Joan is our master bridge-builder, helping to close the gap between business goals and engineering capabilities. With real world experience in fuel cells, energy efficiency program implementation, renewable technologies, and energy efficiency evaluation, Joan is a master at identifying the best solution to solve a client’s diverse needs. Joan’s passion for the energy industry has only grown as she’s learned how access to clean energy will make all the difference in preserving the world for her children and future generations.
years as a competitive gymnast
art fairs selling needlepoint crafts
How did you get into the clean energy field?
By accident. I went into a teacher's office to get a test back in college, and after a long conversation with him, was offered a job at the National Fuel Cell Research Center. Being a poor college student, I gladly accepted it without even knowing what fuel cells were.
When do you have the most fun at work?
I really enjoy figuring out how to make an idea a reality—thinking through the needed steps and then partnering with my colleagues and clients to execute those steps, always evaluating intermediate results and adjusting the plan to achieve the desired results. It's like applied problem solving. I also really enjoy learning and trying new things. Working with smart people with backgrounds that are different than mine keep learning going!
How do you spend your time on the weekends?
Playing with my two sons, sailing, hiking, knitting, spending time with my friends