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UNC Energy Club

Mission | Leadership Team | Membership Benefits | Major Events


The Energy Club exists to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and connections necessary to compete for top energy industry jobs and internships and enhance their value in the workplace.

Leadership Team

Christine Shaner - President

Christine grew up in King George County, VA. She graduated.from the Johns Hopkins University in 2010, where she studied International Studies and Economics. Christine spent her first year after graduation teaching English in the town of Auch, France. Through her travels, Christine developed a focus on international development and social justice, particularly around energy policy, interests which she pursued in a Master's program at Duke University. Upon moving back to the the U.S., Christine got her first business experience diving into the management role of an equestrian facility in Chapel Hill, NC. She discovered a love and knack for management. The desire to combine these threads--a global worldview, an interest in energy, and management aptitude--into her career motivated Christine's decision to go to UNC Kenan-Flagler and pursue the Energy Enrichment Concentration. She is thrilled by the opportunity that the new Energy Center represents and committed to supporting her UNC Kenan-Flagler's colleagues in becoming leaders in the energy space.

Contact: Christine_Shaner@kenan-flagler.unc.edu 

Travis Thein - Executive Vice President

Travis was born and raised in Kansas City. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Finance. He began his career as a consultant for a Healthcare IT firm and transitioned to sales at a mutual fund company, both in Kansas City. In his spare time, he would find himself researching advancements in renewable energy technology. It was this passion that led him down the path to Kenan-Flagler, and ultimately Energy Club leadership. Oh, and if you ever want to talk college basketball, he’s your man.

Contact: Travis_Thein@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

Jacob Knoop - VP of Communications

Jake was born and raised in Summit, NJ. He graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Philosophy. He worked for 5 years for Kirkland & Ellis LLP as a paralegal in NYC and subsequently Washington, DC. His interest in community and improving businesses led him to UNC Kenan-Flagler, where he is a Legacy Cup Captain. He will be interning during Summer 2015 with Addivant.

Contact: Jake_Knoop@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

Bo Rhyne - VP of Finance

Bo grew up in Charlotte, NC and always had a dream of attending UNC. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2012 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. After two internships with CB&I (formerly the Shaw Group), Bo signed on fulltime to work as a design engineer on site on the construction of the Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant. With a solid background in engineering, Bo saw the UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA as a great opportunity to complement his engineering skills with business acumen through his pursuit in a concentration in Corporate Finance and Enrichments in Energy and Entrepreneurship.

Contact: Alfred_Rhyne@kenan-flagler.unc.edu 

Trevor Sprague - VP of Corporate Relations (Career Treks)

‚ÄčTrevor graduated from the University of Georgia in 2012 with a degree in Biology. Afterward, he taught high school science as a Teach For America corps member. His interest in working at the intersection of science and business brought him to UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he is concentrating on energy entrepreneurship. Trevor will be interning summer 2015 at Heelstone Energy.

Contact: Trevor_Sprague@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

Abhishek Yadav - VP of Corporate Relations (Sponsorship)

Abhishek has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Mumbai, India and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from Clemson University, SC. Abhishek worked for 7.5 years as a Project Engineer and Project Manager in an engineering consulting firm working on and managing complex water/wastewater and biomass to energy planning, design, and construction projects for clients across the US. Abhishek is pursuing a General Management MBA at UNC with an enrichment concentration in Energy and Sustainable Enterprise.

Contact: Abhishek_Yadav@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

Ben Thayer - VP of Student Development

Ben graduated from Tufts University with a degree in civil engineering. He promptly took his skills to Raleigh, NC, where he worked for an environmental engineering firm modeling the effects of stormwater pollution and managing water infrastructure projects. His interest in business strategy and energy drew him to UNC Kenan-Flagler, where he led the school’s Ice Bucket Challenge charity event.

Contact: Benjamin_Thayer@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

Meghan Meehan - VP of Conferences

Meghan is a class of 2016 MBA student concentrating in Energy. Prior to Kenan-Flagler Business School, Meghan spent six years in the real estate industry in Vail, CO, selling residential and commercial real estate. Meghan graduated from Colgate University with a degree in International Relations. A Colorado native, Meghan loves to ski.

Contact: Meghan_Meehan@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

Anoop Kapoor - VP of Case Competitions

Anoop grew up in New Delhi and graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. Electrical Engineering. He worked for Fluor and Jacobs Engineering for over six years on various power and infrastructure projects. While working at power plants, he developed a passion for energy as he saw his work touch a million households everyday. With an intent to expand his knowledge of the energy sector, he is now pursing the Energy Enrichment Concentration at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

Contact: Anoop_Kapoor@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

Sayak Bhattacharyya - VP of Social Media

Sayak is from Kolkata, India. He graduates from National Institute of Technology, Warangal with a major in Electrical Engineering. As an undergrad, he interned at NTPC Ltd and Adani Power Ltd, India’s largest public and private sector power companies respectively. After graduation, he worked in general management in manufacturing at Michelin Tires. He will be working at Amazon doing non-technology product management this summer.

Contact: Sayak_B@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

Gwen Chen - VP of UNC Energy Network

Gwen majored in English for her undergraduate. She worked as a journalist for 5 years with English publications in China. Her interviewees range from senior executives, bankers, economists to government officials, market analysts and athletes from all over the world. Her last job prior to MBA was with Financial Times China Bureau as an energy, commodities and environment researcher. Gwen is now in a 3-year joint degree with Duke’s Energy and Environment and UNC’s MBA program, hoping to explore ways to reduce impact. She did her 1st year in Duke and interned with Rocky Mountain Institute on biomass co-firing. Together with a team of five, Gwen finished an 80-page White Paper on opportunities for US and China to cooperate on biomass co-firing. Gwen serves as a student consultant to Strata Solar and will work with Southern Company for her Master's Project.

Contact: Xiaomin_Chen@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

Membership Benefits

The Energy Club provides many benefits to MBA students pursuing careers in this field.

- Events like the Energy 101 series and Lunch & Learn series help students gain a deeper understanding of Energy-related topics.

Careers - The Energy Club organizes career treks to help students learn about companies in the field. The club also keeps a list of energy-specific internships during the Spring for students to access.

Case Competitions - The club participates in two national case competitions: Energy Finance at the University of Texas and Renewable Energy at the University of Michigan

Major Events

Fall Semester:

  • Energy 101 Series
  • Charlotte Career Trek
  • Networking Events
  • Texas Energy Finance Case Competition
  • Renewable Energy Case Competition

Spring Semester:

  • Bay Area Career Trek
  • Lunch & Learn Series
  • Spring Speaker Series
  • Local Career Treks

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