The third annual Energy Frontiers was held on Thursday April 5th.  The event looked to build upon past events, and moved to the larger and more central location of the University Memorial Center.  Over the course of the day, the conference was attended by several hundred students, faculty, alumni, and Boulder community members.  The day consisted of a poster research session, a panel on how a natural gas boom will affect renewables, and a career fair.

The event kicked off at 11 am with a poster session, showcasing the energy focused research of 27 students.  The presenters were separated into 6 categories, and judged by CU professors, and researchers from NREL.  RASEI, a cu energy club and Energy Frontiers sponsor, provided $2,000 in prize money to the best posters to reward their work.  After the judging had commenced, conference attendees were able to chat with researchers about their posters while an informal lunch was served.


Following the poster session, the panel discussion, “The Changing Landscape of our Energy Future: What does a Natural Gas Boom Mean for Renewables” began.  This high level panel included:

  • Mike Ming, the Secretary of Energy from Oklahoma who had over 40 years’ experience in the energy industry
  • Neal Lurie, the executive director of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, who heads efforts to expand solar markets and advance solar policy
  • Jeff Logan A researcher in NREL’s Market and Policy Impact Analysis group, who had authored several papers about the effect Natural Gas would have on Renewables
  • Seth McIntosh the VP of Corporate Strategy and Transactions for Renewable Energy Solutions-Americas (A wind development firm)
  • Professor William Boyd A Professor in the Law school who teaches on energy law and regulation, climate change law & policy, and environmental law. 

The panel provided valuable insight into our energy future


The final portion of the day included a career fair attended by roughly 20 local and regional energy companies.  This was a big success and provided a wonderful opportunity for students to interact with representatives from local companies in a more personal manner then normal career fairs, due to the topical nature of the event.

The event began to attract the attention of several local media outlets.  University communications wrote a press release on the event, and News team boulder did a story on the event which can be seen below.

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