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Ashley Gaulding

Postdoctoral Fellow

Of all the national labs, I chose NREL because of its mission to tackle our energy needs and independence through energy efficiency and renewable technologies. When I first arrived as an undergraduate intern, I found scientists, engineers, and administrative staff that were drawn here for the same purpose. I worked with individuals that maintain the same level of enthusiasm for their work as starry-eyed undergrads. You’ll find a breed of collaborative and inspirational scientists not only driven by their careers, but also by life and wanting to better the world. That is what brought me back as a postdoctoral researcher.


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Wendy Dafoe

Clean Cities Task Leader

If this was a place where you had to fit in a certain box and be in the office 40 hours a week, I'm not sure I could have fit in—or would've wanted to fit in. I am very fortunate to have worked for people who believe in job satisfaction and growing careers. They all made a major investment in not just helping me grow professionally, but making the job work for everyone. I can't believe how lucky I've been to have them all as mentors."


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