Nexight Group is happy to welcome Jack Holmes to the team as our new Research Analyst. Jack recently graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Energy Engineering and a BS in Energy Business & Finance. We sat down with Jack to ask him a few questions about himself, his views, and his new role at Nexight.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
While at Penn State, I conducted my honors thesis on the impact of shared solar power on rural healthcare centers in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the course of my studies, I had developed a growing interest in the challenges that limit access to clean, affordable energy. Much of my passion for this topic was developed during summers spent conducting laboratory research on ethanol production and studying building energy efficiency.
Outside of academics, I have always been involved in service work. In high school I traveled to Costa Rica, Kentucky, and other locations within the United States to do mission work with my church. At Penn State, I was heavily involved in fundraising and other activities to support families battling pediatric cancer. In my free time, I love playing sports, exercising, and exploring new places. DC is a new city for me, and I look forward to discovering all it has to offer.
Q: Why did you decide to join Nexight Group?
I was excited about the opportunity to work on a broad range of topics with people with diverse skill sets. I was interested in a job that would challenge me to expand my horizons and improve my research and communication skills. The positive company culture and collaborative work environment also appealed to me.
Q: Why did you decide to pursue degrees in Energy Engineering and Energy Business & Finance?
I entered college unsure of what degree to study, but I knew I wanted to pursue something in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) field that would allow me to positively impact the world through my future work. I spoke to a professor at my orientation about my interests, and he suggested the recently created Energy Engineering and Energy Business & Finance double major. The program—which was not offered anywhere else at the time—takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying the technological, business, and policy aspects of complex energy issues. It allowed me to specialize in renewable energy and climate change, subjects that I continued to grow more passionate about during my four years of study.
Q: What is the most important thing you took away from your program?
The key takeaway for me was learning to critically think through a complex issue. Critical thinking is a central focus of the program due to the inherent need to synthesize engineering, business, and policy concepts to arrive at a solution. The learning process of asking thoughtful questions and planning a comprehensive analysis are transferable not just to my work at Nexight, but to day-to-day life.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about your new role at Nexight?
I am looking forward to learning everything I can from the smart, passionate team here at Nexight. The diversity of interests and expertise is part of what brought me to the company, and I see plenty of opportunity to build my skills while contributing to the company in a meaningful way. Everyone has been great during my first few weeks, and I can’t wait to get to know them better!