Delaware Technical Community College renewable energy solar student Chidinma Emenike traveled to Merida, Mexico, on June 13-16 to attend the fifth International Energy Summit hosted by Student Energy.

Student Energy is a global charity focused on building the next generation of energy leaders. The summit, held every two years, is a global forum that brings students together to learn and discuss the current trends and issues in energy and define the role students will play in the future of energy development. This year’s summit drew more than 600 attendees from 85 countries.

“It was such a tremendous opportunity to meet so many different people with great ideas, develop some contacts and network,” Emenike said. “I was able to see what people are actually

doing in the field and learn what the industry is looking for and needs.”

Emenike, 23 and a graduate of Dover High School, shared that the summit consisted of panel talks and discussions, keynote addresses from energy leaders, networking events and the Innovation Jam, an interactive brainstorming session where groups of students worked together to propose and create ideas to benefit the energy industry.

“There was just so much information on sustainability, renewable energy and a lot of opportunities to connect and speak directly with key people in the industry,” Ememike added.

Among the industry leaders she met and spoke with were David Hochschild, commissioner of

the California Energy Commission, and H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma, the ambassador for

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency of Burkina Faso.

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