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Zainab – Energy efficiency Analyst

Zainab is an absolute force of nature that is taking the world by storm, looking at how businesses can improve their energy efficiency. We hear her story from over in Washington.

Hi! Tell us a bit about your backstory

Hi! I’m Zainab and I  grew up in Dubai, UAE. I went to Penn State for my undergraduate degree where I majored in Energy Engineering and minored in Environmental Engineering. I currently work as an Energy Efficiency Analyst where I consult lighting manufacturers on design implementations to improve their product’s efficiency and allow them to secure government issued rebates. I also develop content for trainings offered to utilities in the benefits of electrification and the technologies that can be implemented to reduce our carbon footprint.

So why are you passionate about this aspect of sustainability?

From a young age, I’ve always felt most at peace when immersed in nature. While traveling to numerous countries nothing would catch my eye more than the unique terrain and natural beauty of the land. Upon learning the harmful consequences that our actions had on this planet, I grew determined to learn more about what could be done to fix this problem. During my time earning my Energy Engineering degree at Penn State, I was fascinated by the impact we could make by directing our focus toward harnessing energy from sources like solar, wind and hydro while researching the processes by which this energy is allocated.

What’s next for you?

In the future I hope to further my education and broaden my scope by learning more about the efficient and effective distribution of energy. I hope to make a significant contribution to our efforts in combating climate change by paving a more environmental and sustainable path for the future generations to follow.

One piece of advice for a sustainable future

Look at the alternatives. Whether it may be commuting, cooking or working, our everyday practices can become more sustainable and environmental if we take the time to research and educate ourselves on what those alternatives are.

What would you recommend from RYVIAS for our audience?

I think having ‘SMEs’ (subject matter experts) could be highly beneficial in our training and content development process. Having those resources will provide insight on all the technology and information out there that we can then provide to the RYVIAS audience.


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