Mo Hamad project 2
As the Executive Manager of AYAVA Solar, Moayyad recently completed a 75kWp PV project in Palestine. The project will provide a factory with 80% of their annual energy. The system will be connected based on NET Metering terms negotiated beteen the utility company and AYAVA Solar and the custormer. This is the first ever Factory in Palestine to install a NET Metering system that is self-financed by the owner. The payback period is expcted to be less than two years between value-added tax returns, depreciation and energy savings. In addition to his PSM SEEC, Moayyad earned am MBA from Birzeit University (Palestine), and his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from ASU.

Our Graduates

PSM SEEC alumni are working in a variety of different fields, ranging from curriculum development to project management.  The following is information provided directly from some of our graduates.

Average annual starting salary: $67,000

Brigitte Lim –

I really appreciated PSM SEEC program’s focus on finding practical solutions for advancing solar energy. Doing an applied project with Arizona Public Service gave me a great “real-world” experience and the chance to explore a subject that really mattered to me.

There is no question that the PSM degree was a key factor in landing my position at the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). The broad curriculum enables me to speak credibly in the context that a regulatory body like the ACC addresses.

ASU’s solar master’s program provided us the relevant multidisciplinary education and significant industry connections to ensure our employment and marketability for years to come.

After six years at ASU, one under-graduate degree and two graduate degrees, I can honestly say I loved the experience, and the PSM Solar Energy Engineering & Commercialization program was by far the single most rewarding. I was fortunate enough to be a part of such a great learning experience.  Not only did I gain more valuable technical knowledge but I took part in experiences I would have never been able to be a part of in any other program.  These included meeting with top CEO’s in the field, specialty seminars and outside trips including Washington DC.  To top it all off the people in place to guide you through the program are the best I dealt with in all of ASU.  If you have the interest and the opportunity to be a part of this program then by all means do so! After graduating I applied for 6 positions with 5 major Companies in different Engineering fields.  I was offered 5 positions from the 6 interviews.  

My experience at ASU served as a perfect launching point into the solar energy industry. I made important connections that would not have been possible if not for the solar PSM program. My expectations were exceeded and I would recommend it.

ASU’s Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization program boosted me into a happy career in Arizona’s solar industry. I cherish the knowledge and experience gained in the program where I am now equipped to examine solar engineering concepts, public policy and utility law. This program could not have occurred elsewhere under different direction so I was lucky to attend Arizona State!

The PSM SEEC program as well as its exceptional administrators established a foundational platform and equipped me with the tools for a successful career in the energy industry, becoming part of a positive change for future endeavors. The program has helped and is helping upcoming pioneers for history changing objectives for the better of our world.

I thought the program was great!  I feel very blessed to have been a part of it as it I think it a very unique program. There were many unique things to this program such as the DC trip and the colloquiums.  I really enjoyed the week long course in DC and I felt it was very beneficial.  I had no idea of how the government really functions, especially in relation to solar energy and I am now much more comfortable with it.
I also really enjoyed the solar commercialization course which I thought was a real life experience class.  I think universities fail at teaching practical experiences and leave that for internships, co-ops, and side jobs which does not really work for most people because it can be really difficult to find those.  The DC trip was similar in that we got to experience what policy makers actually do for their work.  This hands on experience is extremely beneficial and I feel that I learned more in that one week than several courses combined.

The P.S.M. Solar Energy Engineering & Commercialization was a great! Coming from significant background in the solar industry, I was looking to expand both my technical knowledge, as well as learn more about energy policy. With this program, I achieved both goals. In addition, the applied project provided me the opportunity to explore the intersection between international development, solar technology, and education.

This program is very unique in ways of depth of knowledge, wide subject coverage. Students have great opportunities to interact with guest speakers, including energy policy decision makers. We have the most helpful program manager who is always there to help students, organize career mixers and social events for the benefit of students. The program is definitely a great one for people interested in the renewable energy sector.


Additional Alumni

Kyle Burns
Project Engineer
Natural Power and Energy

Brenda Byers
Project Development Engineer
First Solar

Jared Fiorentine
Senior Project Engineer
PhotonWorks Engineering

Travis Gentz
Arizona Public Service

Moayyad Hamad
Executive Manager

Kevin Hengehold
Energy Program Director
Arizona Community Action Association

Jeffrey Lee
Chief Technology Officer
Solar Stream Innovations

Sage Lopez
Associate Civil Engineer
Verengo Solar

Dhanunjaya (Dan) Mantena, EIT
Market Operations Engineer
Energy Reliability Council of Texas

James McCall
Energy-Water Analysis Intern
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Adam Monteilh
Commercial Project Manager
Sun Valley Solar Solutions

Nirmal Pandya
First Solar
Associate Project Development Engineer

Tyler Pearce
PV Power Plant Performance Engineer II
First Solar

Andrew Shaw
Field Service Engineer

Prateek Sikka
Quality Control Solar Power Plants
First Solar

Justin Smith
PhD Candidate
Arizona State University

Rene Valenzuela
Aerospace Engineer
United States Air Force

Kevin White
Technology Specialist
Strategic Solar Energy, LLC

Liling (Cassie) Yan
Regional PV System Designer
Solar City

Yutao Zong
TUV Rheinland (Shanghai City, China)