Mia with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz
Excerpted from the blog, ecotext, by Kyle Crider)
Not many college students can say they've rubbed elbows with senators. But, Ecotech Institute's own Mia Desmedt is able to say just that. She met U.S. Senator Mark Udall of Colorado at an event for women in energy hosted at RES Americas headquarters this past May.
The event, where Mia also met U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, gave women in Colorado's wind industry the opportunity to discuss the latest industry news and network. Mia, a student in Ecotech Institute's Wind Energy Technology program, was one of the only students in attendance and shared some insights from attending her first industry event.
Mia shared that she would have never heard about the event if it weren't for Wind Energy Technology Program Director, Shawn Lamb. "He told me about the event and said that I would be a good candidate to go," said Mia.
Mia with U.S. Senator Mark Udall
Mia is currently involved in a number of school clubs and sits in a leadership position in all of them. Due to her high level of involvement in her program and college organizations, Mia has developed a strong relationship with not only her program director but also other instructors in her program.
Mia also learned this can be an opportunity to meet important individuals. At the event she connected with influential women in the wind industry and met members of WoWE (Women of Wind Energy), a nonprofit organization for women in wind. During the networking portions of the event, she found out about the mentoring program offered by WoWE and plans to participate in mentoring.
"These are the people I'm going to interact with in the long term," she said. "They are mentors I can learn from. I even got to talk to a senator and shake his hand!"