Energy Newsletter

Dear MIT Energy Club,


Check out the awesome new events, jobs, and IAP courses below. Also, stay tuned for future updates on the MIT Energy Conference and MIT Energy Career Fair!


As always, please keep sending us news about events using our online form and check out new job postings and other exciting opportunities on our website.


Libby DeLucia & Ben Magolan

Co-Presidents, MIT Energy Club

(New) additions and events This Week are identified below

MIT Energy Club Events
(1)  Lunch & Learn with startup Soli (Jan 12)  (New)
(2)  Starting a Nano Company in the Energy Space - Opportunities and Challenges (Feb 6)  (New)
(3)  MIT Energy Career Fair 2017 (Mar 2)
(4)  MIT Energy Conference 2017 (Mar 3)

MIT Events
(1)  IAP Course: IDS.S31 Decision Support Models for Low-Carbon Electric Power Systems (Jan 17)
(2)  IAP Course: 12.095 Delivering Energy at Scale: Science, Technology, and Sustainable Development (Jan 17)  (New)
(3)  Climate Preparedness in Massachusetts: How Systems Thinking Will Drive Technology and Policy (Jan 25)  (New)
(4)  LEED GA Workshop at MIT (Jan 25)
(5)  ESI's 2nd Annual Hackathon for Climate (Jan 27)  (New)
(6)  MassCEC Microgrid & DER Controller Symposium (Feb 16)  (New)
(7)  MIT Solve's Request for Fuel Challenge Proposals (Sep 27)

Non-MIT Events
(1)  ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit: Energy Ideas to Change the World Pitching Competition (Jan 13)
(2)  Bright Minds Challenge: Renewable Energy Revolution (Jan 16)  (New)
(3)  London Business School CleanTech Challenge (Jan 31)
(4)  Columbia University Energy Case Competition (Feb 2)  (New)
(5)  Columbia University Energy Symposium (Feb 2)
(6)  Carnegie Mellon University's Energy Week 2017 (Mar 27)

Jobs, Grants, Fellowships
(1)  Fellowship opportunities at the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative (Jan 15)  (New)
(2)  Galway Energy Advisors - Bilingual Analyst
(3)  Harvard Environmental Fellows Program (Jan 18)
(4)  Udall Undergraduate Scholarship  (New)
(5)  REsurety: Job & Internship Opportunities
(6)  Rocky Mountain Institute: Summer Internship  (New)
(7)  Rethinking Power Management: Energy Engineer Opening in Boston  (New)
(8)  Environmental Defense Fund: Program Analyst, Corporate Partnerships Program  (New)
(9)  Stem: Join a leader in the energy storage industry (Mar 1)
(10)  Nord Pool: International Sales Manager

Other Notices
(1)  Opportunity to Mentor HS Student Inventors

MIT Energy Club Events

 (1) Lunch & Learn with startup Soli (New)
Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
10-063, MIT Energy Commons | Website

Students and community members are invited to attend a lunch and learn event featuring Soli, a Boston based start up launching this Spring. Students will learn how they can leverage their consumer spending to reduce CO2 emissions and fight climate change. Soli COO, Robbie Madfis will lead a dicussion on the state of climate change, the role of carbon credits, and how we can engage consumers in a solution. Learn more about Soli here

 (2) Starting a Nano Company in the Energy Space - Opportunities and Challenges (New)
Monday, Feb 6, 2017 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
E51-145 | Website

Speaker: Prof. Lars Montelius (CEO of the International Nanotechnology Laboratory). Prof. Lars Montelius is a speaker about entrepreneurship in the nano space and he has been a founder of 8 startups, of which two have been related to energy (though not directly on energy generation or distribution). One was at the energy and health nexus and one was on nano scale properties and physics which relates quite closely to energy dynamics.For more information on Prof. Lars Montelius, please visit

 (3) MIT Energy Career Fair 2017
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.

 (4) MIT Energy Conference 2017
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) IAP Course: IDS.S31 Decision Support Models for Low-Carbon Electric Power Systems
Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 to Friday, Jan 27, 2017
E52-164 | Website

DATES: 9 sessions: January 17 to 20 and 23 to 27; 10am - 12.30pm and 2pm - 4.30pm. OVERVIEW: This 9-session, 6-credit, intensive course held by Professors from Comillas University and MIT presents power system analysis techniques that will help in modeling and understanding the role of electric power systems in a carbon-constrained economy. The massive deployment of intermittent renewables, the anticipated surge of active demand response or the development of smart grids are among the challenges that have to be faced by the mathematical models for optimization, analysis and simulation of the complex decision making processes in power systems. Apart from a theoretical description of the models, the instructors will provide the students with a collection of prototypes that will allow them to run study cases and to understand the effect of the different mathematical formulations on the outcomes. The use of these models in some real-world applications will also be presented. Enrollment is limited to 30. Priority sign-up by Jan 9th, by e-mail to: Claudio Vergara ( and Karen Tapia-Ahumada ( Listeners welcome at individual sessions.

 (2) IAP Course: 12.095 Delivering Energy at Scale: Science, Technology, and Sustainable Development (New)
Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 1:00 pm to Friday, Jan 20, 2017 5:00 pm
54-517 | Website

The class is for 4 days. Tuesday - Friday, January 17 - 20, 1 - 5 pm, in the Green Building, 54-517. For the first 2-1/2 sessions we take the students through the technologies of the upstream business - exploration geology and geophysics, drilling, petrophysics, reservoir engineering and production technology. To illustrate the business we use real data from a major frontier natural gas discovery and in the last day and a half the students break into teams and put together a notional development plan for the field. In addition to the technology, we place the field in a fictitious country with a new government, a benevolent dictatorship of sorts, and keep tossing different real life problems into the mix that impact the potential development, including environmental and social issues. Rich Sears co-teaches the class with another Shell retiree. They each have 40+ years experience in the business so are able to address many aspects of the business and answer questions you might have. Rich was initially a geophysicist and retired from Shell in 2009 as a senior executive. The other instructor, David Murphy is a petrophysicist and since retiring from Shell, he teaches industry courses through PetroSkills.

 (3) Climate Preparedness in Massachusetts: How Systems Thinking Will Drive Technology and Policy (New)
Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017 5:30 pm to Friday, Jan 27, 2017 9:00 pm
MIT Stata Center (Building 32) - Room 123 | Website

By the end of this century, the coast of Massachusetts is expected to witness a sea level rise between two and six feet. And superstorms are expected to become more frequent and more powerful. This will create an urgent need for society to respond in new and creative ways. Policy makers and technologists will need to take a broad and systems-based approach to energy policy - including resiliency, efficiency, grid infrastructure and urban design. Adaptation will be necessary, but will itself not be sufficient. Further carbon reduction strategies - especially renewable and energy efficiency - will also be necessary. Join us for a dive into the: Policies that will shape Massachusetts' strategy for future resiliency; Big data tools and models that will help us cope; and Private sector responses and technologies that will enable us to accelerate and expand our emerging energy economy, while simultaneously adapting to the changing climate.

 (4) 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:

 (5) ESI's 2nd Annual Hackathon for Climate (New)
Friday, Jan 27, 2017 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
MIT Samberg Conference Center (E52), 50 Memorial Drive | Website

Got a game-changing climate idea? ESI and Conservation International are teaming up for this year's Hackathon for Climate, where minds from across MIT come together to brainstorm, propose, and develop nature-based solutions to climate change. Teams can choose to problem-solve in one of three themes: (1) Hacking the material world: minerals and the environmental consequences of extraction, acquisition, processing and distribution; (2) Hacking the digital world: environmental implications of digital things including data centers and the generation, storage, distribution, and consumption of information; and (3) Open track: for that groundbreaking idea you've been waiting to explore!

 (6) MassCEC Microgrid & DER Controller Symposium (New)
Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
MIT Samberg Conference, Center 50 Memorial Drive | Website

The Microgrid & DER Controller Symposium will bring together Microgrid & DER controller vendors, microgrid developers, energy infrastructure decision makers, utility engineers and state and national energy leaders to: (1) Introduce the latest developments in microgrid & DER controllers and real-time power system simulation technologies; (2) Demonstrate functionality of existing microgrid & DER controllers on a realistic community microgrid; and (3) Foster connections between microgrid vendors and developers, distribution utilities and distribution utility engineers responsible for DER deployment and interconnection

 (7) MIT Solve's Request for Fuel Challenge Proposals
Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 to Thursday, Sep 28, 2017
HUBweek | Website

The Solve program is actively seeking proposals for Fuel challenges centered around carbon pricing and negative carbon emissions. The Solve program is organized around four "pillars": Fuel, Learn, Cure, and Make. This year's program poses three "challenges" within those pillars. Of particular note to the sustainability community are the Fuel challenges: 1) Carbon price: How can new technologies (including digital currencies like Bitcoin) be used to put a price on emissions of carbon and other greenhouse gases? 2) Negative carbon emissions: How do we remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in a way that is scalable, economical, and ethical? What can you do right now? Solve encourages you to log in to the Solve CoLab platform ( to propose solutions. A distinguished panel of judges will select semifinalists who will present their solutions at the Solve at HUBweek event, September 27 and 28, 2016. Registration for the Solve at HUBweek events is now open at
Non-MIT Events

 (1) ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit: Energy Ideas to Change the World Pitching Competition
Friday, Jan 13, 2017 12:00 am to 12:00 am
National Harbor, MD | Website

The 2017 ARPA-E Energy innovation Summit is hosting an ideas pitching competition in partnership with Shell GameChangers. The program is seeking applicants who have a novel, provable and impactful idea related to energy. Six finalists will be selected to pitch their concept to a three-person panel of judges on Day 1 of the Summit. Each finalist will have 8 minutes to pitch. Much more information on the format, the application, and logistics is included in the attached and available here: The deadline for applications is January 13. Finalists will be notified in late January. The pitches will be held on February 27th in National Harbor, Maryland.

 (2) 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.

 (3) 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.

 (4) Columbia University Energy Case Competition (New)
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".

 (5) 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.

 (6) Carnegie Mellon University's Energy Week 2017
Monday, Mar 27, 2017 to Friday, Mar 31, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA | Website

This week-long celebration at CMU's Pittsburgh campus focuses on five themes: the Future of Energy, Innovation, Research, Policy, and Education. Most of the activities are free .The event is open to everyone, but you must register soon. Over 700 people attended CMU's Energy Week 2016 -- Register early so you don't miss out this year!
Jobs, Grants, Fellowships

 (1) Fellowship opportunities at the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative (New)
Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 to
| Website

Play an integral role in establishing and implementing new initiatives in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Drive innovations to make solar the most cost-effective source of electricity. Design national R&D strategies for: Concentrating Solar Power, Systems Integration, Photovoltaics, Technology to Market, Soft Costs. The SunShot Initiative's science and technology fellowships provide an opportunity for highly talented scientists and engineers to participate in policy and programmatic projects integral to the mission of SunShot at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. These fellowships are an excellent opportunity to learn about the federal government and its role in advancing science and technology. Fellows are expected to apply the expertise gained from their scientific education and history of conducting research to assist in developing and managing new and ongoing projects. Next deadline for application is January 15, 2017. For more info:

 (2) Galway Energy Advisors - Bilingual Analyst
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

 (3) 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.

 (4) Udall Undergraduate Scholarship (New)
| Website

Interested in environmental issues? The Udall Scholarship awards up to $7000 for sophomores and juniors committed to working towards positive solutions for environmental, conservation, and sustainability issues. MIT Internal Deadline is January 25, 2017. For more information, contact Kim Benard at

 (5) REsurety: Job & Internship Opportunities
Boston, MA | Website

REsurety, a venture-backed FinTech startup that is eliminating the challenge of resource intermittency for the wind power industry, is seeking to hire for several positions. It is revenue-positive, has active customers, and works in partnership with some of the world's leading risk market players. Its team keeps an informal office with open lines of communication, little hierarchy, and a rapid pace. If putting your skills to work to drive down the cost of renewable energy by solving the challenge of resource intermittency sounds exciting, then REsurety would love to receive your application. REsurety is seeking: Vice President of Finance and Compliance; Quality Assurance Engineer; Analyst, Commercial Operations; Wind Data Intern; Engineering Intern. Please see details and contact information from Careers page weblink above.

 (6) Rocky Mountain Institute: Summer Internship (New)
Boulder, Aspen, NYC, or D.C. | Website

Interested to spend the summer working on renewables, the future of the grid, self-driving electric vehicles, or net-zero energy buildings? Apply for an internship in Boulder, Aspen, NYC, or D.C. with Rocky Mountain Institute! Rocky Mountain Institute has posted all its internship opportunities at the link above.

 (7) Rethinking Power Management: Energy Engineer Opening in Boston (New)
Boston, MA | Website

Our team shares a common passion - doing good in the world. We bring that passion to every client and every project. We are growing our team and seeking an Energy Engineer who will bring that same passion and technical expertise to our mission. As an engineer and consultant, you will work closely with our clients and vendors to understand, design and manage comprehensive, innovative energy and water reduction projects. Your experience in engineering design and hands-on MEP construction, combined with your strong project management skills, will position you to create success for our clients and for RPM. See link for more information. Send cover letter and resume to:

 (8) Environmental Defense Fund: Program Analyst, Corporate Partnerships Program (New)
| Website

EDF + Business is hiring for a program analyst to support our methane and other innovation work. The Analyst will help EDF speed up the pace of innovation and adoption by finding the latest and greatest technology innovation insights to solve environmental challenges. The Analyst will also assist me to craft EDF's innovation strategy, build key innovation capabilities, and strengthen new and existing relationships. Because environmental advocacy and technology change is fast-paced and unpredictable, the Analyst will be expected to be flexible and adapt to changing conditions and responsibilities.

 (9) Stem: Join a leader in the energy storage industry
Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017 to
Multiple Locations | Website

This is an opportunity to be part of a world-class team at the nexus of two of the most exciting developments in energy today - big, real-time data and energy storage. Stem develops and deploys industry leading cloud-based software focused on energy efficiency via predictive analytics and innovative storage. Our offering is an automated, turnkey, price-responsive system that enables C&I customers to predict and control electricity costs and capture savings in a rapidly evolving utility landscape. The Stem system combines predictive analytics and advanced energy storage with a high fidelity software user interface. By buffering spikes in energy usage, Stem also reduces the impact of the C&I customer on the utility grid and enables better grid citizenship. Through innovation in technology and financing, our goal is to optimize the relationships between energy providers and consumers.

 (10) 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
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.