Tepper and Dayaway Cleantech Careers Exploration

Tepper and Dayaway Cleantech Careers Exploration


On December 4, at 130pm ET, Tepper Energy & Clean Tech Club MBA candidates are invited to talk, by Zoom, with cleantech insiders about getting jobs & internships in renewable energy jobs (see profiles below).  The session is intended to:

  • Discuss how Covid19 has affected cleantech job prospects and the searching process
  • Provide great information and inspiration by empowering candidates to present questions to recent cleantech MBA hires
  • Allow you to network with MBAs in cleantech outside of your alumni tribe


Where & When

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All Tepper MBAs are welcome to attend the Tepper Cleantech Careers event.  We’re not sure if all candidates will be able to ask a question, but we’ll do our best.   This event is not a virtual career fair where you sell yourself.  This is not a presentation where you sit and listen.   The goal here is for attendees to engage and to learn about cleantech careers by asking questions.


1:00-1:30 –  CANCELLED Q&A with Aashna Mehra, New Energy Capital Partners CANCELLED.  We may be able to add Aashna at 2pm.

1:30: 2:00 – Q&A with Ben Metcalf, Galehead Development and Lewis Bichkoff, MCE.

2:00 to ??  Mike B will stay around after the speakers have left to answer additional questions.

Ben and Lewis will open their sessions by chatting a bit about themselves and their company.  We then will take questions.  You may also submit your questions in advance by emailing them to mike@dayawaycareers.com or sheldonp@tepper.cmu.edu.


Cleantech Career Panel


Aashna Mehra, Investment Associate, New Energy Capital Partners LLC
Aashna Mehra is an Associate at New Energy Capital Partners, where she is responsible for financial modeling, valuation, and investment and industry diligence. Prior to joining NEC in 2019, she was an Investment Analyst at Greenbacker Capital, a leading long-term owner and operator of sustainable infrastructure assets, and interned in Barclays Capital’s Investment Banking Division. She has also worked as a Legislative Assistant to the former Union Power Minister of India, Jyotiraditya M. Scindia. Aashna graduated with a BSE in Mechanical Engineering cum laude from Princeton University and received her MBA from the Yale School of Management, where she was a Silver Scholar and Kerry Fellow.


Lewis Bichkoff, Power Procurement Manager, MCE.

Lewis is a Power Procurement Manager with MCE’s Power Resources team. Lewis is responsible for managing MCE’s portfolio of renewable and carbon free energy, contract administration, supporting procurement efforts, and developing new clean energy and storage initiatives.

Lewis joins MCE from Candela Renewables, where he was a Senior Origination Associate leading Western and Southwestern power marketing efforts including origination, new market strategy, and mergers and acquisitions. Lewis brings a diverse set of energy industry experience to MCE having worked in origination, policy and strategy roles. Lewis previously worked in large-scale solar and storage project development and origination at Cypress Creek Renewables and OneEnergy Renewables. He also has held roles as a Senior Policy Analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission and in Germany working for Bosch Solar Energy.

Lewis holds an M.B.A in Energy Finance from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business and a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley.


Benjamin Metcalf, Sr Manager, Project Development at Galehead Development.

I develop solar and lead a fantastic team of solar developers with projects in 14 states representing 2+ GWs of generation in the interconnection queue. Defined by grit. Driven by data. Committed to the energy transition. Navy veteran and endurance athlete.



Mike Brownell, Dayaway Careers Founder & President

After surviving a grueling career at Accenture (lame humor intended here), Mike bolted in 2002 to rediscover his family (great wife and awesome two sons), to make lots of new mistakes and to start Dayaway in 2009.  Mike’s north star, personally and for Dayaway, is to move a generation of young professionals a few degrees towards renewable energy jobs.  So far, so good.



Sheldon Pei, Tepper 2021 MBA Candidate, __, Tepper Energy & Clean Tech Club

Currently a 1st year MBA student at Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business, Sheldon is currently transitioning into and discovering the wonders of the cleantech industry. After a short stint as an architect in China, He spent the last 6 years working as a structural engineer in the offshore Oil/Gas industry. He once heard an energy executive say that an energy transition might not happen due to the convenience of fossil fuels. Now Sheldon’s new goal is to make sure that statement does not come true.



Next Steps (after the event) to Find Your Cool Cleantech Job/Internship

These are the most important things you need to do next:

  1. Sign up for the Dayaway listserv to get a weekly email with jobs organized by degree and major.  Just seeing the job titles for your major will really help.
  2. Go to the Dayaway Advanced Job Search page and search for MBA jobs.
  3. Don’t hesitate to contact me to set up a time to talk directly by phone.  Just email me at mike@dayawaycareers.com

Hope this helps.  Get in touch anytime.

Renewably yours,

Mike B