by Britt FlahertyGreen algae may soon be what powers our cars, planes, and light bulbs, but only if a workforce of smart professionals learns how to grow and process the energy stored in photosynthetic bugs. That's where Educating and Developing Workers for the Green Economy, or EDGE, comes in. EDGE is a collaborative effort on behalf of San Diego powerhouses such as UCSD, SDSU, CleanTECH San Diego, BIOCOM, and the San Diego Workforce Partnership, focused on educating a next-generation workforce in green technology. In this second entry of SD-CAB's new blog on all things green in San Diego, I'll profile a few students from an EDGE course on Biofuels this past quarter, taught by Professor John Buchner, Ph.D. Buchner, like many EDGE instructors, is a post-doctoral scholar in an SD-CAB lab and is focused on a career in educating the next generation of scientists and researchers.
|Rebecca Fowler holds an Environmental Studies degree from UNLV and has been working in development and land management for many years. She feels that the EDGE program has given her career direction: "I hope to apply what I learned in this program to a job where I am ultimately proud of what I do," she says "and now that I have a child, it means more than anything to me to do something that will serve him and his generation." Fowler feels a strong connection to the environment, and even wrote a thesis on redevelopment as an undergraduate. She says that "being exposed to all different aspects of the biofuels industry as well as the talented and educated EDGE instructors" is preparing her for a career that focuses more on alternative energy and environmental protection. |
Britt Flaherty is a graduate student at UC San Diego and a volunteer writer and educator with SD-CAB. You can contact her at email@example.com.