Huston Tillotson University - 2014

  • Andy Ferris
Metro Area: 
Austin, TX
Facility Type: 
Office Building | Academic Buildings

Coming Fall 2014!

Fellow Profile

The reason I applied for EDF Climate Corps:
I was interested in the EDF Climate Corps fellowship from the start of business school, as I had heard about it from a fellow from the previous year. I was looking for an opportunity to develop my financial skills while remaining in my target industry of CleanTech and sustainability. EDF offered a unique opportunity that was very appealing to me.

A recent professional or volunteer experience I've enjoyed:
I recently had the privilege of working directly with SunPower to evaluate potential utility-scale solar installations here in Texas. It was exciting to work directly with a major solar company and continue to hone my financial skills. It was my first experience working directly in the solar industry and exposed me to the challenges and issues that those companies face.

One skill I hope to make use of this summer:
I hope that I can use my engineering skills this summer. I have been working on my analytical and financial skills for the last year, which I know will be crucial to my success at Huston-Tillotson this summer. However, I am an engineer first, and I am hopeful that I can use my background to come up with unique and successful solutions for my host company.

My favorite class or activity in graduate school:
I have enjoyed my work with the Entrepreneurship Society. I have been exposed to cutting edge technologies and early stage companies. The people working in those industries have a high level of passion that is tough to duplicate in a professional setting.

My favorite outdoor place:
My favorite outdoor place is Lake Coeur 'd Alene in Northern Idaho. My family has been going to Coeur 'd Alene to fish, hike and bike since I was a child. It remains fairly undeveloped, and I enjoy the time I get to spend there experiencing the outdoors.

One thing I hope to achieve:
I hope to eventually own my own business in the CleanTech industry. I believe climate change is the greatest challenge mankind has ever faced, and that there is a responsibility for those who can to pursue opportunities in sustainable business. It is my hope to one day have a business that is successful enough to employ my own EDF Climate Corps fellow.