Derek’s work in econometrics is uniquely driven by mindfulness, seeking to objectively understand how things work together to identify how they can be improved. Derek found purpose in the University of Wisconsin’s Agricultural and Applied Economics graduate program, where he combined his interest in science and business by focusing on resource and energy demand analysis. Since then, he has used his skills to challenge outdated methods and champion more efficient processes so there is still budget leftover at the end of a project to dig in to the follow-up questions that inevitably arise, but don’t always get answered.
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What are the ideas that drive you?
I am driven by compassion and mindfulness as well as a need for mutual understanding of problems and solutions. People with an econometrics background like mine can use a lot of fancy words or abbreviations, but all that knowledge is useless if the audience doesn’t understand. I want my work to be as approachable as possible so that my clients are encouraged to engage with the results.
How did you get into the clean energy field?
In undergrad, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, just that the work needed to be meaningful and tackle social problems. There was a lot of trial and error. But the Agriculture and Applied Economics program at the University of Wisconsin combined my interests with these goals and set me on my path in the energy industry.
What is your favorite spot in the world?
On a ski hill. Any of them. All of them.