Student Work at SERC

UNPEPP Interns with Ray Cozby

Redwood National and State Parks Chief of Facilities Management Ray Cozby with energy interns Jeffrey Hinton, Lucas Siegfried, and Teresa Persons. (Photo credit SERC).

SERC welcomes eight student employees to our program, a two- fold increase in just one month. Four Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE) students joined our project researching the quality, performance, and cost of electric lanterns using white light emitting diode (WLED) technology: Ryan Vicente, James Apple, and Andrea Yarberry are quantifying the effects of indoor air pollution associated with the use of kerosene lanterns in Kenya; Patricia Lai is researching the issues associated with battery disposal due to the replacement of kerosene lanterns with WLED lamps.

Also all ERE students are SERC’s UNPEPP 2008 interns, Teresa Persons, Jeffrey Hinton, and Lucas Siegfried. The interns are charged with conducting an energy audit, designing a grid- connected photovoltaic system, and developing interpretive signage for the Redwood National and State Parks Headquarters in Crescent City, CA.

Finally, SERC welcomes our first-ever high school student intern, Nick Elsbree. Nick is a senior at Arcata High School and will be working on our HyTEC project. See the Project Updates section for more information about the HyTEC work Nick will perform during the summer.

About Allison Hansberry

As Operations Manager for the Schatz Center, Allison is responsible for program administration. Her work includes planning, analyzing, and evaluating the Center's fiscal and operational policies and procedures and providing assistance with and leadership in pre-and-post award grant and contract management. Allison also oversees the Center's education and outreach program and works with the Outreach Coordinator to develop renewable energy programs. Allison graduated from Humboldt State University with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies, Botany minor. Her degree combines the disciplines of Environmental Science, Appropriate Technology, and Sustainable Agriculture. When not engaged in work and raising a family, she pursues her interest in native bees, plant/pollinator interactions, and climate change impacts on phenology. Allison joined SERC in 2001.