Center Leadership and Staff
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As a research analyst for the Energy Center, Jason works in the areas of energy policy, economic development, project finance and development, and environmental asset markets. In his years with the Energy Center, he has co-founded an ongoing global initiative to accelerate development and deployment of hydrogen-powered train technology and the International Hydrail Conference, created and currently serves as Editor of the North Carolina Economic Developer’s Guide to the Renewable Energy Industries, and assisted more than a dozen counties across the state with development of landfill gas-to-energy projects.
Hei-young Kim is a research assistant at the Appalachian energy Center. Her focus area is “waste to energy” and currently works for the Nexus project: Biomass energy to heat a greenhouse. Cooperating with local farmers, she takes efforts to adopt the developed biomass heating system to the community. She earned her Master of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering from Appalachian State University in 2014. She conducted a feasibility study of food waste diversion system in the region for her graduate thesis and seeks funding opportunities for the pilot project of locally derived food waste to energy system.
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Janet is the Workshop Coordinator for the Appalachian Energy Center. She organizes the annual workshop series that offers continuing education and training opportunities to provide the most up-to-date technologies in the building science and renewable energy fields to professionals. Janet also works for the North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance as Program Coordinator. She recently earned her Master of Science in Building Science from Appalachian State University in May 2012. Her research project and area of interest focused on energy efficiency outreach and promoting behavior change towards energy conservation in the home. Janet has lived in Boone for the past 25 years and enjoys doing anything outside including kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, and skiing.
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Joey is employed as a Research Assistant at the Appalachian Energy Center. Most of his time is spent assisting Stan Steury on Landfill gas projects. In addition to tasks at the Energy Center, he is an Adjunct Professor, teaching two classes in the Technology and Environmental Design Department and one lab in Geology. Joey is a native of Western North Carolina and an alumni of Appalachian State, having received his Master of Science degree in Appropriate Technology in 2011. In his spare time he enjoys bicycling, hiking, reading, camping, and skiing.
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As Program Specialist for the Appalachian Energy Center and the Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics (RIEEE), Grace is primarily responsible for post-award financial and administrative management of funded projects. She also assists with concept and proposal development and contributes to the emerging biogas working group at the Appalachian Energy Center. Her general interests lie at the food/energy nexus and include sustainability education and the role of human agency in environmental exploitation. She holds an undergraduate degree in International Business and Asian Studies from the College of Charleston and a Master of Arts in Human Geography from Appalachian State.
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Bio. coming soon!
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Stan Steury lives near Boone, NC with his wife of 36 years, Carrie. They have 3 adult sons. Mr. Steury has been a research scientist at the Appalachian Energy Center since January 2007, after serving 32 years with the US Department of Agriculture. A 1973 graduate of Purdue University, Steury received a B.S. in Conservation of Natural Resources. In 1997, Steury engaged the community in development of the award winning EnergyXchange Renewable Energy Center www.energyxchange.org at the tiny Yancey-Mitchell Landfill. Steury was hired by the Appalachian Energy Center to promote economic and community development at landfills in North Carolina, and has worked toward development of cost effective means of generating electricity for small landfill gas projects. The US EPA requested the Appalachian Energy Center to expand this “community-based” landfill gas utilization effort internationally. The pilot project for this effort is now underway in Brazil. The focus of this international effort will be to assist “waste pickers” who glean from the garbage at landfills world-wide, by using the landfill gas/biogas for community needs.