A Bright Light

From Minnesota Alumni Magazine Winter 2017

Rebekah Feist (B.C.E. ’02, M.S.E.E. ’04, Ph.D. ’07), an engineer described as an innovator at the intersection of the sciences, was awarded the Alumni Association’s annual U40 Alumni Leader Award on October 20. The award is given to a graduate age 40 or younger who has excelled in his or her career or public service.

After graduation, Feist joined Dow Chemical Company as a research scientist in the solar division, where she helped develop the Dow Powerhouse solar shingle system. She currently works in research and development, focusing on solar energy, photovoltaics, alternative energy, and personal care. Dow recently recognized her as one of its Human Element Heroes, which highlights a handful of the company’s most talented scientists who are helping solve complex global challenges.

Feist is married to Shawn Feist (B.C.E. ’02), who is also an engineer with Dow. They live in Midland, Michigan, with their daughter Anika, 6, and son Kellan, 3.


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