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Dr. Ben Gaddy ‘07 Steers Startups’ Strategies for Solving Climate Change

Following is one of 28 first-person alumni profiles that were compiled in a photo book for the Park Foundation Trustees in September 2016 and updated recently. Each alumnus was ask to share highlights of his or her path from receiving the Park Scholarship to the present day.

Toilet Reinventer BJ Ward ‘09 Travels the World in Pursuit of Renewable Energy

Imagine a toilet that uses concentrated sunlight to heat up human waste to temperatures upwards of 300°C and turn it into sterilized charcoal. As unconventional as it might sound, this “Sol-Char Toilet” was the basis of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded project on which BJ Ward ‘09 spent most of her first year as a professional research associate with the University of Colorado (CU-Boulder).

Energy in Bloom: The Class of 2015 Legacy

Problem: You’re studying outdoors on NC State’s Centennial Campus, and your laptop battery is nearly dead. Solution: Plug into a tree to recharge. Yes, a tree – but not just any tree.

Learning Lab I: Energy Innovation in North Carolina

posted 2013.04.10 The Class of 2016 met with individuals in Boone, Pittsboro, and Raleigh to gain a deeper understanding of leadership through exploring the theme of energy innovation in North Carolina. Students interacted with leaders across the state currently involved with developing conventional and alternative energy solutions.   The Class of 2016 at a wind power research site on Beech Mountain. Prior to departing on their trip, Park Scholars learned about fracking and grid modernization from leaders representing Duke Energy,
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Students Shine Light on Energy Problem

Freshman Park Scholars organize NC State’s first Energy Awareness Week. On April 7, the lights went off at NC State. And five freshman Park Scholars were responsible. Thursday, April 7, was “Blackout Night” where students turned their lights off and enjoyed free music, refreshments and glow-in-the-dark sports on Harris Field. The event marked the finale of NC State’s first Energy Awareness Week, the collective brainchild of William Arrington, Sarah Brumbaugh, Korey Hite, Sarah Kim and Cynthia Rouf. Calling themselves the
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