16 episodes

Young Professionals in Energy Podcast was started to learn from energy industry leaders of yesterday, inspire today's professionals in the field, and influence the energy champions of tomorrow. We want to talk to everyone - from engineers to financiers to policy makers. If you are passionate about energy, please feel free to reach out to us! mark.hinaman@gmail.com

YPE Podcast Young Professionals in Energy

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    • 4.5 • 8 Ratings

Young Professionals in Energy Podcast was started to learn from energy industry leaders of yesterday, inspire today's professionals in the field, and influence the energy champions of tomorrow. We want to talk to everyone - from engineers to financiers to policy makers. If you are passionate about energy, please feel free to reach out to us! mark.hinaman@gmail.com

    Miguel Peña - President & CEO, TenEx Technologies

    Miguel Peña - President & CEO, TenEx Technologies

    Miguel Peña is an entrepreneur and President & CEO of TenEx Technologies, a full-service laboratory, logistics, and service company focused on developing innovative chemical technologies that improve oil recovery. In this episode, host Mark Hinaman chats with Miguel about the company and his views on the energy industry as a whole.

    Show Notes:
    00:30 Miguel's introduction to the oil & gas field and the genesis of TenEx Technologies
    03:10 Business opportunity in the chemical space vs. frac sand space
    06:45 Miguel's background as an entrepreneur
    12:35 Buying and operating mines in Florida and Nebraska
    22:20 Lessons learned about growing his mining business
    24:30 Handling the Great Recession and the first price shocks from the shale revolution
    30:35 The painful process of exiting the frac sand business
    34:50 Developing a strategy to transition to TenEx
    38:05 Technical discussion of the first TenEx product, NanoClear
    45:00 Additional products in TenEx's catalog
    49:45 Miguel's concerns for the energy industry; future goals and areas of focus for TenEx
    53:25 Future goals and areas of focus for TenEx
    55:05 Miguel's advice for young professionals in energy
    62:15 Where Miguel sees the energy industry in the future

    Miguel's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/miguel-pe%C3%B1a-3160b91/

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Matthew Wald - Energy Analyst & Writer

    Matthew Wald - Energy Analyst & Writer

    Matthew Wald is an independent energy analyst and journalist who has worked for the New York Times and the Nuclear Energy Institute. In this episode of the YPE Podcast, he sits down with hosts Mark and Carolyn to discuss the climate crisis, nuclear power's potential, and the "mythology" in the public perception of solar.

    Show Notes:
    01:08 Matthew's background with journalism and energy
    06:25 Filling an energy knowledge gap at the New York Times
    08:20 The energy sector's challenges from climate change
    09:39 Adapting to climate events vs. mitigating them
    11:55 Why the electric grid must evolve to reduce the impacts of carbon
    14:25 Nuclear power's future role in the energy mix
    18:02 Benefits of smaller-scale nuclear reactors
    19:23 The impacts of political rhetoric on energy policies
    23:15 Matthew's transition to the Nuclear Energy Institute
    24:22 Nuclear power's public perception and the "mythology" surrounding solar
    34:12 How the media would be involved in a nuclear fleet expansion
    43:20 How we have squandered time to solve the carbon problem
    45:38 What Matthew would change in the nuclear regulatory environment
    49:28 New reactor companies' approach to reducing licensing burden
    51:30 Matthew's advice for young professionals in the energy sector

    Matthew's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-l-wald-206b0464/

    Matthew's work at the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/by/matthew-l-wald

    • 54 min
    Kathleen Nelson Romans - Business Innovation Engineer

    Kathleen Nelson Romans - Business Innovation Engineer

    Kathleen Nelson Romans works to develop and commercialize electric vehicle charging technology, serving as a bridge between Eaton's research division and business units to ensure that time and research will actually lead to revenue. In this episode of the YPE Podcast, she sits down with hosts Mark and Jake to discuss the current state of electric vehicle infrastructure, barriers to EV adoption, and even lab-grown meat.

    Show Notes:
    00:34 Kathleen's role as business innovation engineer & what Eaton does
    02:59 Kathleen's background & development program rotations
    05:14 Electric vehicle infrastructure strategies & market segments
    07:04 What bottlenecks exist for switching everyone to electric vehicles?
    08:59 Managed charging & time-of-use tariffs
    11:34 Opportunities for young professionals in this sector
    15:14 Electric alternatives to off-road vehicles?
    16:44 Common misconceptions about electric infrastructure
    18:24 How do the YPE hosts feel about electric vehicles?
    21:29 How would existing infrastructure handle the increase in charging demand?
    24:14 Emerging trend of "DC as a service"
    28:14 How public perception is a barrier to EV adoption
    30:49 The carbon footprint of food; water consumption in food production
    34:24 Ranking food by its carbon dioxide and car miles equivalent
    37:04 Meat substitutes and lab-grown meat
    37:44 Advice to share with young professionals on a similar career path
    38:54 Has Kathleen changed her mind about something in her industry?
    40:54 Kathleen's perspective on recycling
    44:14 Do any industry trends keep Kathleen up at night?

    Kathleen's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/knelsonromans/

    The Rivian camp kitchen mentioned this episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i4ezh8pneI

    • 47 min
    Julia Kimmerly and Allie James - Invenergy

    Julia Kimmerly and Allie James - Invenergy

    Julia and Allie both worked in the renewable energy department at Invenergy. We review with them how Invenergy thinks about developing wind and renewable projects, considerations when developing, and thoughts on wind in the future.

    Show Notes:
    02:14 Allie's background
    02:51 Development cycle of a typical wind project at Invenergy
    04:11 Challenges of making sure sites are construction-ready; interaction with landowners
    07:21 Recent wind turbine technology changes; impacts on wind farm layouts
    11:25 Public misconceptions about wind farms
    12:39 Pushback from stakeholders and considerations for bird populations
    16:56 Considerations for wind projects near homes & commercial buildings
    20:45 Comparing working in renewables & natural gas industries
    23:08 Working on projects from start to finish
    24:50 Recent changes to factors significantly affecting their jobs
    27:56 Inspiration for entering the energy industry
    29:51 Thoughts on carbon capture sequestration
    31:36 Advice for young professionals looking to enter the industry
    33:22 Alarming industry trends; impacts of political uncertainty
    36:28 Thoughts on offshore wind projects in the next decade
    38:48 End

    Julia's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliakimmerly/

    Allie's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alliemjames/

    • 38 min
    Smriti Mishra - Business Development & Strategy Director

    Smriti Mishra - Business Development & Strategy Director

    Prachi Mehta from the YPE Bay Area chapter and Tyler Micheli from the YPE Denver chapter come together to interview Smriti Mishra. Smriti is Director of Business Development and Strategy at Weave Grid, which provides electrification software for the scalable deployment of electric vehicles on the electric grid. Smriti has expertise in energy innovation, aggregation, and building industry collaborations. Prior to WeaveGrid, she was a Director at National Grid, a large Northeast utility where she led joint ventures for distributed energy for the unregulated business, including investments of over $110M in residential solar and storage. Smriti has also operated in demand response at EnerNOC (now Enel X) in a general management function as a P&L owner. She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelors in Physics from the University of Chicago.

    Show notes:
    01:35 intro to Weave Grid and guest
    01:48 Mishra before Weave Grid
    02:43 superpower of choice?
    03:31 dream profession entering college?
    04:48 motivation/inspiration for her work
    05:48 how Smriti got into energy
    07:20 business school
    10:42 climate change road map
    13:58 concrete steps to growing technical knowledge during business school
    18:25 unforgettable advice from a professor: what makes you happy?
    20:20 what should the energy sector be working on short-term? whatever you can make an immediate impact in
    24:57 how to determine what your true interests/skills are; be open to learning something unique
    29:10 type 1 fun vs. type 2 fun in your career
    30:51 reflecting on uncommon/indirect career path
    34:30 importance of networking
    35:30 current role, typical week at Weave Grid
    37:44 latest stats on EV adoption
    39:23 likes/dislikes about current job
    49:49 advice for managers: hire someone smarter than you
    41:47 her recruiting strategies
    43:45 tips for job-seekers getting into the sector
    47:15 activities outside the office that helped her grow
    49:34 her memories of YPE in grad school
    51:13 any disappointments/failures overcome in career?
    54:36 optimistic about the future of the world?
    60:40 what is her dream futuristic world?

    Smriti's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/search/results/all/?keywords=smriti%20mishra&origin=RICH_QUERY_SUGGESTION&position=0&searchId=8700cebb-b326-4f8d-862f-594dc0be5838&sid=13%3B

    Prachi Mehta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/prachimehtaut/

    Tyler Micheli's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tyler-micheli-0b1a801b/

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Andrew Leach - Economist

    Andrew Leach - Economist

    Andrew Leach is an energy and environmental economist and is Associate Professor at the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from Queen’s University, and a B.Sc (Environmental Sciences) and M.A. (Economics) from the University of Guelph and recently completed an L.L.M. from the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta which will be conferred in 2021. His research spans energy and environmental economics with a particular interest in climate change policies and the law. Outside of work hours, his free time is spent with his two kids, Will (13) and Caroline (11), as well as cycling and arguing on Twitter.

    Show notes:

    - Leach's background; University of Alberta to law, energy and environmental policy
    - Background as a policymaker
    - Greenhouse gas pollution pricing act
    - Thoughts on Biden's announced 2030 greenhouse gas reduction goals; why he does not agree with Canada's previous targets historically (targets need to be backed by policy)
    - Why Canada needs stricter policies compared to US; differences in energy production from oil&gas since 2005
    - Effect of fracking revolution on emissions longterm
    - How should success be tracked, if not by emissions targets?
    - Canada's emissions policies; provincial vs federal policies
    - How emissions tax is charged
    - How those tax funds are reallocated
    - Any lessons learned on Canadaian carbon tax that the US could apply?
    - How to determine what price to actually charge
    - Carbon tax effects on electricity prices
    - Other than carbon pricing, any other policies that US and Canada should be pursuing? (vehicle emissions standards)
    - How can young professionals get involved in policymaking decisions?
    - What keeps Andrew up at night
    - Advice to YP: follow what's interesting to you

    Andrew Leach's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-leach-50a75077/

    Jack Whelan's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/whelanjack/

    Mark Hinaman's LInkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/markhinaman/

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
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8 Ratings

ttracyy1014 ,

Great podcast so far!

Only the first few episodes are out at this point, but the team who put this together have good chemistry and their topics are great! I’ve enjoyed hearing about different aspects of the energy industry. Keep it up!

Tyler B Davis ,


Happy to be the first official review and even more excited to see this podcast take off. Great concept with great people!

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