Q&A with Natalia Swalnick

COGA: What exactly does the Air Quality/Clean Cities Manager do? Natalia: The Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition supports local practices to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector. We work with private companies, public fleets, and other organizations to encourage the use of alternative fuels. The portfolio of technologies and vehicles that Clean Cities advances includes hybrids, fuel economy, fuel efficiencies, alternative fuels and vehicles, as well as idling equipment and programs. We are advancing the deployment of vehicles and infrastructure in tandem to create a market for alternative fuels. Read More »

Q&A with Bill Ritter

Bill Ritter Jr. is currently the Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University. The Center started February 2011 with Ritter as the founding Director. Ritter was elected as Colorado’s 41st governor in 2006 — the first Colorado-born governor in more than 35 years. Ritter led Colorado forward by bringing people together to tackle some of our state’s biggest challenges. During his 4 year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader by building a New Energy Economy that is creating thousands of new jobs and establishing hundreds of new companies.  Read More »

Q&A with Ifueko Akpata

I am from Nigeria. I was transferred to the United States in 2004. While I was in Nigeria I worked for Halliburton for about 6 years. Out of the 6 years spent in Nigeria with Halliburton, I worked as a drilling fluid engineer for 4 years. I was the first–and only–female drilling fluid engineer in Nigeria until 2004. There were very few female engineers in other aspects of the industry but when I joined, the industry wasn’t quite open to hiring “female mud engineers”. Read More »

Q&A with Siobhan Pritchard

Get to know an industry professional who loves what she does and where she lives. This month, we asked Siobhan Pritchard, Project Geologist at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates (CRA), more about her role in the industry and what she’s passionate about. Read More »