National Mentoring Month: MLEF Graduate Success Q&A

Natenna: I worked on a project that would prevent and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. I was excited when my technical paper was accepted by a DOE-sponsored publication.

Kyle: I worked on chemical reaction models that were used in computational fluid dynamics simulations. It was a good opportunity to apply skills to real-world problems and applications.

Ashley: The first year, I researched synthesizing perovskite sorbents to separate oxygen from air. The second year, I worked in the newly established Rare Earth Elements program.

Gabby: I was a fellow in the MLEF program in 2001. I completed a summer internship with Marathon Oil.

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FE: What did you learn? 

Natenna: That energy is key to a sustainable society. And, all forms of energy development and production can be made more efficient and cleaner.

Kyle: Aside from the science, I learned to try to solve problems in a shorter time span by collaborating and problem solving with other team members.

Ashley: I learned a lot from my mentors and from National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) researchers. I gained valuable, hands-on research experience.

Gabby: I started working with DOE’s Office of Oil and Natural Gas as an engineering intern in 2002. When my mentor retired, I read the position description and I knew I could do that job. I applied and was selected.