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Alycia Ahrens, a 2001 chemical engineering graduate, was honored in October 2022 with ALLY Energy’s JEDI Award at the GRIT Awards in Houston, Texas. The awards program recognizes individuals, students and for-profit and nonprofit organizations that have demonstrated growth, resilience, innovation and talent (GRIT) with a focus on driving a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive (JEDI) culture in the energy industry worldwide. The ALLY JEDI Award describes the winner as “a force for good who actively works to create a more inclusive and sustainable culture. In our eyes, an ally is a person who not only believes in cultivating more diversity, equity and justice in the workplace but diligently makes that belief into a reality. Allies go above and beyond the call of duty to sponsor and champion change.”
Ahrens says that she was delighted to be recognized for work she had been doing quietly, but meaningfully to help change the organizational and the industry cultures. “The award to me means that others are seeing that individuals can make a change in this space and that those changes are making a positive difference in our industry,” she says.
Ahrens resides in Houston and works as a senior project engineer for Shell Projects and Technology, supporting engineering and construction for Shell’s first facility that converts dairy manure into renewable natural gas. She is the daughter of Mary Ann Ahrens of West Des Moines, Iowa, and the late Duane Ahrens.