Energy Newsletter

Dear MIT Energy Club,


The club is in high gear for the MIT Energy Career Fair (March 2) and the MIT Energy Conference (March 3-4)! Early bird tickets for the conference are limited - so please get yours urgently! For students to whom $50 seems like a lot - we'll let you in on a secret: the food alone is worth more than that! So come network with and hear from amazing professionals from around the world for the price of lunches and snacks!




Ben Magolan & Libby DeLucia

Co-Presidents, MIT Energy Club

(New) additions and events This Week are identified below

MIT Energy Club Events

(1)  Self-Assembled Colloidal Crystals for Energy Applications (Feb 22)
(2)  MIT Energy Career Fair 2017 (Mar 2)
(3)  MIT Energy Conference: Early Bird Tickets Almost Sold Out! (Mar 3)  (New)
MIT Events

(1)  Special Seminar: Lourdes Melgar (Feb 14)
(2)  e4Dev and LSC screening of "Before the Flood," a climate change documentary featuring DiCaprio (Feb 14)  (New)
(3)  MassCEC Microgrid & DER Controller Symposium (Feb 16)  (New)
(4)  Energy Studies Minor Open House (Feb 16)
(5)  Tour of the MIT Nuclear Research Reactor (Feb 16)  (New)
(6)  Career Insights: Saudi Aramco (Feb 17)
(7)  MIT Clean Energy Prize 2017 (Feb 17)
(8)  Career Insights: EnergySage with Sara Matasci (Feb 23)
(9)  Energy Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) Open House (Feb 28)
Non-MIT Events

(1)  Financing the Energy System of Tomorrow (Feb 15)
(2)  Science & Environment: A Journalist's Perspective (Feb 16)
(3)  BERC Energy Summit (Feb 23)  (New)
(4)  Call for Papers: ETH Academy on Sustainability and Technology 2017 (Mar 13)
(5)  Carnegie Mellon University's Energy Week 2017 (Mar 27)  (New)
(6)  Solar Microgrids to electrify the remotest village in Himalayas (Jul 8)  (New)
Jobs, Grants, Fellowships

(1)  Software Engineering Position at Folsom Labs
(2)  Greentown Labs Cleantech Intern Fair (Mar 2)
(3)  BP Sophomore Experience (Jun 19)
Other Notices

(1)  European Energy Students Network Survey
MIT Energy Club Events

 (1) Self-Assembled Colloidal Crystals for Energy Applications
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 4:00 pm
3-333 | Website

Katherine graduated from Brown University in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and mathematics. After spending several months conserving artwork, Katherine subsequently joined the chemistry department at Harvard University, receiving her Ph.D. in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Joanna Aizenberg, studying how chemistry can be used to control the assembly processes of the porous, ordered structures known as inverse opals. She is now a postdoctoral researcher at MIT in the Electrochemical Energy Lab under Prof. Yang Shao-Horn, where she is developing materials for the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide. In this talk, she will first discuss her PhD work using sol-gel chemistry to improve and expand the inverse opal assembly process, then provide an overview of the use of inverse opals in many energy-related applications.

 (2) 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.

 (3) MIT Energy Conference: Early Bird Tickets Almost Sold Out! (New)
Friday, Mar 3, 2017 to Saturday, Mar 4, 2017
Boston Marriott Cambridge | Website

Early bird tickets are selling fast! Join us for 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. Our 2017 keynote speakers include Dharmendra Pradhan, Indian Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dr. Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General at the International Energy Forum, Maria Zuber, E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and Vice President for Research, MIT, and Ralph Izzo, CEO of PSEG. In addition, companies and students can be involved in the Showcase and Coffee Chats (for career opportunities). For more information please visit our website, and don't miss out on your ticket!
MIT Events

 (1) Special Seminar: Lourdes Melgar
Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Room 66-110 25 Ames Street Cambridge, MA 02139 | Website

Mexico's energy reform: Foundation, implementation, and challenges ahead. In this talk, Melgar will outline the historic energy reform Mexico approved at the constitutional level in December 2013 and will provide an update on the implementation and challenges ahead. This reform, referred to as an energy revolution, aims at increasing Mexico's energy security while mitigating climate change. It entails the creation of energy markets in the hydrocarbons and power sectors and the participation of private investors in all the activities of the energy sector. The implementation is moving ahead with bidding processes in the upstream, as well as in the power sector. Melgar will address the challenges Mexico faces as it consolidates its new energy model.

 (2) e4Dev and LSC screening of "Before the Flood," a climate change documentary featuring DiCaprio (New)
Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
26-100 | Website

Screening of "Before the Flood," a climate change documentary featuring Leonardo DiCaprio. The movie will start at 6:30 PM in MIT Theater 26-100. After the screening, the MIT Clean Energy Prize team will be available to discuss their "Energy for Developing Economies" track and provide snacks!

 (3) 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

 (4) Energy Studies Minor Open House
Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Energy Commons (10-063) | Website

Are you interested in the Energy Studies Minor? Would you like to meet staff, faculty and students who share your interests in energy. Join us February 16th, 2017 in the Energy Commons (10-063). Learn more about the minor, ask questions, bring your transcript. Light lunch will be provided. "The energy minor really gives student the tools to use their technical background to address climate issues. The curriculum dos an amazing job of bridging the gap between academia and what's going on in the world." Chris Welch, SB '13 Mechanical and Ocean Engineering; Energy Studies Minor; SM '15 Mechanical Engineering. Any questions? Email MITEI Education at

 (5) Tour of the MIT Nuclear Research Reactor (New)
Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
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: <a href=""></a> 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.

 (6) Career Insights: Saudi Aramco
Friday, Feb 17, 2017 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Energy Commons (10-063) | Website

Please join Aramco's Advanced Materials Team located within the Aramco Research Center-Boston to learn about the group's work supporting downstream research challenges. Our chemists and engineers will share experiences and discuss opportunities. A presentation by Michele Ostraat, who leads the Advanced Materials Team, will offer an overview of activities and a Q&A session provides a chance to talk with other center researchers. Lunch will be hosted by Aramco. Please RSVP. Please note: This event is available to MIT Undergraduate and Graduate Students only. Please confirm your attendance with your MIT email address.

 (7) MIT Clean Energy Prize 2017
Friday, Feb 17, 2017 11:30 pm to 11:30 pm
| Website

Applications are open for the MIT Clean Energy Prize (CEP), the oldest and largest student-run clean energy entrepreneurship competition in the US. CEP awards over $200,000 in non-dilutive, equity-free funding across four tracks: Generating Energy, Delivering Energy, Improving Energy Usage, and Energy for Developing Economies. Finalists will be selected in early March, when they will go through a robust 2-month Mentorship process with assigned technology, business, and legal professionals. CEP culminates in April with the Grand Finals Showcase at MIT's campus, where teams compete in front of an expert panel of judges. Please read the instructions of how to apply and submit your application through our website by February 17.

 (8) Career Insights: EnergySage with Sara Matasci
Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Energy Commons | Website

Join Sara Matasci, Content and Research Specialist of EnergySage for a discussion with students about the U.S. solar industry and where EnergySage fits into the market. She will share insights about the market from key EnergySage reports, discuss solar policies & regulations (state & national), provide some technical information about EnergySage product(s), and career insights and opportunities about her company. EnergySage is on a mission to make going solar as easy as booking a flight online.Reception fare will be provided, please RSVP. Please note: This event is available to MIT Undergraduate and Graduate Students only. Please confirm your attendance with your MIT email address.

 (9) Energy Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) Open House
Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Energy Commons (10-063) | Website

What is an Energy UROP and how can it transform your education? Join us February 28th to talk about the application process and benefits of doing an Energy UROP for Summer 2017. Becoming an Energy UROP means your research experience will help you transform our current global systems to address climate change with low-carbon technologies as well as join the vibrant energy community established at MIT. Any questions can be sent to a MITEI representative at
Non-MIT Events

 (1) Financing the Energy System of Tomorrow
Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
75 Amherst Street Cambridge, MA 02142 | Website

Siemens is partnering with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Energy Initiative for a special event including an overview of MIT's recently launched The Utility of the Future study. This comprehensive report addresses the technology, policy, and business models shaping the evolution of the delivery of electricity services. Following this presentation from MIT, join industry experts and thought leaders as Siemens Financial Services hosts a panel discussion on how flexible financing options will support the transformation of the power sector.

 (2) Science & Environment: A Journalist's Perspective
Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Westin Copley Hotel, 10 Huntington Avenue Boston | Website

Science and policy issues in energy and the environment have become a rich source of material for authors and journalists across the media spectrum. In particular, both the science of climate change and the reporting on that science have become heavily politicized, posing unique challenges for journalism. This panel discussion explores the evolving role of authors and journalists who work in the energy and environment fields. Each panelist will discuss the evolution of their professional experience and their views on the challenges of writing and reporting in these fields, especially under the Trump Administration. Moderated by: John Rogers, Senior Energy Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists ; Featured Panelists: Joe Romm, author, editor of Climate Progress, and science advisor to National Geographic series "Years of Living Dangerously"; Meera Subramanian, award-winning journalist and MIT Knight Journalism Fellow; Seth Borenstein, award-winning national science writer for the Associated Press. Event coincides with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual conference. Cocktail reception to follow discussion, free and open-to-the-public. Space is limited so please RSVP:

 (3) BERC Energy Summit (New)
Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 to Friday, Feb 24, 2017
Berkeley, CA | Website

The BERC Energy Summit brings together over 600 students, researchers, policy makers, industry leaders and entrepreneurs annually to discuss the world's most pressing energy challenges. This year, The BERC Energy Summit will explore our theme, "The Path Forward: Building our Energy Future Together." Aptly timed just a month after the Presidential inauguration, the event will focus on how to navigate divergent perspectives to chart the course for a secure and clean energy future. Members of the MIT Energy Club can get can receive 20% off any ticket option by using the discount code Christie20 in the Eventbrite checkout.

 (4) Call for Papers: ETH Academy on Sustainability and Technology 2017
Monday, Mar 13, 2017 to
Zurich, Switzerland | Website

I would like to draw your attention to the 2017 ETH Academy on Sustainability and Technology. The theme of the Academy is "Ensuring a Sustainable Future: Technological, Organizational, and Institutional Change" and it will take place from May 29 to June 3, 2017, in the midst of the beautiful mountain scenery of the Swiss Alps. To guarantee an intensive learning process, attendance is limited to 15 junior scholars. Third-party funding allows us to offer a participation fee of only CHF 450 (ca. 450 USD) which covers accommodation, meals, and excursions. Applications should be sent to Aoife Brophy Haney ( and include (i) a cover letter explaining your motivation, (ii) a proposal abstract of max. 2 pages, and (iii) a CV. The deadline for application is March 13, 2017. Notification of acceptance will be given by April 1, 2017. Deadline for full paper submission (10-15 pages) is May 1, 2017. For additional information, please see the previous academies' programs on our website ( or contact Aoife Brophy Haney.

 (5) Carnegie Mellon University's Energy Week 2017 (New)
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!

 (6) Solar Microgrids to electrify the remotest village in Himalayas (New)
Saturday, Jul 8, 2017 to Sunday, Jul 23, 2017
Ladakh, India | Website

Lack of access to electricity has been one of the major challenges faced by the remote Himalayan communities. For the last five years, Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) has been focusing towards creating a sustainable off grid power generation solutions for these thousand-year-old villages located at an altitude of over 12000ft. Till date, GHE has brought electricity to 25 off-grid Himalayan villages. This year, in June 2017, team GHE plans to lighten up the remotest village of Ladakh nestled in the Zanskar valley of Ladakh. The village is called Shade. The village comprises of 16 Households with a population of 80. The task of electrification will be completed with a carefully selected team of 25 individuals from all over the Globe. Listed below are the key highlights of the June 2017 expedition: Experiencing the sustainable livelihood of the Himalayan civilization; 9 Days of Trekking through Zanskar valley of Himalayas; 2 Days of Rafting on Zanskar River; 1 Day of Mountain Biking; 10 nights of camping in the Zanskar Valley; Setting up Solar micro-grids for village Shade and Lighting it up for the first time ever! Join the renewable energy evangelists on this expedition by registering here at :
Jobs, Grants, Fellowships

 (1) Software Engineering Position at Folsom Labs
San Francisco | Website

Folsom Labs is the developer a powerful software tool called HelioScope that helps solar power developers design, layout, and model the performance of residential and commercial solar power projects. The result is a dramatically simplified solar-design process, making it easy for anyone to generate world-class solar layouts and performance estimates. Job Description: Our goal is to make complex design problems easy enough for non-experts. To do this we have a web-based frontend for the design stage, and we run advanced simulations on an EC2 cluster (powering a Python/Cython backend). There are interesting algorithmic and architectural challenges throughout each stage of the stack and we hear direct feedback from our users about how we impact their lives and their solar businesses every day. Contact with interest or questions.

 (2) Greentown Labs Cleantech Intern Fair
Thursday, Mar 2, 2017 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm
28 Dane St., Somerville, MA | Website

Are you a student interested in cleantech and energy? Do you need a summer internship? If yes, then look no further! The Greentown Labs Cleantech Intern Fair is your perfect resource for connecting with innovative startups working to solve the world's biggest energy and environmental challenges. A summer internship should be so much more than making copies and getting coffee, you should feel committed and proud of the impact you make on the company you spend your summer with. Students of all majors are encouraged to attend but those with a business or engineering focus are highly sought after!

 (3) BP Sophomore Experience
Monday, Jun 19, 2017 to Friday, Jun 23, 2017
Chicago | Website

BP's trading/marketing & supply business is offering you the chance to take a closer look at energy commodity trading and related businesses. This is a fantastic opportunity to put your passion for trading and business under the spotlight. Sophomore Experience is a week-long program delivering a unique opportunity for students. Successful students will receive an all-expense paid trip to our downtown Chicago office and be exposed to our corporate culture and values. This program is open to current university sophomores of any major or discipline with a strong interest in business and trading. Applications are open and will be accepted through March 16, 2017.
Other Notices

 (1) European Energy Students Network Survey
| Website

We envision a better-connected network of energy professionals who can catalyze progress to reach the world's climate change and energy development objectives by optimizing existing idea, resources, and technologies. EESN intends to foster connections among students and young professionals in Europe with energy-related companies, start-ups, policy-makers and NGOs to build a community of future energy leaders who can see and solve the energy challenge from various vantage points.The aim of this survey is to develop an understanding of what energy students require for career development whilst at, and after university. Once (we) the students identify what is needed, we can raise awareness with universities, firms and policy-makers, and make change happen together.