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News on Club Scholarship Winner Louise Conroy, WG'08

Louise Conroy, a rising Second Year Wharton MBA Student,
is engineering her way to success, partly with aid of
a Wharton Club of DC Scholarship

Here is a writeup on Louise,
who we enjoyed meeting at the 37th Joseph Wharton Award Dinner
on Monday, June 5, 2006, at the Park Hyatt Washington,

and who we are hoping will be with us at the 38th on June 14, 2007:

Louise Conroy worked as a consultant in the Technology Strategy and Management Group in the Energy Practice of Navigant Consulting for the last three years before beginning at Wharton. She provided support on lighting technology projects for the United States Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Natural Resources Canada.

For DOE’s Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Program, Louise conducted market assessments, developed energy savings estimates of emerging SSL technologies, developed performance and cost projections, and created an R&D multi-year program plan through consultation with industry leaders and academics. She also worked with the DOE SSL Program Manager to develop a technology continuum framework designed to guide portfolio management decisions and ensure successful commercialization of energy-saving lighting products.

In 2004, Louise presented a paper entitled, “Energy Savings Estimates of Light Emitting Diodes in Niche Lighting Applications” at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Summer Study in Monterrey, CA.

Outside of the office, Louise participated in several activities. She has been a volunteer tutor at the Growing Together Program for the last three years. This program offers affordable tutoring to students from moderate and low-income families in the Washington, DC area who are failing or doing below-average work in school. The mission of this organization is to bring students up to grade level in reading, writing, language, and math.

Louise also volunteered though the COMPASS Alliance, a volunteer consulting group, and was a member of two teams that completed marketing and strategy projects for DC-area schools. Louise also enjoys running, and has completed many local road races (slowly!), including the 2004 Marine Corps Marathon.

Louise received her Bachelor’s in Science and Engineering in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 2003. Outside the classroom, she was a peer-interactor, a volunteer tutor, and Vice President of Princeton’s Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Louise spent a summer abroad in Spain through the Summer Institute of Hispanic Studies, studying Spanish language, literature, art, and social sciences through class work, travel, and a home stay program. She also spent a summer as an Undergraduate Research Intern at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she worked on a materials science project for General Electric Power Systems.

Louise’s parents, Angela and Thomas, recently relocated from Albany, NY, to Atlanta, GA, and are enjoying the improved climate! Louise has two younger (but much taller!) brothers, Dave and Brian, who both attend Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

Louise was excited to be on campus and become a member of the Wharton MBA Class of 2008. After graduating from Wharton next year, she is interested in working in new product development.

Her brothers may appear to be taller than she is, but after an active first MBA year, Louise has gained great stature in her class and in the eyes of our Club.

All the best, Louise. We look forward to learning of your continuing progress on and off campus in the years ahead.