What keeps me here at NREL are the people. They are wicked smart. They are passionate about the mission as well. They are caring. They are loving. And to be honest, they are my friends now. I'm proud to actually work at a place where everyone has the same mission to contribute to a clean energy future. So, I'm excited to come to work every day to tackle the next challenge, because there are plenty of them."
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