Executive Team

Each year, CleanTech Group members in the Full-time MBA program at McCombs School of Business elect officers who manage the group.

Class of 2020

Nick Wright

President

nicholas.wright@utexas.edu

Originally from Southern California, Nick earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from USC in 2012. He started his career in the energy industry as a hydraulic fracturing field engineer with Halliburton in the oilfields of California, North Dakota, Utah, and New Mexico, and later moved downstream to work with DuPont in Kansas City. As a technical sales engineer there, he licensed proprietary technology to refiners around the world including China, Indonesia, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. During his travels to meet with potential and current customers, Nick became increasingly motivated to shift his career focus and dedicate his efforts to moving the world toward renewable energy.

At McCombs, Nick is focusing on Cleantech and Energy Finance and is excited to work with Tesla this summer as a finance intern at Gigafactory 1. Nick is also a CleanTech Fellow, Board Fellow, and member of the McCombs Ambassador Committee.

Brittney Boucher

Vice President (Finance)

brittneybou.boucher@mba20.mccombs.utexas.edu

Brittney grew up in San Antonio, TX and earned a B.A. in Ocean Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. She served seven years in the United States Marine Corps as a logistics officer, focusing on developing and executing logistical solutions for military operations. Her passion for renewable energy first started in her undergraduate studies of offshore wind turbines which was a major factor in her decision to pursue an MBA focused on promoting clean energy technologies. At McCombs, Brittney is pursuing a concentration in CleanTech and is spending her time learning more about the energy industry as well as the roles sustainability solutions play in corporate strategy.

After graduating McCombs, Brittney hopes to apply her passion, leadership experience, and technical skills to energy and sustainability consulting or corporate strategy.

Claire Austin

Co-Vice President (Careers)

Claire.Austin@mba20.mccombs.utexas.edu

Claire is an MBA student at the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business working to make renewable energy affordable and accessible for everyone. Previously, she was a philanthropy consultant helping foundation, corporate, and individual donor clients make the greatest impact with their resources, where she focused on conservation and clean energy advocacy. She has a B.S. from Georgetown University and worked in small-scale solar development in Calcutta, India after graduation. She is currently pursuing opportunities in clean tech project development and finance and working to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in the renewable energy sector.

Carlos Villanueva 

Co-Vice President (Careers)

Carlos.Villanueva@mba20.mccombs.utexas.edu

Carlos grew up in Lima, Peru and received his B.S in Mechanical Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. He moved to the United states where he spent the last five years working in the Water/Wastewater Treatment industry as a Designer and a Construction Project Manager. He had the chance to work with many Industrial Plants throughout South America and with Municipalities Reclamation Plants in Southern California. At McCombs, Carlos has become a Cleantech fellow to learn about the renewable energy industry and joined the Graduate Consultant group to improve his Consultant skills. Post-MBA, Carlos wants to use his experience and skills to pursue a career as an Energy Consultant.

Neomi Sanghrajka

Vice President (Education)

neomi.sanghrajka@mba20.mccombs.utexas.edu

As the VP of Education for the CleanTech group, Neomi has responsibility for lunches and educational sessions with industry experts, club participation in case competitions, and educational opportunities at UT and in Austin. Neomi graduated from Georgia Tech with a BS in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and has spent a few years working on materials R&D in the energy industry. Neomi is passionate about increasing CleanTech awareness and looks forward to leading change and tackling the world’s energy challenges. Post-MBA, Neomi wants to apply her technical engineering experience and new finance skills in a consulting or project management role within the clean energy sector. Neomi is originally from Mumbai, enjoys hiking, and hopes to own an olive oil ranch someday.

Topher Lancaster

Vice President (CleanTech Fellows)

topher.lancaster@utexas.edu

Topher is an MBA candidate focused on energy finance and cleantech and is working as a 2019 CleanTech Fellow with EnergieKontor, a German solar and wind developer and manager with a US presence based in Austin, TX. Prior to joining the MBA program, Topher worked in public finance in southern California, acting as an independent financial advisor for state and local government entities and helping to facilitate the financing and development of municipal clean energy projects. Topher holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia where he also earned a B.A in Political Philosophy, Policy and Law (PPL).

After graduation, Topher aims to build on his background in policy and finance to contribute to the growth of the clean energy economy will be spending the summer of 2019 working at Marathon Capital, a leading renewable energy and infrastructure investment bank.

 

To view the executive teams from previous years, please visit ‘CleanTech Alumni‘ webpage.

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