Meet the Next Class of Energy Leaders

The Kleinman Center welcomes a new class of talented and diverse individuals to its Certificate in Energy Management and Policy program.

The incoming class includes students from Penn Law, Wharton, School of Design, and School of Arts and Sciences.  Together, the group embodies the integrated and multifaceted nature of energy policy.  As these students look to begin careers in a broad range of fields, expertise in energy policy is a key skill that will help candidates stand out from the rest of the field.

The Kleinman Center’s interdisciplinary certificate program draws from a comprehensive set of courses across several schools and provides key foundational courses in energy policy. The certificate builds understanding of relevant topics in energy policy and the analytic skills necessary for policy development and implementation.

Bringing Diverse Backgrounds to Energy Policy

Our new class of students brings a variety of backgrounds and experiences to the program. Yann Manibog is a Wharton MBA student who comes to Penn after beginning his career as a management consultant. Working primarily with energy sector and defense sector clients, Manibog spent some time working for a start-up and designed a micro-scale wind turbine for rural households in India. “I was drawn to the certificate program because I would like future employers to know that I have credible energy sector expertise”, said Manibog. “This program will help me further pursue my interests in renewable energy finance and the ongoing energy transition”.

Penn Law student Jonathan Hess was attracted to the Certificate Program for its reach across a variety of academic fields. “Energy is truly an interdisciplinary field, and the Kleinman program recognizes this,” Hess remarked. “Being able to take a class on urban planning at PennDesign while then learning how to fund your proposals during an energy finance class at Wharton is appealing”. MES Student Brandon Burke is also hoping to enrich his energy and legal background. As a general counsel to an engineering firm and a trial attorney for a private law firm, Burke hopes to the certificate program will further prepare him for a career in the energy industry. His goal is to use the specialized education gained through the Certificate in Energy Management and Policy to facilitate development of renewable energy generation assets. Hess and Burke look to develop experience in concepts and skills that they can bring to the legal arena and beyond.

Beginning a Career in Energy

The Kleinman Center is proud to have graduated many talented students from the certificate program over the past two years. Our students have gone on to work for government, non-profits, and private energy companies.

Miriam Posner graduated from Penn in the spring of 2016 with a degree in Public Administration and a Certificate in Energy Management and Policy. After leaving Penn, she landed a job with A Better City in Boston as their Director of Energy and Environmental Policy. “Through the Kleinman Center I grew more versatile and capable”, Posner says. The certificate program provided the strong interdisciplinary energy education that Miriam wanted, and this education will continue to greatly inform her energy career.

If you are interested in learning more about the Certificate in Energy Management and Policy program, please visit our webpage.