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Student receives award for Renewable Energy

September 22, 2011

Marie Schoenenberger, a junior environmental engineering major at Saint Francis University and a resident of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, was awarded the OwnEnergy Renewable Energy Engineering Award, a $3000 award given by OwnEnergy, Inc. of Brooklyn, New York.

Marie Schoenenberger, a junior environmental engineering major at Saint Francis University and a resident of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, was awarded the OwnEnergy Renewable Energy Engineering Award, a $3000 award given by OwnEnergy, Inc. of Brooklyn, New York.

The Renewable Energy Center at Saint Francis aided Schoenenberger in earning the award. After the Center’s Community Wind project measured the wind resource in Patton and Ebensburg and found that the area was perfect for a wind farm, they put a bid out to Community Wind energy developers. OwnEnergy submitted the winning bid, and began working with Saint Francis to develop the wind farm.

The Brooklyn company wants the community to benefit from the wind farm and other green initiatives. One of the ways in which they are reaching out to the community is by offering an award to a student studying in the field. To be eligible to receive the award the student must be from Pennsylvania, have junior status, and must be pursuing a renewable energy concentration in the Environmental Engineering field. The student must also have an outstanding academic record, and must complete an essay explaining their interest in renewable energy.

Schoenenberger was chosen as the recipient of the award by the faculty in the engineering department at Saint Francis. She is an environmental engineering major with a concentration in renewable energy. Schoenenberger chose Saint Francis because she wanted to study and work with the renewable energy endeavor, while remaining close to home. “Saint Francis was the only school within a 6-hour radius (of home) that had that specific concentration, and it was small and Catholic too, which is very important to me,” she said.

After graduation, Schoenenberger plans to go on to graduate school to earn a master’s degree in chemical engineering, and may even go on to get earn her Ph.D. She wants to work with batteries, hoping to bring them up to 21st century standards. “I've thought about companies like Panasonic and Apple which are big into the battery technology or even something with the coast guard or the Peace Corps or even teaching. I'm honestly not sure at the moment, but I know that it will be something worthwhile,” Schoenenberger explained about her future. For the time being, Schoenberger is excited to receive the award from OwnEnergy, and her interest in renewable energy continues to grow.


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