Nathaniel Buescher is a Master's candidate in the Sustainable Design and Construction program of the civil & environmental engineering department at Stanford. His studies focus on infrastructure project development and global project finance of electrical grids. As a first-generation immigrant, Nathaniel is passionate about empowering others through engineering and aspires to work in international energy infrastructure development. Nathaniel hopes to use his interests in renewable energy systems, micro-grids and distributed generation to create diversified energy portfolios that are resilient to natural disasters and climate change.
At Stanford, Nathaniel served as president of US-MEX Forum for Cooperation Understanding and Solidarity (FoCUS) under the Freeman Spogli Institute - an organization that aims to promote U.S.-Mexico relations by holding biannual summits for student delegates from both countries. Through FoCUS, Nathaniel collaborated with a partner team in Mexico City to foster communication and understanding between the two countries. Nathaniel also served as an officer for Stanford's Society of Latino Engineers, an organization that aims to support and develop Latinx students in STEM fields.
After receiving his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Stanford in 2017, Nathaniel worked as a program manager at Microsoft where he streamlined manual workflows to reduce Azure's time to market and deploy mission-critical cloud computing infrastructure around the world. During his time at Microsoft, his team launched Azure's South Africa datacenters, making the company the first global cloud provider to deliver cloud services from datacenters on the African continent. Since returning to the Master's program from the private sector, Nathaniel is interested in public private partnerships for creating new energy assets. Nathaniel will complete his Master's degree in December 2020.