Sandra K. Begay
“I grew up only a few hours’ drive from Albuquerque and it was an exciting day when one of my grandmothers received electricity for the first time. We made a special visit that night, just to see her shiny new porch light. This basic need for infrastructure sparked my interest in renewable engineering.”
Sandra K. Begay, used by permission
Sandra K. Begay (1963) is a renewable energy engineer with Sandia National Laboratories who develops alternative energy resources for Native Americans in rural areas. As a child growing up in the Navajo Nation, she was drawn to math, science, and problem solving. Today Begay works to support environmental health and find renewable energy solutions for Native American and Alaska Native communities. She is also active in promoting STEMM education and careers for younger generations of Native Americans and women.