Mo Hamad project 2

Moayyad Hamad, class of 2014 (right) – AYAVA Solar (Palestine).  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.  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 have a wealth of career paths to choose from, thanks to the program’s flexible elective choices and interdisciplinary coursework.  Read on to see what our alumni are doing now and what our grads have to say about the program. 

 Average annual starting salary: $61,000*
Average annual current salary: $80,000*

*As reported by alumni in April 2019 survey. Survey received 46% response rate (41 of 89 graduates). Of the respondents, 14% reported current earnings over $100,000.


Brigitte Lim, class of 2017, Business Development Officer – Japan Solar (Philippines)


Maitreyee Doshi, class of 2015, Project Engineer, EPC – First Solar.

 “The PSM program has empowered me to pursue my aspirations of working on large scale solar projects as well as develop a deep interest in energy policy. The in-depth system design coursework helped me secure a job offer from a top residential solar company upon graduation. The program also offered multiple networking opportunities to meet the industry mentors via mixers, the summer coursework trip to Washington DC, and the applied project shark tank. In my experience, the PSM applied project is a great opportunity to work under an industry mentor, gaining exposure to real-world project aspects that are not typically covered by an academic curriculum. Since this is a STEM program, international students can gain up to 3 years of work experience in the US via Post -OPT/OPT Extension work permit with opportunities for sponsorship. This program has led me to various jobs in the industry ranging from residential design to utility scale project engineering. I believe this is the perfect program for anyone looking to excel in the solar industry.”


Edward Burgess
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.
Jeff Francis
There is no question that the PSM degree was a key factor in landing a 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.
Jamie Kern
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.
Bryan Lester
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.  
Brogan Lyster
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.
John Mitman
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!
Manuel Quijada
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.
Michael Waller
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.
Louis Woofenden
The P.S.M. Solar Energy Engineering and 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.
Liling (Cassie) Yan,
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.

Our Alumni

Joaquin Arredondo (2016)
Project Development Engineer
SKY Renewable Energy

David Auslender (2016)
Project Engineer
McCarthy Building Companies

Mudit Barjea (2015)
Solar Engineer
Pure Power Engineering

Andre Bednarzhevskiy (2015)
Solar Testing Engineer
TUV Rheinland PTL

 Aakash Bhansali, NABCEP PV Associate (2016)
Design Engineer
Power Home Solar Roofing

Matthew Bodington (2015)
Project Manager
First Solar

Richard Brown (2017)
Brake System and Steering Engineer
Nikola Motor Company

Kyle Burns (2013)
PV Designer
IMEG Corporation

Brenda Byers (2012)
Preconstruction Director (Solar)
McCarthy Building Companies

Eric Chan (2017)
Senior System Engineer
Hermes-Microvision, Inc.

Dixit Chhatbar (2018)

Rajaswit Das (2016)
Senior Design Engineer
Vyomaa Energy

Robert Dunn (2017)
McCarthy Building Companies

Nick Esch (2015)
Manager of Research
Smart Electric Power Alliance

Bahram Emami (2018)
Distributed Energy Resources Aggregation Project Manager
Sunny Energy, LLC

Jared Falls (2018)
PV Plant Performance Engineer
First Solar

Jared Fiorentine (2013)
Project Engineer / Project Manager
Hawaii Energy Connection

Christina Flynn (2012)

Nicholas Fortenberry (2016)
MEP CAD Design Engineer
Kern & Co., LLC

Jeff Francis (2012)
Contract Manager
Intel Corporation

Travis Gentz (2011)
Arizona Public Service

Utkarsh Gupta (2016)
Field Project Engineer / Estimator
Conti Solar

Moayyad Hamad (2014)
Executive Manager

William Hammack (2015)

Luis Henao (2017)
Project Engineer

Chris Henderson (2015)
Senior Project Development Engineer

Kevin Hengehold (2013)
Marketing Specialist
HCM Wealth Advisors

Marc Hensel (2018)
Associate Project Development Engineer

Gary Ho (2016)
Australia Project Manager
Arctech Solar

Athena Combs-Hurtado (2018)
Account Manager
Civic Solar, Inc.

Siddhu Immadisetty (2018)
Solar Operations and Maintenance Intern
BayWa r.e. Solar Projects, LLC / Americas

Jacob Jackson (2017)
Product Manager
First Solar

Tomasz Jasinski (2015)

Naveen Kadimcherla (2016)
Solar Energy Engineer
Stone Edge Farm Micro-Grid Project

Brandi Kautz (2013)
Radiation Health Physicist Trainee
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Jamie Kern, PMP (2012)
Energy Sector Manager
Tetra Tech

Amber Khandelwal, EIT (2016)
AZTEC Engineering

Phuoc Tri Le (2018)
Technical Engineer
Saigon River Tunnel Management Center

Jeffrey Lee (2011)
Business Operations Analysis Advisor
Southern California Edison

Bryan Lester (2011)
Mechanical Engineer

Fang Li (2018)
Associate Research Technologist
Photovoltaic Reliability Laboratory

Brigitte Lim (2017)
Business Development Officer
Japan Solar Philippines

Liyun Liu (2015)
Associate Test Engineer
TUV Rheinland North America Group

Sage Lopez, P.E. (2012)
Director of Engineering, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
MaxGen Energy Services

(Dan) Mantena, EIT (2013)
Planning Analyst II
Energy Reliability Council of Texas

Vincent Mazzone (2018)

James McCall (2014)
Distributed Energy and Environment Analyst
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

 Adam Monteilh (2012)
Operations Coordinator – Operations Specialist II (Asset Optimization)
NRG Energy

Drake Moran (2017)
Arizona Corporation Commission

Laksh Muchhal (2017)
Project Development Engineer
Urban Energy Solutions, Inc.

Lakshmi Nandakumar (2017)
Operations Engineer
Cypress Creek Renewables

Georges Nassif (2017)
Research Associate
Smart Electric Power Association

Nicole Nebitsi (2014)

Sonika Negi (2016)
System Support Engineer
ENGIE  Storage

James Nelson (2015)
Graduate Research Assistant
ASU Laboratory for Energy and Power Solutions

Nirmal Pandya (2012)

Tyler Pearce (2013)
Manager – Fleet Performance
First Solar

Renan Pimentel (2015)
Operations Planning Coordinator

Manuel Quijada, Ph.D. (2011)
University of Phoenix

Abhishek Rao (2015)
Solar & Storage Design Engineer
HNU Energy, LLC

Ben Rosenberg (2016)
Project Development Engineer – Solar and Storage

Ajay Renganathan (2016)
Associate Project Development Engineer

Robert Sampson (2015)
Executive Administrative Director
ASU QESST Research  Center

Ankil Sanghvi (2015)
Director of Test Quality & PV Consultant
Acuity Power

 Joaquin Santecchia (2016)
Quality Engineer II

Kabilan Selvarangan (2017)
Solar Designer/Engineer
N.E.R.D. Power

Andrew Shaw (2012)
Chief Solar Systems Engineer
Higher Powered, LLC

Prateek Sikka (2014)
Renewable Energy Consultant

Justin Smith (2014)
PV Design Engineer

Prathamesh Thorat (2018)
Performance Engineering Intern
BayWa r.e. Solar Projects, LLC (Americas)

Alhasan Trad (2018)

Jigeesha Upadhyaya (2017)
Associate PV Engineer
Clean Energy Associates

Rene Valenzuela (2013)
System Engineer
Lockheed Martin

Aravind Venkatesan (2015)
Solar Design Engineer
HNU Energy, LLC

Shreyas Waghmare (2018)

Michael Waller, Ph.D. (2012)
Director of Sustainability
Rochester Regional Health

Kevin White (2013)
Technology Specialist
Strategic Microgrid

Elijah Winston (2018)
Analyst I
Gas South

Max Wong (2014)
PV Design Engineer II

Louis Woofenden (2013)
Engineering Director
Net Zero Solar

Jiawei Wu (2017)
Solar Engineer
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Raginee Yadav (2016)
Operations Engineer
Cyprus Creek Renewables

Liling (Cassie) Yan
Regional PV System Designer
Solar City

Yutao Zong (2013)
Department Manager
ICAS Testing Technology Services