AIE 2016 Scholarship Winner - Caitlin Trethewy
Caitlin Trethewy is the recipient of the AIE Youth Study Scholarship for 2015-16.
The AIE is delighted to announce Caitlin Trethewy as the 2016 winner of the AIE Youth Study Scholarship. Caitlin is a renewable energy engineer with experience in solar energy and ecologically sustainable design. She has worked with the public and private sectors to drive the uptake of innovative energy technologies.
Caitlin joined Lendlease as a graduate where she worked on sustainability for Barangaroo, the world’s first carbon neutral precinct of its size. In 2015 she moved to GHD’s Infrastructure Advisory practice and advised government clients on key national policies including the Emissions Reduction Fund. She was seconded to the Department of Defence for nine months where she worked to plan and implement renewable energy projects.
In August 2016, Caitlin will commence a Masters of Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She will study energy policy and electricity regulation focusing on the policies and business models required to smoothly integrate distributed energy generation and storage into the existing grid.
Caitlin is passionate about bringing clean and affordable energy technology to the world. She has volunteered with Engineers without Borders for four years on various projects including research on carbon credit opportunities for development projects and delivering a workshop on saving energy in the home to an Aboriginal community. The AIE Youth Scholarship will support Caitlin’s involvement with the Harvard Energy & Environment Professional Interest Council (EEPIC). Each year, EEPIC students undertake international study tours to explore best practice in addressing the key international issues of climate change, energy security, and innovation management. Caitlin is very grateful to receive the AIE scholarship which will enable her to attend.
She looks forward to returning to work in Australia at the conclusion of her degree, and a continuing involvement with AIE. Caitlin is excited to share her experiences and learnings, and to participate in ongoing discussions with the AIE community on energy industry transformation.