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Diana Rivera Director, Market Development & Regulatory Affairs Bachelor of Science Degree in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering, Cornell University M.B.A. Degree, Harvard Business School Diana Rivera has always been busy. During high school, she often shuttled among three jobs: lifeguard, hostess/waitress, and lab technician with Shell Chemical. In 2010, she joined Clean Line Energy Partners (CLEP), which is developing long- distance transmission lines to connect low-cost renewable energy resources to communities. Rivera builds relationships with potential wind energy transmission customers, advocates renewable energy policies, and represents CLEP among electricity market participants and in renewable energy trade groups. The best advice she ever received was to be a bold risk taker. A professor told her that entering a field like wind energy would allow Rivera to become an “expert” earlier than joining an established industry. Now she says, “I’ve lost count of my speaking engagements, and each has resulted in even more learning and networking opportunities.” She urges students to join or start an Energy & Environment Club at their schools, and to gain sales experience. The mother- to-be’s favorites list includes “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” Apps: Pandora and Runkeeper, Apps: Pandora and Runkeeper, and the music of singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles.

CMG Andres Carvallo

CEO and Founder Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, University ofKansas

Andres Carvallo, a serial entrepreneur, got into the

energy business in 2003 and in 2014

founded CMG. The consulting and advisory firm’s mission is to digitally transform the energy industry by serving government agencies, utilities, companies, universities, vendors, and startups. Clients include IBM, the U.S. Department of Energy, and AT&T. Carvallo, whose first job in 1986 was as a Windows product manager at Microsoft, says he considers his sponsorship, design, and building of the first smart grid in 2013 as the sector’s most transformative change. Other achievements include creating the first 10 million node smart network and device management platform, and what may have been the first Transactive Energy Platform to eliminate lack of access to energy. Carvallo predicts that this century renewable and sustainable distributed energy will flourish. He says that “adaptability is the highest form of intelligence.” He advises students to: join the ASME, IEEE, and read Energy Central, Smart Grid News, FierceEnergy, and Popular Mechanics publications, and study contract negotiations, public speaking, and people management. Carvallo dotes on his Fitbit Surge, and dream job is to run a hunting and fishing resort.


Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bachelor of Science Degree in International Economics, B.A. in Spanish, Texas Tech University

Nelson Balido’s organization, the Energy Council of the Americas (ECOTA) is a bi- national nonprofit comprised of public

and private entities dedicated to advancing energy education in oil, natural gas, and power generation markets in the United States and Mexico. Balido is the former President of the Border Trade Alliance, and ex-Director of the the Private Sector Office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In 2014, he says ECOTA helped U.S. oil and gas corporations and a Mexican firm create the first joint venture hydrocarbons deal with the Mexican government. The deal entailed 59 contracts, and 175,000 acres of coal bed methane gas. Balido says Mexico is poised for energy growth, but must do a better job of engaging the industry. Mexican companies are also eager to partner with with technically capable U.S. companies, universities, and engineers. In 2014, Platts reported that Mexico’s oil agency, PEMEX, said that the country had 113 billion barrels of prospective resources, and 27 billion barrels were unexplored in deepwater. As those fields open up, companies will benefit if they develop teams with culturally and linguistically capable engineers.

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