About

The Stern Energy & Infrastructure Club (SEIC) is a student-run organization at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business focused on preparing students for careers within the energy and infrastructure sectors. The club has an active membership of over 250 full-time, part-time and executive MBA students and an extensive alumni network.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide our members and the broader Stern and NYU communities with educational, career and networking opportunities within the energy and infrastructure sectors.  With both the developed and developing worlds facing significant infrastructure and energy challenges, it is arguably one of the most interesting and complex times in the history of these two industries. As such, the Stern Energy & Infrastructure Club aims to bring together individuals from a range of specialties and disciplines - traditional resources, renewable technologies, transport, financing, operations and those that want to learn more about how these two sectors can affect their business - to provide a forum not only for career advancement, but also for educational and informative experiences.

Leadership

 
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Mauricio Mitidieri

CO-PRESIDENT

Mauricio is originally from Rio de Janeiro, were he graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with a degree in chemical engineering, followed by a master's in Energy Planning from COPPE-UFRJ. He worked for five years in strategy, sales and business development roles for a Brazilian engineering firm (Promon Engenharia) and for one year for the Power and Energy consulting practice in IHS Markit. At Stern, he is specializing in Corporate Finance and Sustainability, and is looking for opportunities to impact the renewables space.

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B.J. Michaels

Co-President

B.J. is a first year MBA candidate specializing in Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Sustainable Business. Prior to attending Stern, B.J. spent 5 years on the project finance team at Safari Energy, a market leader in commercial distributed solar energy focused on large national real estate clients. While with Safari, B.J. partnered with some of the largest REITs including Macerich, Extra Space Storage, and Westfield to develop and finance solar projects across their portfolio of properties.  

B.J. grew up in Scarsdale, NY and graduated from Cornell University in 2012 with a B.A. in Economics.

This summer, B.J. will be an Investment Banking Summer Associate at Bank of America in New York City.

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Daniel Barron

Vice President - FINANCE

Daniel is a third-year JD/MBA candidate, specializing in Finance in the MBA portion of his degree.  He was a legal intern in the clean energy team at the Environmental Defense Fund in the summer of 2017 and a summer associate in the private equity practice at Morrison & Foerster, focusing on power and infrastructure M&A, in the summer of 2018.  He is planning to pursue a career in power and infrastructure investment banking.

Prior to attending NYU, Daniel was a senior associate in the Sustainability & Climate Change consulting practice at PwC in London, an intern at the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative in Geneva, and a research assistant at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford.

Daniel earned a BA in Political Science from Yale University and an M.Phil in Geography and the Environment from the University of Oxford.

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Edward Hill

Vice President - Langone

Edward holds a BA/MA in Energy & Environmental Analysis from Boston University, where he studied the intersection of energy and climate across disciplines including economics, international relations, and data science. Prior to NYU, Edward served in product management at EnerNOC, a leader in energy intelligence software. At Stern, Edward is focused on sustainable finance and entrepreneurship. In his first year, his startup reached the finals of NYU’s $300K Entrepreneurship Challenge. Last summer, he worked with Partners Group, a leading private equity firm, on their Responsible Investment fund as an Environmental Defense Fund Fellow.

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Sam Simpson-Dore

Vice President - Power & Utilities / Infrastructure

Sam is a first-year MBA student specializing in Finance and Accounting. Prior to Stern, Sam was a Mechanical Engineer and a Project Manager for a manufacturing and engineering company in the nuclear power industry. Sam holds a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh. He is planning to pursue a career in investment banking after graduation.

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Rohan Agashe

Vice President - Renewables

Rohan is an MBA1 specializing in Finance and Accounting. Prior to attending Stern, Rohan was a Vice President in Data Science at JPMorgan Chase. While there, he worked on projects across the lines of businesses including: revamping the bank’s branch location strategy, private bank client transaction intelligence, and credit card rewards portfolios. He holds an engineering degree in Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He is joining Morgan Stanley as a Summer Associate in their generalist pool. 

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Selin Sahici 

Vice President – Langone

Selin is a part-time MBA candidate specializing in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Global Business. She is currently working as a Project Manager at American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), where she manages R&D projects. In addition, she works at Technology Advancement and Business Development group at ASME focusing on new product development in Clean Energy division. Previously she spent four years at Holtec International focusing on spent fuel storage and commissioning projects in the United Kingdom, Slovenia and Brazil. 

Selin holds a BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. She is passionate about both domestic and international business initiatives and innovations in the renewable energy sector. 

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Zhao Deng

Vice President – Langone

Zhao is a part-time MBA student specializing in Quantitative Finance, Global Business, and Leadership and Change Management. As a native New Yorker, he attended Baruch College, where he graduated with a degree in Finance (2014). He is currently working in Con Edison’s Electric Operations Department as a supervisor. He is passionate about energy and hopes to make an impact in an industry that is undergoing many changes.

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Andrew O’Brien

Vice President – Power & Utilities

Andrew is a first-year MBA student specializing in Finance and Strategy. Prior to Stern, he worked as an economic consultant at The Brattle Group in their energy and utilities practice. At Brattle, his experiences ranged from modeling U.S. electricity markets to supporting expert witnesses in natural gas litigation and regulatory proceedings. Prior to this role, Andrew worked in energy efficiency program evaluation and market research at Opinion Dynamics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Geology from Lafayette College.

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Bitun Banerjee

Vice President – Corporate Relations

Bitun is an MBA1 specializing in Finance, Strategy and Global Business. Prior to Stern, he graduated from RV College of Engineering with a Major in Mechanical Engineering. Bitun spent 7 years at a variety or roles ranging from engineering in oil and gas to business development in the Asian start-up space. Bitun has helped deliver new products and carried novel ideas through their lifecycle into commercialization. Having worked across 4 continents, Bitun has developed a diverse network of colleagues

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Junyi Wang

Vice President - Corporate Relations

Junyi is a first-year MBA candidate specializing Strategy, and Business and Law. Prior to attending Stern, Junyi spent four years working on project development in the U.S., Asia, and Europe for utility-scale solar energy projects. Prior to this role, she worked in the North American Development Bank focusing on clean energy project financing. Her experience ranged from corporate development, investment due diligence, project finance, and equity exit transaction. Junyi grew up in China and holds a B.S. degree in Finance and Physics from Trinity University.

 

Faculty Advisers

 
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Dhananjay "Dan" Gode

Dan Gode is a Clinical Associate Professor of Accounting at New York University Stern School of Business. Professor Gode teaches courses in corporate financial accounting.

Professor Gode has been with NYU Stern since 1998. He was voted as the "Professor of the Year" in 2002. His primary research areas include financial analysis, legal liability of firms, valuation, managerial accounting, and performance measurement. Professor Gode has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Journal of Political Economy.

Professor Gode received his bachelor of science in electronics and communication engineering from the Institute of Technology, India and his masters in business administration from the Indian Institute of Management. Professor Gode received his Master of Science in information systems, Master of Science in accounting, and his Doctor of Philosophy in accounting with a minor in information from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Paul H. Tice

Paul Tice is a Senior Managing Director and Head of the Energy Capital Group in the Asset Management division of U.S. Capital Advisors LLC, an energy-focused financial services boutique. Prior to joining USCA in 2015, he worked at BlackRock, where he was the Head of private energy investments for the firm’s Credit platform and Americas Fixed Income business, while also serving as the Lead Portfolio Manager for the Energy Strategy book within BlackRock’s R3 Fund.

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2009, Mr. Tice was the Chief Operating Officer, Co- Chief Investment Officer and a Senior Partner of R3 Capital Management, a multi-strategy, credit-focused hedge fund manager that was spun out of Lehman Brothers in May 2008 and subsequently acquired by BlackRock in April 2009.

Prior to R3, Mr. Tice worked for a total of 14 years at Lehman Brothers (2002- 2008, 1989-1997) in a variety of roles, most recently as a Managing Director in the firm’s Global Principal Strategies (GPS) division, an internal, credit-focused proprietary fund that was formed in June 2006 and spun out in May 2008. While at GPS, Mr. Tice supervised the fund’s investments in the energy and power sector, while also managing the overall GPS research effort and approving all private equity and longer-term investments by the fund.

Prior to joining the GPS group in 2006, Mr. Tice spent 17 years in sell-side credit research, both at Lehman Brothers and Deutsche Bank/Bankers Trust (1997- 2002), where he mainly covered the energy sector, both as a senior analyst and a producing manager.

Mr. Tice has covered the energy sector since 1995 and was one of the top- ranked Investment Grade Energy analysts over 1995-2006. In 2006 and 1998, he was the #1 ranked Investment Grade Energy analyst on Institutional Investor’s All-America Fixed Income Research Team.  Prior to originally joining Lehman Brothers in 1989, Mr. Tice was a senior financial analyst at JPMorgan Chase. Mr. Tice has previously served on the Board of Directors for Lightfoot Capital Partners GP LLC and Richland-Stryker Investment LLC, two investment portfolio companies of the R3 Fund.

Mr. Tice earned a BA degree in English, magna cum laude, from Columbia University in 1983, and an MBA degree in Finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University in 1988. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Mr. Tice is currently Executive-in-Residence at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University, where he is a guest lecturer, panel speaker and research contributor, and periodically writes Op Ed pieces on energy-related topics in the Wall Street Journal and other news media.

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Vignesh Gowrishankar

Vignesh Gowrishankar is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Business & Society Program at New York University’s Stern School of Business. In his current position he teaches a course on energy and the environment. He is also affiliated with the Center for Sustainable Business.

Currently the Associate Director in the Climate and Clean Energy program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Vignesh works on clean energy policies and programs that help boost energy efficiency, deploy renewables and electric vehicles at scale, and modernize the electrical grid.

In his eight years with NRDC, he has also worked on numerous initiatives such as making natural gas production more sustainable, advocating for clean energy products with PJM Interconnection, developing recommendations on India’s National Solar Mission, assessing the potential for combined heat and power, pursuing options to stimulate greater levels of energy efficiency in the industrial sector, driving largescale renewables, and deploying electric vehicles in ways that can help with power grid management. Vignesh is also on the boards of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) and Efficiency Forward.

Prior to NRDC, he spent almost two years in Melbourne, Australia, where he was a Senior Policy Advisor on climate change issues to the Premier of the State of Victoria and his staff. Previously he served as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in a variety of industries. 

Vignesh completed his Ph.D. from Stanford University, researching next-generation solar cells. He also received his M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. His bachelor’s degree is from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, India.