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net-zero energy prototype,"
National Laboratories in
she says. "Currently, I am a
the Tribal Energy ProSTANDING
year-round environmental
gram, which provided
ROCK SIOUX
engineering intern at the
instant immersion in
The Standing Rock
National Renewable Energy
strategic energy planning
Sioux of North and
Laboratory in Golden,
and development activities
South Dakota have
led opposition to
Colo., working primarily
working directly with
the Dakota Access
with the Tribal Energy
internationally recognized
Pipeline and attracted
Program in support of
energy experts.
international support for
their efforts to protect
providing American Indian
In addition, she was
the water supply and
tribes direct technical
able to work with Oglala
sacred places.
assistance, capacity-building
Lakota College, SDSM&T,
workshops, resilience
and South Dakota State
assessment and planning, and technology
University Pre-Engineering Education
and market analytics."
Collaborative (OSSPEEC). She monitored
Cameron presented "Net-zero Energy
home indoor air quality (IAQ) to identify
Housing Research on the Pine Ridge Indian
critical needs and problems within the local
Reservation" at the 2016 International Indoor
communities on the Pine Ridge Indian
Air Conference in Ghent, Belgium. She also
Reservation. OSSPEEC is collaborating with
presented at the 2016 AISES National
the Native American Sustainable Housing
Conference, receiving first prize in the Oral
Initiative and the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation to implement Graduate Student Engineering and Physical
Science Research Division. In addition, the
sustainable housing for the Thunder Valley
AISES Chapter at Portland State University
Community on Pine Ridge. "As a graduate
has invited her to present her research on
research assistant I monitored IAQ for the
their campus later this spring.
straw bale home, Thunder Valley's first

aises.org

Outside of school, Cameron has been
able to help communities through her
membership in AISES, where she has
assisted with high school outreach in
tribal communities in South Dakota. "I
hope to build on these experiences to
someday have my own business operation
and a program on the reservation that not
only increases the number of Native
students pursuing degrees in STEM but also
optimizes their educational capacity and
potential," she says.
Cameron was taught from an early age to
never quit and always do her best. "I was
constantly reminded of how far I could go in
life as long as I put my best foot forward and
steered away from the substance and alcohol
abuse in the community I grew up in," she
says. "Thanks to the Mines Advantage
professional development program, and the
leadership opportunities provided on
campus and within the companies and
communities that have shaped me, I've been
able to improve the skills that will help me
on my chosen path."
- William Rosenthal

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