For the second annual Energy Frontiers, held on April 14th in the Fleming building of the CU Campus, the CU Energy Club partnered with our sponsor, RASEI, to host a great event. The event featured a town hall session, a poster competition, a keynote address and panel discussion, and an energy focused career fair.
The event kicked off with a RASEI town hall session. The town hall was highlighted by speeches from Mike Knotek, RASEI Director, Russ Moore, CU-Boulder Provost, Kent Rochford, Acting Director of NIST and Ray Stults, Associate Laboratory Director at NREL, all discussing the future of RASEI and how they hoped to connect the energy research being done at CU with NREL, NIST, NOAA and other national labs. Incoming and outgoing CU Energy Presidents Jeremy Halperin and Scot Woolley also gave updates on the Energy Club’s history and future.
Following the town hall session, the poster session began with 24 students presenting their energy focused research and business plans. The posters were judged by researchers from NREL, and $1000 in prize money was awarded to the winners. Lunch followed the poster session, giving attendees the chance to network and mingle amongst themselves and with the poster presenters.
Following lunch, Jae Edmonds, the Chief Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Labs gave a keynote addressing the challenges of scale and complexity. He was followed up by several high level panelists including:
- Michael Knotek, RASEI Director
- The Honorable Gale Norton, Former Secretary of the Interior
- Stephen Brand, Former VP of Technology for Conoco Phillips
- Ray Stults, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences at NREL
- Chuck Kutscher, Principal Engineer and Group Manager of the Thermal Systems Group, NREL
This gave students a chance to hear a broad perspective on energy from scientists, former politicians, and business leaders.
The day wrapped up with an energy Career fair with attendance from 20 local energy companies. This gave students the tremendous opportunity to network with energy professionals from the full spectrum of energy companies.
By partnering with RASEI, there was a much greater level of participation with representatives from NREL and other local national labs, as well as with CU faculty. Overall, the event was attended by over hundreds of students, NREL fellows and CU Faculty.