Sarah Olexsak, '05
Sarah, Olexsak, ’05, of Butler, PA, graduated Muskingum University with a B.S. in biology and a sociology minor. Olexsak chose Muskingum because of good experiences during her campus visits, as well as the chance to conduct research at The Wilds, which she did during her senior year.
After graduating, Olexsak realized that “my true interest in science lies not under the microscope but rather in applied science.” Now a resident of Washington, D.C., Olexsak has been involved in “initiatives to bridge the gap between research and development and the real-world deployment of renewable and efficient energy technologies.”
Now employed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Olexsak has been working on “programs to help build our country’s advanced energy manufacturing capacity.”
In 2012, Olexsak began “working on the plug-in electric vehicle deployment efforts of President Obama’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge.” In early February, the launch of Olexsak’s latest endeavor, the Workplace Charging Challenge, was announced. The goal is to increase employee access to electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces around the country.
While working, Olexsak completed a Master’s Degree in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University.
Olexsak spoke highly of her experiences at Muskingum, citing both her in- and out-of-classroom experiences as formational. While on campus, she was Vice President of her sorority, Chi Alpha Nu, and served in other leadership roles within the Greek community. “I developed management skills that have certainly aided in my ability to assume leadership roles in my career,” she explained.
Olexsak was even able to use an alumna connection from her sorority to help her find her footing upon moving to D.C.