and installation of natural gas distributed generation projects.  During his time in this role, he gained experience in both project development and finance and oversaw the engineering and construction of 80MW of distributed generation projects.  It was this experience that led Mark to pursue an MBA at the Tepper School of Business where he plans to enter the Energy Business Track and focus on Finance and Strategy.  In addition to his enrollment in the Part Time On Campus Program at the Tepper School of Business, Mark currently works for DTE Energy as a Senior Capital Project Manager, managing the development and installation of large energy infrastructure projects.

 

Mark Schneider

VP of Part Time Relations

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