Energy Newsletter

Dear MIT Energy Club,


We are thrilled to announce the launch of our brand new website! Look around to see upcoming events, employment and club leadership opportunities, prior newsletters, and more information on the mission and content of the club.


As always, please keep sending us news about events using our online form.


Best of luck with finals!


Ben Magolan & Libby DeLucia

Co-Presidents, MIT Energy Club


(New) additions and events This Week are identified below

MIT Energy Club Events

(1)  Solar Seminar + Social (Dec 14)  (New)
(2)  MIT Energy Career Fair (Mar 2)
(3)  2017 MIT Energy Conference (Mar 3)

MIT Events

(1)  Nuclear Maker Design Competition (Dec 14)  (New)
(2)  Tour of the MIT Nuclear Research Reactor (Dec 16)  (New)
(3)  Rabobank-MIT Food & Agribusiness Innovation Prize (Dec 23)  (New)
(4)  Apply to the MIT Water Innovation Prize (Dec 31)
(5)  LEED GA Workshop at MIT (Jan 25)

Non-MIT Events

(1)  Bright Minds Challenge: Renewable Energy Revolution (Jan 16)  (New)
(2)  London Business School CleanTech Challenge (Jan 31)
(3)  Columbia University Energy Case Competition (Feb 2)
(4)  Columbia University Energy Symposium (Feb 2)

Jobs, Grants, Fellowships

(1)  National Grid Internship & Full-time Opportunities
(2)  Solstice: Technical Lead and Communications/Development Associate
(3)  SmartFlower: Technical Director
(4)  Enovation Partners: Job Openings
(5)  NRG Rotational Development Program
(6)  January and/or spring semester internship in cleantech venture capital with MassCEC (Jan 1)  (New)
(7)  Assistant to the NEWIEE Board (Jan 1)  (New)
(8)  MassCEC Clean Energy Internship Program - Spring 2017 Session Open for Enrollment (Jan 1)
(9)  Galway Energy Advisors - Bilingual Analyst  (New)
(10)  Harvard Environmental Fellows Program (Jan 18)
(11)  Nord Pool: International Sales Manager
Other Notices

(1)  Opportunity to Mentor HS Student Inventors  (New)

MIT Energy Club Events

 (1) Solar Seminar + Social (New)
Wednesday, Dec 14, 2016 5:00 pm
Muddy Charles (4-163) | Website

Come to the inaugural Solar Seminar. Co-organized by the MIT Energy Club Solar & Grid Community and the MITei Low-Carbon Energy Center for Solar, we'll hear from two speakers: 1) Jeremy Poindexter, Course 3 PhD student in Photovoltaics Research Lab, will speak about cost modeling to assess feasibility of PV deployment on a broad enough scale to meet climate targets. 2) Andreas Mershin, a research scientists at the MIT Center for Bits and atoms, will speak about his broad-reaching work in biosolar and other areas. Afterwards, we'll have a Solar Social at the Muddy Charles with dinner provided!

 (2) MIT Energy Career Fair
Thursday, Mar 2, 2017 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Lobdell, MIT Student Center | Website

The MIT Energy Career Fair provides an intimate environment for top caliber students with a passion for energy and companies to connect. The 2016 Energy Career Fair connected PhD candidates, MBA students, and undergraduates from all majors with over 20 companies. This year, the Fair features even more companies with a diverse range of industries: clean tech, oil & gas, energy storage and management, energy consulting, etc. The event is open to all MIT and Harvard students.

 (3) 2017 MIT Energy Conference
Friday, Mar 3, 2017 to Saturday, Mar 4, 2017
Marriott Cambridge | Website

As the largest student-led energy conference in the US, the MIT Energy Conference has become a premier event to connect professionals, policymakers, academics, and students in the energy industry. More changes have occurred in the global energy sector in the past decade than in the 100 years prior. In its 12th edition, the MIT Energy Conference main theme is centered on the interconnection between activities, technologies, and geographies, addressing the idea that small, distributed impacts can generate big solutions. We will bring together leaders and visionaries from industry, government, the scientific community, and the private sector that are looking at the whole value chain in a holistic way, and can speak about and debate the development of these complex interactions, which are redefining the future of energy worldwide.

MIT Events

 (1) Nuclear Maker Design Competition (New)
Wednesday, Dec 14, 2016 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
W20-306 (Twenty Chimneys and Stratton Balcony) | Website

The new 22.033 (Nuclear Systems Design Course) has been transformed into a fully maker-oriented design and prototyping course. Students learn proven techniques for ideation and creativity, and set them to work solving the biggest challenges facing nuclear power and radiation safety. The students are free to propose any idea, from the physical prototyping of a product, to the implementation of new software, to the design of a new nuclear reactor, as long as it is truly original and their own.

 (2) Tour of the MIT Nuclear Research Reactor (New)
Friday, Dec 16, 2016 10:00 am to 11:30 am
NW12 (138 Albany Street) | Website

Did you know that MIT has an awesome research reactor on campus? The MIT Nuclear Research Reactor is now offering monthly tours available to the MIT community! Participants must register for the tour in advance by filling out this Google Form at least 24 hours before the start of the tour. The tours will be limited to 15 participants on a first come first serve basis, so be sure to sign up early! Open to MIT ID holders only -- participants will receive more details about the tour in a confirmation email after they register. The tours are about an hour to an hour and a half long and start promptly at the listed time; please arrive a few minutes early to sign in and make sure you'll be able to stay for at least an hour.

 (3) Rabobank-MIT Food & Agribusiness Innovation Prize (New)
Friday, Dec 23, 2016 11:59 pm to 11:59 pm
| Website

Interested in improving the global food and agriculture system? Applications are now open for the Rabobank-MIT Food & Agribusiness Innovation Prize to compete for $25,000 in prize money. Whether you're an individual looking to join a team or a team looking to add members, our application platform also has a group formation tool to connect individuals together over ideas and skills. Start gathering your team now and submit your application for the first round until December 23, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. Apply or form a team today! Direct link for application:

 (4) Apply to the MIT Water Innovation Prize
Saturday, Dec 31, 2016 to
| Website

Passionate about solving water challenges? Submit your statement of intent to compete in the MIT Water Innovation Prize for $30K in innovation grants! Translate your research or idea into a business, get access to mentors and resources, and build your network of industry professionals and like-minded entrepreneurs passionate about water. We welcome all approaches to water innovation, from policy and data analytics to engineering and product design. Past winners have gone on to win regional and national-level innovation competitions - you could be next! Visit our website and apply by December 31: See competition rules here:

 (5) LEED GA Workshop at MIT
Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
MIT - Building 66 - Room 201 | Website

Interested in getting involved in the Green Building Industry? Opportunities are plentiful in the field of sustainable design and LEED is at its forefront. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a green-rating point system, or a scorecard. To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 6000 students pass their respective exam at a 100% pass rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time as the competition and is geared at allowing students to graduate with letters after their name! Just as Buildings can be LEED certified, people can become LEED Professionals. The LEED Green Associate (GA) credential is the only entry level sustainability designation and shows employers you have the knowledge now required in many jobs. A new LEED rating system (v4) was introduced last month and this training course is one of the few that has been updated to teach the current rating system. This course meets the exam's eligibility requirements and the USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can be taken at any time at your nearest Prometric center. Cost: $300 ($200 for full time students). To register for the class please visit:

Non-MIT Events

 (1) Bright Minds Challenge: Renewable Energy Revolution (New)
Monday, Jan 16, 2017 12:00 am to 11:59 pm
| Website

The Bright Minds Challenge is an international competition designed to help accelerate the scaling of solutions for 100% renewable energy in the solar and energy storage sectors. The challenge is designed to support scientists and researchers around the world overcome barriers they face in scaling up their ideas and solutions. The top three solutions will all receive commercial, technical and mentoring support, with the winner receiving a $100,000 equivalency of 500 hours of tailored help to fast-forward their solution.

 (2) London Business School CleanTech Challenge
Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 12:00 am to 12:00 am
London | Website

The CleanTech Challenge, organized by London Business School and University College London, is a global business plan competition for innovative clean technology business ideas. It brings together business and engineering students to create viable start-ups. Teams compete over three rounds for the £10,000 prize, awarded at the two-day Bootcamp finals in London. Participants are mentored by industry experts from the cleantech, entrepreneurial and related sectors.

 (3) Columbia University Energy Case Competition
Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 to
Columbia University, New York, NY | Website

The Columbia University Energy Symposium is glad to host the second annual Columbia Energy Case Competition February 2, 2017. This event allows graduate students to present creative and innovative solutions for the main challenges faced by the energy sector. This year the Case Competition is sponsored by the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, and the topic is "Disruptive innovation in the Energy sector".

 (4) Columbia University Energy Symposium
Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 to Friday, Feb 3, 2017
Columbia University | Website

Columbia University's SIPA Energy Association (SEA), CBS Energy Club, the Environmental Law Society and the Engineering Energy Club are pleased to introduce you to the 12th Annual Columbia University Energy Symposium! The Columbia Energy Symposium is one of the largest events of its kind, bringing together in New York City more than 300 students, faculty, leaders, and executives representing industry, government, and society, to explore and advance our insights into today's challenging energy questions. The event features a full-day conference, a student case competition, a career fair, and a venture showcase. This year's Symposium theme is "disruptive innovation: the new status quo?." From the entrance of solar and now battery storage, to the evolving utility business models, to the shifting geopolitics of petroleum, each year there seems to be some new disruptive force on the traditional energy industry. The CU Energy Symposium's conference will examine ways that these new technologies, business models, and innovative financing strategies are impacting the traditional energy system and how energy experts think this disruption will evolve the industry in the years to come.

Jobs, Grants, Fellowships

 (1) National Grid Internship & Full-time Opportunities
Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island | Website

National Grid has internship and full-time opportunities available for undergrads and Mechanical Engineering grad students. The full-time position is designed to expose recent grads to the full range of business activities across the enterprise, and the internship is designed to provide meaningful and educational experiences to the students in the energy/utility industry. National Grid is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world - covering Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and the UK. It is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society-delivering clean energy to support our world long into the future. Every day National Grid works with stakeholders to promote the development and implementation of sustainable, innovative and affordable energy solutions. Full-time position descriptions are available here: Internship position descriptions are available here: Email Mike Donahue at with your resume for more information.

 (2) Solstice: Technical Lead and Communications/Development Associate
| Website

80% of America is locked out of the solar market because they cannot install solar on their roof. Solstice is an MIT startup that radically expands access to clean energy by providing community-based solar power to American households. Their model enables any resident to enjoy clean energy at no upfront cost and save money on their electric bill every month. This award-winning clean energy startup is hiring a Technical Lead to oversee the creation of a digital platform that will seamlessly manage all of the customer-facing activities in the community solar space: customer outreach and onboarding, utility integration, account management, and consumer engagement. The company also seeks an enterprising individual with a knack for the written word and visual storytelling to manage our growing brand and communications efforts as a Communications/Development Associate.

 (3) SmartFlower: Technical Director
| Website

SmartFlower's all-in-one solar system was first launched in Europe in 2014. Since then over 1,000 units have been installed at homes and businesses in 20 European countries. Its emotive design and movement inspires consumers: it wakes up at sunrise, fans out its solar panels to 18 m² (194 ft²) and automatically cleans itself in preparation for capturing the sun's rays. SmartFlower North America is seeking a Technical Director to work with its COO as the company grows.

 (4) Enovation Partners: Job Openings
| Website

Enovation Partners is actively seeking experienced strategy consulting and finance professionals who are passionate about energy, infrastructure, and innovation. Enovation Partners was formed in 2013 by energy practice leaders from top strategy consultancies. Our shared vision is to build a firm that develops industry leading insight to deliver tangible results in the key areas shaping the future of energy and infrastructure, including 1) innovation and emerging technologies in energy, infrastructure, and related sectors 2) distributed energy resources (e.g. energy storage, PV, energy efficiency) and 3) Natural gas growth across the value chain, from wellhead to burner-tip. Enovation Partners has offices in Chicago, London, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Contact Brett Perlman to apply.

 (5) NRG Rotational Development Program
San Francisco | Website

NRG's Power Up Rotational Development Program attracts and recruits ambitious early career professionals with a strong interest in the energy industry to rotate within one of NRG's regionally-based, competency focused functional tracks. NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S., built on the strength of the nation's largest and most diverse competitive electric generation portfolio and leading retail electricity platform.

 (6) January and/or spring semester internship in cleantech venture capital with MassCEC (New)
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 5:00 am to 6:00 am
| Website

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is a quasi-public agency working to build the cleantech ecosystem and economy in Massachusetts. Our investments team makes debt and equity investments in early-stage cleantech and clean energy companies in the Commonwealth. We are seeking a January- or spring-term graduate-level intern, preferably MBA, to do market research to help us evaluate investment opportunities in areas such as water and energy storage. This is a great opportunity to get exposure to venture capital and build your knowledge of the cleantech space. You can learn more about our investments team and portfolio on our website. To apply, please send an email to with a resume and description of your interest and eligibility. The time commitment per week is flexible depending on your schedule. We will structure the internship to provide academic credit through your academic institution.

 (7) Assistant to the NEWIEE Board (New)
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 6:00 am to 7:00 am
| Website

New England Women in Energy and the Environment is now seeking applications for the contract position "Assistant to the NEWIEE Board." We are looking for an innovative and diligent self-starter to assist the Board with overall administrative and program-related responsibility for NEWIEE's activities and membership management. The estimated time commitment for this contract position is approximately 20-hours per week. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and applicants are encouraged to propose compensation packages that include performance based incentives. The assistant will be reporting to the Board of Directors. Please send the resumés of all interested applicants to Judy Chang at

 (8) MassCEC Clean Energy Internship Program - Spring 2017 Session Open for Enrollment
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
| Website

We are pleased to announce that the spring 2017 session of MassCEC's Clean Energy Internship Program is now open for enrollment and employer engagement! The Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program helps prepare the next generation of clean energy workers by funding internships for students and recent graduates at Massachusetts clean energy and water innovation companies.

 (9) Galway Energy Advisors - Bilingual Analyst (New)
Houston, TX | Website

The Galway Group provides clients with a full spectrum of advisory and investment banking services in support of energy projects and transactions. Galway is currently searching for a bilingual analyst to join its Energy Advisors team. Galway's consulting team works with clients from all over the world to provide commercial support on all areas of the energy industry, including upstream, midstream, and downstream activities. The candidate should be either a recent engineering graduate or an MBA candidate. Multilingual capability would be preferred, including Spanish. For further information, contact: Molly Plant

 (10) Harvard Environmental Fellows Program
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017 12:00 am
| Website

The Harvard University Center for the Environment awards two-year postdoctoral fellowships to outstanding young scholars in any environment-related discipline. The goal of the program is to create a community of interdisciplinary researchers-working alongside Harvard faculty hosts-to tackle our most compelling environmental challenges. Program alumni are currently working at universities like Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, and the University of Michigan. Other former Fellows are working at research institutes around the world and in new energy start-ups. The Center will award approximately six two-year postdoctoral fellowships this coming spring for an award to start in September 2017. The application deadline is January 18, 2017. The Center asks applicants to propose a research program and to secure a commitment from one or more Harvard faculty members to host their work. Hosts provide office or lab space as well as mentoring, and the Center will handle the rest of the administrative responsibilities.

 (11) Nord Pool: International Sales Manager
| Website

You have heard about Nord Pool via the MIT energy club where they held a presentation about power markets back in May and participated in the recent energy hackathon. As a dynamic company, Nord Pool has been the world's first international power exchange market and delivers efficient, simple and secure trading across Europe. Nord Pool is now recruiting: you would be joining them by being responsible to expand the company business into new markets in Central Europe (CE), currently including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland.

Other Notices

 (1) Opportunity to Mentor HS Student Inventors (New)
remote (video conference) | Website

The Lemelson-MIT Program provides grants of $10,000 to teams of high school students around the country to conceptualize, design, and build their own inventions through our InvenTeams initiative. One of our grantees this year from Southern California is developing a temporary shelter to serve the homeless population in LA. The team of girls is affiliated with DIY Girls (started by MIT alums) and San Fernando HS: As part of their chosen problem, the girls would like to integrate solar-powered cell phone charge and lighting. Is there anyone in the club who might be willing to Skype with them a few times over the course of the school year year to provide technical guidance and feedback in this area? They are just getting started and have until June to complete their working prototype. Each team brings their working prototype to showcase at MIT the third weekend in June. This would be a great opportunity for anyone interested in youth mentoring and education. Please contact Tony Perry if you are interested.