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2007 College Student Interns

A photo of four Native American student interns and a representative of the U.S. Department of Energy standing in front of a 3-foot rock wall and railing on the edge of a desert canyon.

Pictured left to right in the Navajo Nation: Debby Tewa (State of AZ), Thom Sacco (DOE), Cherylin Wilson, Nick Johnson and Terry Battiest.

Learn more about the Tribal Energy Program's 2007 college student interns, including their educational backgrounds, research papers, a testimonial, and photo.

Terry Battiest (Choctaw)

He was an undergraduate student in telecommunications and industrial engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder

Research paper: Navajo Tribal Utility Authority Solar Program System Data and O&M Initiative for DOE Solar Technologies Database

Nick Johnson (Three Affiliated)

He was an undergraduate student in mechanical engineering, University of Colorado — Denver

Research paper: Sustainability of Small Wind Turbines on Native American Tribal Lands

Cherilyn Wilson (Navajo)

She was an undergraduate student in biology and environmental science, Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Research paper: The Ecological Effects of a Native Wind Energy Project

Intern Testimonial

"Since I started the internship I have been introduced to many new things. The first week of my internship, we were in San Diego visiting tribes with TEP [Tribal Energy Program] projects on their lands. It was nice to hit the ground running and see some projects that have been done and were in development stages. I thought it was a good, albeit different, way to get acclimated to the working environment. Since day one, I have felt like a valuable member of the team, which is important because not only am I learning a great deal, I also feel like I am contributing to the group. It has been a change of pace for me that has enriched my perspective on tribal and renewable energy technologies. I think this will serve me well as an engineer because I will have seen how these technologies can affect a person firsthand." — Nick Johnson, 2007