Students

Notable Achievements

  • Barry Febos (Appropriate Technology) and faculty member James Houser published an article on micro-scale anaerobic digestion in the November 2017 issue of Biocycle magazine. Febos is now Building Performance Analyst and Facilities Technician at 21Acres in Seattle, Washington. 
  • Leah Simmerman (Sustainable Building Design and Construction) is a member of the design team at Shelter Alternatives Design/Build firm in Blacksburg, VA. 
  • Jakob Sjostrand (Appropriate Technology), Luke Henry (Appropriate Technology), and Brooks Camp (Building Science and Appropriate Technology; RPCV Malawi) are all members of the team at North Carolina's Advanced Energy, a non-profit energy consulting firm based in Raleigh, NC. 
  • Zack Hobbs (Renewable Energy Engineering) is Founder and President of Carolina Solar Services, based in Durham, North Carolina. The company also includes graduate Sean Hayes (Appropriate Technology), formerly Executive Director of The Oberlin Project, and now Senior Vice President of Operations at CSS. 
  • Bill Pfleger (Appropriate Technology and Building Science) is Senior Business Development and Marketing Specialist, Microgrids and Distributed Energy Resources, at Schneider Electric in Nashville, TN.
  • Becky Hobden (Renewable Energy Engineering) is working as a chemical engineer developing an enzymatic process system for biodiesel production at Viesel Fuel in Stuart, Florida.
  • Katie Cavert Ferrell (Appropriate Technology) is Director of the NC Green Schools Program, housed at the Catawba College Center for the Environment. 
  • Reid Anderson (Building Science) works for McKenney's Mechanical Contractors and Engineers, working out of their Charlotte office. 
  • An article about research completed by Alexandra Lowrie (Renewable Energy Engineering) was published in the January 18, 2018 edition of the Watauga Democrat. Lowrie  works as an energy modeler at Little Diversified Architectural Consulting in Charlotte, NC.
  • Brenton Faircloth (Appropriate Technology) is a project manager for Deltec Homes in Asheville, NC. 

Student Organizations

ASU Sustainable Energy Society (Solar Club)

  • Brent Summerville - Faculty Advisor
  • Appalachian State University's chapter of the Sustainable Energy Society.
  • Website

Epsilon Pi Tau

  • Dr. Kevin Howell - Faculty Advisor of the ASU Chapter
  • Encourages academic excellence of students in fields devoted to the general study of technology and the preparation of practitioners for the technology professions.
  • Website

Graduate Student Government Association

  • Kyle King, Department of Sustainable Technology Senator, 2018-2019
  • The Graduate Student Government Association of Appalachian State University is an elected body through which the graduate students discuss their concern for the welfare of the graduate students at the University, develop and disseminate ideas for the improvement of graduate education, and contribute to the formation of relevant University policy.
  • Website

Workshops for Graduate Students

  •  "Monthly listing of social and professional development workshops for graduate students"
  • Website