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Manufacturing a Career that Matters

June 22, 2015

By Maggie Mann, CEMAC Technical Director

Photo of Suzanne Tegen of the Market and Policy Impact Analysis group at NREL's Strategic Energy Analysis Center and Nate Blair, Manager of the Energy Forecasting and Modeling group, looking at a computer screen showing a renewable energy risk performance model.

It's the people at the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) who have made a tremendous difference in developing amazing technologies that can really change the world.

I have worked as an analyst and manager at NREL for more than 20 years, and I've recently taken on a new role as the technical director of the Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center (CEMAC).

What I enjoy about my job is creating an environment where my staff can do the best job possible. And in CEMAC, I am working to develop a consistent methodology and framework so that we can look at the manufacturing opportunities for clean energy technologies.

We are developing clean energy technologies that can improve our environment and our energy security. CEMAC looks at these technologies through a new lens: the potential to improve our economy as well.

My hope is that through CEMAC, we can continue to add manufacturing analysis to our portfolio and to our way of thinking in terms of the research that happens here at NREL and across the national lab complex.

The thing I really love about NREL is the innovation and the people that allow that innovation to take place. And we've extended that spirit of innovation to CEMAC to create an environment that is collaborative, where we are doing the best work we can to move clean energy technologies forward on the research side and on the manufacturing side as well.

There are very few places where you are able to do important work in important new areas and develop your own pathway and your own career as you go forward.

CEMAC is such a place.

Find out how you can collaborate with CEMAC.