Energy Newsletter

Dear MIT Energy Club,


We are less than two weeks away from the MIT Energy Club's biggest weekend of the year! Make sure to sign up for the MIT Energy Career Fair (March 2) and purchase your MIT Energy Conference (March 3-4) tickets before Early Bird registration ends TOMORROW!


We look forward to seeing you there!




Libby DeLucia & Ben Magolan

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)  (New)
(2)  MIT Energy Career Fair 2017 (Mar 2)
(3)  MIT Energy Conference: Early Bird Tickets Almost Sold Out! (Mar 3)

MIT Events

(1)  MIT Water Club Lunch and Learn (Feb 21)  (New)
(2)  e4Dev Dinner Speaker Series: "Talk from the Fields," lightning talks for students to showcase waste and energy projects (Feb 21)  (New)
(3)  Career Insights: EnergySage with Sara Matasci (Feb 23)
(4)  Fighting for Environmental Justice in the South Bronx (Feb 23)  (New)
(5)  Energy Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) Open House (Feb 28)

Non-MIT Events

(1)  BERC Energy Summit (Feb 23)
(2)  Call for Papers: ETH Academy on Sustainability and Technology 2017 (Mar 13)
(3)  Carnegie Mellon University's Energy Week 2017 (Mar 27)
(4)  Solar Microgrids to electrify the remotest village in Himalayas (Jul 8)
(5)  UIC Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) (Aug 3)  (New)

Jobs, Grants, Fellowships

(1)  US DOE: EPSA Internship Program  (New)
(2)  Greentown Labs Cleantech Intern Fair (Mar 2)
(3)  National Grid: Analyst, "Utility of the Future"  (New)
(4)  SparkFund: Technology Research Manager  (New)
(5)  AES Energy Storage: Market Development Director / Analyst  (New)
(6)   Navigant Consulting, Inc.: Intern, Energy Practice  (New)
(7)  SparkFund: Partnership Sales Executive  (New)
(8)  BP Sophomore Experience (Jun 19)  (New)

Other Notices

(1)  European Energy Students Network Survey
(2)  Global Himalayan Expedition: July 2017  (New)

MIT Energy Club Events

 (1) Self-Assembled Colloidal Crystals for Energy Applications (New)
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!
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) MIT Water Club Lunch and Learn (New)
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
1-150 | Website

Come join the MIT Water Club to hear a presentation on water research, and get a free lunch! This month's seminar will be given by Emily Tow, who will be presenting on "Energy Efficient Desalination and Water Reuse."

 (2) e4Dev Dinner Speaker Series: "Talk from the Fields," lightning talks for students to showcase waste and energy projects (New)
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
E19-319 | Website

-Energy for Human Development partnering with the MIT Waste Alliance -Lightning talk series for students to showcase multiple waste and energy related projects and share their insights -Presentations lined up ranging from waste management systems and approaches to energy infrastructure -Dinner is provided if you RSVP

 (3) 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.

 (4) Fighting for Environmental Justice in the South Bronx (New)
Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm
MIT 4-370 | Website

Are you drawn to better understand issues of the environment? Are you seeking to better understand systemic racism and oppression? The environment and racism are intimately tied together. The Forum on Racial and Environmental Justice and Equity presents a talk by nationally renowned environmental justice activist Alexie Torres-Fleming. Alexie founded the Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice (YMPJ), where she worked with youth to clean the brownfields of the borough and provide access to the Bronx River. She is a nationally recognized activist, having served on President Obama's Advisory Council for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Join us to hear the passion and power of Alexie Torres-Fleming during this lecture and meet-and-greet.

 (5) 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) BERC Energy Summit
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.

 (2) 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.

 (3) 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!

 (4) Solar Microgrids to electrify the remotest village in Himalayas
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 :

 (5) UIC Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) (New)
Thursday, Aug 3, 2017 to Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017
University of Illinois at Chicago | Website

The Summer Institute onSustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week "boot camp" for future decision makers eager to join the sustainability and energy revolution happening around the globe. Held annually on the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) since 2011, the program boasts 300 alumni. During weekdays, participants (SISE'ers) participate in high-level talks, visit energy and sustainability sites, and network with Chicago-area experts and program alumni. During evenings and weekends, they work collaboratively on research projects and enjoy exploring Chicago. In 2017, SISE will focus on transportation, specifically the concept of mobility and the future of transportation systems. The program will cover several trends: * Technological Advances - the changes leading us to Autonomous Electric Vehicles * Emerging Mobility Trends - ridesharing/Micro-Transit and other mobility solutions * Infrastructure Challenges - the power grid and its interaction with electric vehicles * Global and Local Impacts - the overarching picture

Jobs, Grants, Fellowships

 (1) US DOE: EPSA Internship Program (New)
| Website

he Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis (EPSA) at the U.S. Department of Energy is now accepting applications to be considered for summer internship with EPSA. The summer program provides a unique opportunity to learn about energy policy at the national level, and build research and analytical skills. Candidates interested in applying for an internship, please email the following items: o A Cover Letter indicating the following things: o Your interest in energy policy o The areas within EPSA of most interest (up to 3) o Your research experience o Your student status o The desired semester (Summer, Fall or Spring) o Your resume or CV (in PDF format) o 1 academic or professional reference (name, position, email, phone) The deadline to apply for the Summer 2017 program is 5:00 pm EST on February 24, 2017.

 (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) National Grid: Analyst, "Utility of the Future" (New)
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Successful candidates will support the "Utility of the Future" team within National Grid's U.S. Retail Regulatory Strategy group, including developing new regulatory frameworks and utility business models, modeling costs and benefits of new policies, and serving as the regulatory leads on major initiatives to design and implement new technologies and service offerings for customers (e.g., grid modernization/"smart grid", renewable energy and distributed energy resource programs and integration, or dynamic pricing offers). This position combines: analytical and quantitative analysis; regulatory, market, and policy research; extensive written communication (e.g., memos, studies, regulatory filings); cross-functional collaboration within National Grid; and engagement with peer utilities and other stakeholders. The successful candidate will have a correspondingly balanced skill set and experience and the ability to rapidly develop new areas of expertise, think creatively, and balance multiple competing demands. Candidates hired at the more senior level will be required to have some supervisory and/or project management experience and the ability to take ownership of major initiatives.

 (4) SparkFund: Technology Research Manager (New)
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SparkFund is hiring a Technology Research Manager to own and manage the technology review process. This will involve assessing the energy efficient technologies that are financed by SparkFund . This position will also be responsible for owning and scaling a repeatable process to incorporate new energy efficiency technologies into our product offering. This role has room to grow and to lead a junior hire, depending on need.

 (5) AES Energy Storage: Market Development Director / Analyst (New)
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AES Energy Storage is seeking an energy storage market development director to grow the global energy storage market opportunity. You will be responsible for defining how we create value for our customers, identifying market opportunities, and opening access to markets for energy storage. You will be an advocate for the energy storage value proposition to utilities, regulators, other government officials, NGOs and customers. You will be a navigator and co-pilot for our sales teams and a storage applications value expert.

 (6) Navigant Consulting, Inc.: Intern, Energy Practice (New)
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Navigant's Energy Practice clients include the 50 largest electric and gas utilities; 20 largest independent power generators; 20 largest gas distribution and pipeline companies; leading oil and gas companies; government organizations; and numerous others. With more than 500 consultants, Navigant's Global Energy Practice is the largest energy management consulting team in the industry. Responsibilities may include: * Conducting detailed fact finding, research, and analysis on energy-related technologies * Assessing technologies, technology trends, and evaluating programs * Performing statistical and economic analyses; data collection; spreadsheet management * Developing technology deployment and commercialization strategies * Communicating solutions and new strategies to clients through technical reports and presentations *To apply log into Career Bridge (link). Locate Job ID: 36454. "Intern, Energy Practice"*

 (7) SparkFund: Partnership Sales Executive (New)
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SparkFund is hiring a Partnership Sales Executive to help us establish key partnerships with energy services contractors, developers, and manufacturers. You will develop strategic relationships across our partners' business - from the CEO to the front-line sales rep. You will be at the center of the team that is responsible for generating SparkFund's project dealflow in order to meet our revenue targets.

 (8) BP Sophomore Experience (New)
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
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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.

 (2) Global Himalayan Expedition: July 2017 (New)
Ladakh, India | Website

This year, as part of GHE 2017, we plan to electrify the remotest village in the northern Himalayas called Shade. The task will be accomplished by trekking to this remote hamlet after the mandatory acclimatization for a few days in the city of Leh, setting up solar micro-grids which would provide solar powered electricity for residential and community lighting in Shade, and once done, then raft down on the Zanskar river on our way back to Leh. The deadline for application submission is Mar 05. Shortlisted candidates will be moved to the next round for interview over phone or Skype with our Team Leaders. The final team selection shall be concluded by Apr 15.