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Educating the Leaders 
for Our Clean and Efficient Energy Future


Congratulations to IES's Anders Johnson who was recently awarded a $3,000 scholarship for the 2024-2025 academic year from the Renewable Energy Scholarship Foundation!

Anders is being recognized for his work on modeling ceramic thermal energy storage materials for concentrated solar power applications with Prof Nipun Goel, and also for his research on organic materials for photovoltaic applications in a course with Prof Tim Kowalczyk. 

Anders Johnson is a fair skinned male with light brown hair. He is smiling at the camera and is wearing a collared button down shirt.

IES faculty member and Washington Senator Sharon Shewmake, along with IES Director Darrin Magee recently joined Governor Jay Inslee on a tour of energy efficiency upgrades at a Bellingham preschool.

From left to right: Governor Jay Inslee, IES Director Darrin Magee, and IES faculty and Washington Senator Sharon Shwemake. The group is standing in a small playground and there are low buildings in the background.

In this special edition of Window:

  • Guest editor Amy Harder writes about How we know the energy transition in here 
  • IES Director Darrin Magee discusses Energy Studies at WWU
  • Student profile 'Everything is about energy': The many lives of Olivier Singbo

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Young people, including college and university students, are pelted with bad news about the world they will inherit.

Vitally important fields such as ecology and environmental science paint a picture of the planet’s natural and physical systems under stress, and the negative impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly widespread, frequent, and irrefutable.

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Originally from Anacortes, Bjånesøy (Pronounced b-yon-ne-soy) was one of the first WWU students to graduate with the BA in Energy Policy and Management, created in 2015. 

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Energy science and technology major Megan Bellusci explains the significance of her work and how we can reimagine energy storage.  

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Solomon Duke’s career path has been nothing short of exciting. After graduating from Western in 2022 with a B.S. in Energy Science and Technology and a minor in Energy Policy, Duke traveled to Israel to focus on peace-building efforts. 

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"I chose to pursue a minor in Energy Policy after I came to the realization that energy production and consumption are two of the greatest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. We can’t expect to improve the environment without a significant shift towards energy efficiency, carbon pricing, and renewable technologies."

Stefanie Neale

Class of 2017

"Energy plays a critical role in most of the economic, environmental, and political policy challenges facing the world in the twenty-first century. Western’s Institute for Energy Studies is exciting to me because its goal is to equip students and help researchers to understand how energy-related issues affect these challenges."

Phil Thompson

Associate Professor, Economics