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Laura Monahan, 28, of Troy Hill captained a team of Duquesne University students who won a stay at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland for the Corporate Knights-Schulich Business for a Better World competition.
By Timothy Puko
Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, 9:58 p.m.

Noteworthy: Monahan captained a team of Duquesne University students who traveled to Switzerland for the Corporate Knights-Schulich Business for a Better World competition. The team finished second in the international event at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Jan. 24. The team's presentation advised a competition sponsor, the oil sands pioneer Suncor Energy Inc., how to shift out of its oil business over 50 years and focus on its wind and biofuels business.

Age: 28

Residence: Troy Hill

Occupation: Monahan is a sustainability fellow in Duquesne University's Master of Business Administration program. Alcoa funds her research and help fund the Switzerland trip.

Education: Monahan graduated from Chatham University last year with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences.

Background: At Chatham, she graduated summa cum laude and won the Hulme Science Award in 2012, a $1,000 research award that she used for her senior thesis. She also was a student consultant in the fall at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the environmental sustainability intern at BNY Mellon Corp. last summer.

Quote: “We were a little bit shocked that we got to the second round because we thought they would just laugh us out of the competition. ... It wasn't about telling them to totally get out of oil, but showing them a path to get there.”

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