The new year has brought some new faces and fresh energy to InStove. We are excited about the contributions our new interns and staff member are bringing to our work building clean cookstoves and related technologies, and getting the word out about our efforts to help some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.
Intern Alicia Li is a current University of Oregon (UO) undergraduate, majoring in art and environmental science. She loves photography and playing tennis. We don’t know if her on-court skills will help us in the office, but Alicia’s already putting her photographer’s eye to good use revamping and updating our photo archives. We look forward to the new Vimeo and Youtube channels she is setting up for InStove.
Erik Ford is a nontraditional UO student finishing up an undergraduate degree in general social science. Erik is interested in the nonprofit culture, which makes him a natural for InStove. He’ll be splitting his internship time between our factory and the office, constructing an evaluation of our production process and reviewing our business plan. We want to congratulate Erik on his acceptance last week into the UO’s Oregon MBA program starting in the 2013 fall term, where he’ll concentrate on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Nicole Shearer graduated from the UO in June 2012 with a degree in environmental sociology and history. She has been working to expand our social media outreach and was instrumental in jumpstarting our Twitter feed. Nicole is passionate about woman’s health, food security and environmental justice. She says she’s already learned a lot about the challenges a non-profit organization faces in the month that she has worked with us.
Our final new face, Apprentice Engineer Nick Moses joined the team during last week’s Winter Workshop, where he jumped right in to help Director of Technology Damon Ogle set up and demonstrate our water pasteurization system. That’s a good thing, because over the coming year Nick will assist Damon with the final development and testing of the pasteurizer. Nick received his Bachelor’s degree in engineering from Oregon State University, but our Duck-heavy staff won’t give him too much grief about his alma matter.