Once more I’d like to express my gratitude at having been given the opportunity to attend the WINDPOWER conference as this year’s scholarship recipient. It was truly motivating to be surrounded by so many established professionals who are not only willing, but eager to share their passion for this field. I had the privilege of attending a handful of sessions, poster presentations, and panel discussions; and took the opportunity to really involve myself in many of the activities that took place throughout the conference. Though there was much ground to cover—especially as a newcomer, I found many of the sessions stimulating and helpful in allowing me to glimpse into the many different sectors involved in this industry. One of the highlights of my time at WINDPOWER was not only getting to network and meet established individuals in the field, but also connecting with other newcomers who like myself are trying to pave their way in this industry. In addition, it was great to see an event like this also actively work to foster a passion for renewable energy in younger children by way of the KidWind Challenge – speaking to them and seeing their ingenuity and inventiveness further demonstrated to me that there’s so much to do for these younger generations. Overall, my biggest takeaway lied in that though there’s much one can be part of now, this industry is growing and actively looking for ways to improve and knowing this furthers my drive to want to help push this industry forward. Thank you again for this amazing opportunity!

– Lucy Tafur, Engineer Project Associate, AWS Truepower