ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 198
(Senate - December 11, 2019)

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                         ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS


                        TRIBUTE TO BOBI GARRETT

 Mr. GARDNER. Mr. President, today I rise to recognize a great 
Coloradan, Bobi Garrett who, after 21 years, is retiring from the 
National Renewable Energy Laboratory--NREL--in Golden, Colorado.
  NREL is a crown jewel of research and development in the energy 
field, where its employees show up to work each day dedicated to 
finding solutions to the problems that we currently face not just in 
Colorado, but the United States and the world as well. Bobi has been 
with NREL since 1998, starting as the associate director for strategic 
development and analysis and is currently the deputy laboratory 
director of strategic programs and partnership, as well as chief 
operations officer--COO--of the facility. Bobi's work is vital to the 
performance and effectiveness of NREL, and her extensive expertise in 
the energy field has been instrumental in the laboratory's success.
  Bobi started her career in energy and engineering when she graduated 
from Montana State University in 1976 with a degree in chemical 
engineering. She was just one of seven women in her engineering class. 
In addition to her NREL service, Bobi serves as an ambassador for Clean 
Energy Education and Empowerment, a program that helps women with 
careers in energy, and currently as a board member of CO-LABS, an 
organization dedicated to increasing Colorado's global standing in 
research and technology.
  Bobi has worked tirelessly in her career to ensure that the future is 
brighter for generations to come. Her dedication to this effort earned 
her a spot in Denver Business Journal's ``Top Women in Energy'' in 
2015, a well-deserved honor. We are proud to have Bobi in the great 
State of Colorado, and we look forward to her future efforts to make 
the world a better place.