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Matt Hefner

Matt earned his Masters in Mathematics at Appalachian State and stayed on to lecture in the Mathematical Sciences department for several semesters before joining the RIEEE team. He is in the midst of an annual update of the CDIAC dataset and beginning to work with...

James Sharp

James Sharp serves the Appalachian Energy Center’s mission by facilitating partnerships to co-create clean energy strategies and policies supporting economic growth, environmental protection, and resilience for North Carolina communities. He manages the Center’s...

Kate Bashford

Kate serves as the Clean Energy and Storage Project Manager for the Appalachian Energy Center’s participation in the statewide STEPs4GROWTH grant, a workforce development program that will deliver community college training in key sectors of North Carolina’s clean...

Hei-Young Kim

Hei-Young Kim is the Research Scientist and Lab Manager for Nexus-Bioenergy at the Appalachian Energy Center. She earned her master’s degree in renewable energy engineering from Appalachian State in 2014. Her topics of research focus are “waste to...

Kim Bourne

Kim’s research focuses on the formal integration of stakeholder and expert knowledge into qualitative and quantitative environmental research methods. Kim joined the RIEEE team after graduating with her PhD in Environmental Engineering from Duke University in...

Caitlin Manely

As Program Specialist for the Appalachian Energy Center and the Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics (RIEEE), Caitlin is primarily responsible for providing financial management on post-award grant activities and administrative management of funded...