Energy Systems Engineering alums Cheryl Cossel, Lauren Strella Wahba will mentor students, provide expertise

The Energy Systems Engineering (ESE) Strategic Advisory Committee is pleased to announce the addition of two new members, Lauren Strella Wahba and Cheryl Cossel. In this role, these accomplished ESE graduates will mentor students and provide valuable guidance to the ESE program. 

Lauren Strella Wahba '15 M.Eng. is an engineer in the generation department at PJM Interconnection. She has worked at PJM for 5 years in various departments as an ARC engineer. Prior to PJM, she worked at Carpenter Technology as an energy intern and PSEG ER&T as an energy supply specialist. Strella Wahba graduated from Susquehanna University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in earth and environmental science and a minor in economics. She recieved her Master of Engineering degree in energy systems engineering from Lehigh in 2015. 

Cheryl Cossel '97, '00G, '07 M.Ed., '14 M.Eng. is a science teacher at the Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, Pa. She was previously with Tangent Generation as an energy storage subject matter expert, bringing a rich background in chemistry and storage classification and application. Her responsibilies included program management, asset modeling, and financial analysis, with a concentration in institutional and municipal markets. Prior to joining Tangent, Cossel was a chemistry educator serving in both private and public secondary schools. While teaching she participated in numerous school committees and served on the Pennsylvania Department of Education committees for Keystone Exam development. She currently serves as an item writer and reviewer for university chemistry exams. Before her professional career began, Cossel had the privilege to continue her undergraduate research while pursuing a master’s degree, eventually leading to three publications in peer reviewed journals. She holds a BS in biochemistry, an MS in chemistry, an MEd with a concentration in instructional design, and an M.Eng. in energy systems engineering, all from Lehigh.