Trang Tran graduated from OSU with a Master of Public Policy in 2015. While at OSU, Trang worked closely with Hilary on an Oregon Sea Grant-funded project examining public participation and community mobilization surrounding the siting of liquefied natural gas facilities in Astoria and Coos Bay, Oregon. She also coordinated community-based research projects at OSU’s Policy Analysis Laboratory. After OSU, she spent several years working at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage. She is currently a PhD student at UC Boulder. In her spare time, Trang loves traveling, hiking, reading and spending time in her kitchen. She completed her bachelor’s degree in International Studies at the University of Da Nang, Vietnam.
Chad Zanocco completed his PhD in Public Policy at OSU and has a MS in Agricultural and Resource Economics from University of California, Davis. Prior to completing his master’s, he served as an Americorps volunteer in northern California where he administered a small-business scholarship program for Arcata Economic Development Corporation. At OSU, he has explored alternative futures for coastal change and hazards through the Tillamook County Coastal Futures Project, an effort supported through NOAA’s Coastal and Ocean Climate Change Applications program. For his dissertation, he worked on the NSF-funded VISTAS project to develop visual analytics software to enable scientists to better understand and communicate about large and complex environmental problems spanning spatial and temporal scales. He worked with Hilary on projects related to public perceptions of unconventional oil and gas development, community reactions to extreme weather, and youth energy education programming. He is currently a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Stephen Naimoli graduated from OSU with a Master of Public Policy in 2016. His chief interest is in energy policy, and he studied opposition to utility-scale wind power in Kittitas County, Washington. Before coming to OSU, he worked for various environmental groups on the East Coast. He is now a research associate in the energy and national security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Warda Ajaz completed her PhD in Public Policy at OSU in 2019. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Energy System Engineering at the National University of Sciences and Technology in Pakistan. Her PhD research focused on the socio-technical transition toward microgrids and other decentralized energy systems.
Heather Moline completed here Masters of Public Policy at OSU in 2019. Her essay explored the perspectives of 4th and 5th graders in Fremont, California, and Corvallis, Oregon, on their household energy use as part of the Smart and Connected Kids for Sustainable Energy Communities Project. She is currently an energy and environmental justice policy associate at the Northwest Energy Coalition.
Casey Taylor graduated in 2016 with a PhD in Environmental Science and Public Policy. Her dissertation examined the use of science in collaborative management efforts to conserve Sage Grouse populations in the West. Casey also worked with Dr. Boudet on a research project evaluating the response of local communities to large-scale renewable energy development in the West. Before arriving at OSU, Casey completed her MS in Conservation Biology and Applied Ecology at University of Michigan and spent several years working in field biology and environmental education. She is now a faculty member the University of Delaware.
Matthew Mauriello is postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University. He contributed to the NSF-funded “Smart & Connected Kids for Sustainable Energy Communities” project. He graduated with a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Maryland.
Paty Fernandez completed her Ph.D. in Public Policy at OSU in 2020. Her doctoral research explored the policy and institutional implications of the Water-Energy Nexus, specifically regarding transitions from traditional irrigation systems to integrated systems in the rural American West. Prior to coming to OSU, she earned a BA in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from the School of Government (EGTP) of the Tecnológico de Monterrey. She also worked as a researcher at the Institute for Regional Development of the Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico), where her main areas of research were water governance and institutional capacity.
Anna Kelly is a senior data analyst at Power TakeOff in Denver. She previously worked at the Colorado Energy Office and The Cadmus Group. Anna performs research on cost effectiveness for energy efficiency, conservation measures, and strategic energy management for industrial customers. While a graduate student at OSU, Anna studied opposition to large scale renewable energy developments and hybrid energy systems.
Associate Professor & Associate Director of Graduate Programs
School of Public Policy
Oregon State University
300 Bexell Hall
Corvallis, Oregon 97331