Erb Institute alumni work all over the world and in every sector of society and maintain strong links to the Erb Institute, supporting our work by making donations, sponsoring research, collaborating on new projects, or by serving on the Institute’s External Advisory Board.
Project Development Manager
MBA/MS Program 2008
From engineering to business, Rupal has trekked across the automotive industry following a desire for greater social responsibility. It is this passion for change that has led her to the Erb Institute, where her ultimate goal is to create value for shareholders through the development of economic, environmental solutions. Rupal is concentrating on strategy in finance in the Ross School of Business and environmental policy in the School of Natural Resources and Environment. She is interested in renewable energy and has experience in biofuels, wind and solar. Last summer, she worked at GE in their Renewable Energy Leadership Program building competitive intelligence for their wind and solar divisions. Rupal is a member of SNRE Student Government, Net Impact, Women in Business and the SOL Consortium. She holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota.
Finance MBA Development Program
MBA/MS Program 2011
Charlotte is interested in the intersection of finance and corporate strategy as it relates corporate decision making, particularly around sustainability strategy. Charlotte is also interested in the role of finance to drive sustainable business. At the University of Michigan, Charlotte completed a Master’s Project to develop a sustainability strategy for a monastery in Virginia. In summer 2009, Charlotte interned in Environmental Defense Fund’s Corporate Partnerships Program. Her work there involved researching potential corporate partners who have developed environmental innovations and developing strategies to engage these partners to help bring their innovations and best practices into the mainstream. In summer 2010, Charlotte interned as a Summer Associate in the Global Energy Group in Credit Suisse's Investment Banking Division. There, she conducted financial modeling and participated in several live deals in the energy sector. Before graduate school, Charlotte was an Associate with ICF International and provided support related to the phaseout of ozone depleting substances and the economic and technical feasibility, as well as the health impacts, of substitutes for ozone depleting substances for a variety of national, international, and multilateral clients. She received an A.B. in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College.
MBA/MS Program 2008
Matthew Garratt is a Sr. Associate at Battery Ventures, where he is part of their cleantech group. Prior to Battery, he was Vice President of Plymouth Ventures, a venture fund in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he led efforts to establish a cleantech initiative. While in the Erb Institute’s dual degree MBA/MS program, Matthew focused on finance, entrepreneurship and renewable energy. During that time, he worked for GE in their Renewable Energy group as an internal consultant for the wind and solar markets and he also spent time in Africa monitoring clean energy investments for E+Co, a public purpose investment company. For his MS project, Matthew published a policy paper for the UN Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative evaluating the efficacy of public policy intended to promote renewable energy generation projects. He was one of the founding members of Cleantech Initiative on the Frankel Commercialization Fund, a student-led investment fund of the University of Michigan’s Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. Matthew has a BS and MS in Materials Engineering from Purdue University and the Pennsylvania State University where he holds a patent for his research in advanced processing of aluminum for aerospace applications. He worked for Alcoa where he applied his materials expertise in the development of new materials and applications ranging from next generation aerospace applications to consumer products. Matthew also worked in an extrusion and casting facility where he transitioned new processes and products from the lab to commercial scale production.