Energy Newsletter

Dear MIT Energy Club,


The biggest week of the year for the MIT Energy Club is finally here!


It all begins with the MIT ENERGY CAREER FAIR on March 2 from 7-9pm. Featuring over 20 companies in the energy industry, the Energy Career Fair connects top caliber companies to student with a passion for energy studies. There will also be finger snacks, so have fun and find a job! Please visit for the list of attending companies.


In preparation for the career fair, the Energy Authority will be hosting an info session on March 2 from 5-6PM in 4-163 to talk about their companies and opportunities. Come chat with the representatives and eat some burritos!


Join us the very next day at the MIT ENERGY CONFERENCE, which features the following lineup of keynote speakers:

  • Dharmendra Pradhan, the Indian Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, is the opening keynote speaker
  • Maria Zuber, E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and Vice President for Research at MIT, will speak about "The Role of Academic Institutions in Shaping the Future of Energy"
  • Dirk Smit, VP Exploration Technology at Shell, will be the closing speaker on day one
  • Ralph Izzo, Chairman and CEO of PSEG, will open day two, speaking about "Electricity Generation: Today and Tomorrow"
  • Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General of the International Energy Forum, will close the conference with his talk on "Opportunity. Uncertainty. Risk." in the energy industry

More reasons? Panels on domestic and global policy events, storage, infrastructure changes, transportation, grid reliability, energy customers and data analytics. Also, Coffee chats with companies and a Showcase featuring 30 companies!


So, whether you are a technology innovator, a policy wonk, or energy professional, the MIT Energy Conference (video here) is an unparalleled opportunity to learn from world experts, create valuable professional connections, and potentially, create career-defining opportunities. Don't miss this conference, get your tickets now.


Get energized for a great week of events! We look forward to seeing you there!




Ben Magolan & Libby DeLucia

Co-Presidents, MIT Energy Club

(New) additions and events This Week are identified below

MIT Energy Club Events

(1)  MIT Energy Career Fair 2017 (Mar 2)
(2)  MIT Energy Conference 2017 (Mar 3)

MIT Events

(1)  Energy Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) Open House (Feb 28)  (New)
(2)  e4Dev Dinner Speaker Series: Praveer Sinha, CEO of Tata Power Delhi Distribution, on "Public Private Partnership (PPP) - Privatization of Distribution of Electricity in Delhi" (Feb 28)  (New)
(3)  Tour of the MIT Nuclear Research Reactor (Mar 22)  (New)

Non-MIT Events

(1)  Call for Papers: ETH Academy on Sustainability and Technology 2017 (Mar 13)
(2)  Cleantech Open's 2017 Boston Kickoff Party (Mar 15)  (New)
(3)  NECEC's Emerging Trends Series: Cybersecurity & the 21st Century Electricity System (Mar 23)  (New)
(4)  Carnegie Mellon University's Energy Week 2017 (Mar 27)
(5)  Solar Microgrids to electrify the remotest village in Himalayas (Jul 8)
(6)  UIC Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) (Aug 3)

Jobs, Grants, Fellowships

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

Other Notices

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

MIT Energy Club Events

 (1) 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.

 (2) MIT Energy Conference 2017
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) Energy Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) Open House (New)
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

 (2) e4Dev Dinner Speaker Series: Praveer Sinha, CEO of Tata Power Delhi Distribution, on "Public Private Partnership (PPP) - Privatization of Distribution of Electricity in Delhi" (New)
Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
E18-304 | Website

-Energy for Human Development, Dinner Speaker Series -Mr. Sinha has nearly 33 years of experience in Power Generation and Distribution sector. -The term "Public-Private Partnership" (PPP) describes a spectrum of possible relationships between public and private sector -The Delhi Model of PPP in Power Distribution space is an example of the transformation brought about by private players

 (3) Tour of the MIT Nuclear Research Reactor (New)
Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
NW12 (138 Albany Street) | Website

Did you know that MIT has an awesome research reactor on campus? The MIT Nuclear Research Reactor now offers 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.

Non-MIT Events

 (1) 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.

 (2) Cleantech Open's 2017 Boston Kickoff Party (New)
Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street Somerville, MA 02143 | Website

Join Cleantech Open Northeast for a night of cleantech community networking leading up to the Cleantech Open 2017 Accelerator program. Entrepreneurs, students, savvy technologists, investors, professionals, and other interested parties all welcome! At the launch party you'll be able to: (1) Connect with Boston's top innovators, supporters, and thought leaders in the cleantech space. (2) Get exposure by giving your 1 minute elevator pitch in front of judges and potential teammates (if you're ready!). (3) Listen to past competitors as they share their experience with Cleantech Open.

 (3) NECEC's Emerging Trends Series: Cybersecurity & the 21st Century Electricity System (New)
Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 8:30 am to 10:30 am
Mintz Levin, 1 Financial Center Boston, MA 02111 | Website

NECEC's Emerging Trends Series are networking and educational events that discuss hot topics, growing markets and emerging trends in the clean energy industry. This event will discuss cybersecurity as an evolving threat to energy security, reliability and the shift to a 21st century electricity system. How can energy innovation help address this threat, how can clean energy businesses manage the risk of a cyber attack to the grid, and how does public policy play a role in the effort to enhance the cybersecurity of a 21st century grid?

 (4) 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!

 (5) 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 :

 (6) UIC Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE)
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) 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!

 (2) National Grid: Analyst, "Utility of the Future"
| Website

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.

 (3) SparkFund: Technology Research Manager
| Website

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.

 (4) AES Energy Storage: Market Development Director / Analyst
| Website

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.

 (5) Navigant Consulting, Inc.: Intern, Energy Practice
| Website

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"*

 (6) SparkFund: Partnership Sales Executive
| Website

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.

 (7) 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.

 (2) Global Himalayan Expedition: July 2017
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.