Nicole Lautze, an associate researcher with the Hawaiʻi Institute for Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) was recently honored with the 2017 Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Education Award. This C3E Award recognizes the outstanding leadership and extraordinary achievements of mid-career women working to advance clean energy throughout the nation. Dr. Lautze received her award at the sixth annual C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium in Cambridge, MA on 15 November 2017
C3E is a program of the Clean Energy Ministerial, representing 25 major-economy governments accelerating the transition to clean energy technologies and policies. Lautze has mentored more than 30 undergraduate and graduate students, and been granted nearly $2 million as lead investigator during the past five years at UH Mānoa. According to the award letter, Lautze was “selected from an extremely competitive candidate pool” for her work toward clean energy and student engagement.
Before, during and after graduate school at SOEST, Lautze’s research and fellowships (including two Fulbrights) took her to Peru, Mexico and Italy, where she worked on active volcanoes. In 2010, she returned to Hawaiʻi, where the experience in geology and volcanology took on the very practical application of geothermal exploration. Lautze started a digitization project to gather information from private and public agencies and organizations such as videos, maps and reports related to local groundwater and geothermal resources. As a researcher with HIGP, she founded the Hawaiʻi Groundwater and Geothermal Resources Center to make this information publicly available.
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