Energy Newsletter

Dear MIT Energy Club,

 

This year's MIT Energy Career Fair and MIT Energy Conference were a tremendous success! We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the organizing team for their hard work, to the many great speakers who came to join us, and to Schneider Electric and the rest of our generous sponsors.

 

We are very excited to announce the launch of the club's new Mentorship Program, designed to further strengthen club connections and better serve our mission to "build strong, lasting relationships among our student members." Signup here by March 13 to join us in this brand new initiative!

 

Lastly, applications for next year's club leadership team are now open. Descriptions of the many amazing positions can be found here, and the application form here. Note that the co-president application deadline is March 17, and all remaining positions will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

We look forward to reviewing your applications, and as always, please keep sending us your events and job descriptions through our online submission form.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Libby DeLucia & Ben Magolan

Co-Presidents, MIT Energy Club

(New) additions and events This Week are identified below


MIT Energy Club Events

(1)  Solar Seminar and Social (Mar 8)  (New)
(2)  Energy Club Mentorship Program Registration (Mar 13)  (New)

MIT Events

(1)  e4Dev Dinner Speaker Series: Namrata Kala on "Learning, Adaptation, and Climate Uncertainty: Evidence from Indian Agriculture" (Mar 7)  (New)
(2)  Tour of the MIT Nuclear Research Reactor (Mar 22)

Non-MIT Events

(1)  Call for Papers: ETH Academy on Sustainability and Technology 2017 (Mar 13)  (New)
(2)  Cleantech Open's 2017 Boston Kickoff Party (Mar 15)
(3)  NECEC's Emerging Trends Series: Cybersecurity & the 21st Century Electricity System (Mar 23)
(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)  National Grid: Analyst, "Utility of the Future"
(2)  SparkFund: Technology Research Manager
(3)  AES Energy Storage: Market Development Director / Analyst
(4)   Navigant Consulting, Inc.: Intern, Energy Practice
(5)  REsurety: Job & Internship Opportunities
(6)  SparkFund: Partnership Sales Executive
(7)  BP Sophomore Experience (Jun 19)
(8)  Thermoflow, Inc: Engineer/Senior Engineer  (New)

MIT Energy Club Events

 (1) Solar Seminar and Social (New)
Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017 5:00 pm
4-163 --> Muddy Charles | Website

We are having our next solar seminar with the speakers below! After the talks, we will migrate to the Muddy Charles Pub for the solar social. Room 4-163 at 5pm Muddy Charles Pub at 6pm (free dinner!) (1) Marcus Mueller, "The Impact of Solar Installation in German Low-voltage Grids" (2) Pulkit Shamshery, "State of Residential and Commercial Solar PV and Solar Thermal in Kenya" Each talk is 10-15 minutes with extra question time. These should start some good discussion for the social!

 (2) Energy Club Mentorship Program Registration (New)
Monday, Mar 13, 2017 
| Website

Few student-run organizations at MIT are as large as ours, but none span as wide an audience. With this in mind, there is a great opportunity to strengthen the cohesiveness and usefulness of the club. In our mission statement, we pledge to build strong, lasting relationships among our student members. It is the interdisciplinary nature of MIT and world's energy challenges, that require collaboration across class years and departments. Our most successful events: Energy Conference, Energy Hackathon, and Energy Night bring together the distributed energy-related activity at MIT in the Boston Area. However, this valuable knowledge transfer should not be limited to several days each year. This is the inspiration for this mentorship program. The mentorship program is a semester-long pairing between students with compatible interests, goals, and experiences. Primarily matches will be made between undergraduate and the graduate members of the club. This is not imagined to be a major time commitment, rather a mutually beneficial relationship that will make the club stronger by strengthening connections internally. Each pairing will be allocated $10 per month for costs related to a meetup.

MIT Events

 (1) e4Dev Dinner Speaker Series: Namrata Kala on "Learning, Adaptation, and Climate Uncertainty: Evidence from Indian Agriculture" (New)
Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
E19-319 | Website

Energy for Human Development, Dinner Speaker Series Namrata Kala is the 2015 Prize Fellow in Economics at Harvard University. Her research interests are environmental and development economics. Her current research projects include studying how firms and households learn about and adapt to environmental change, private sector returns to environmental technologies, and the returns to worker training and incentives.

 (2) Tour of the MIT Nuclear Research Reactor
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="http://bit.ly/MITReactorTour">http://bit.ly/MITReactorTour</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 (New)
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 (abrophy@ethz.ch) 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 (http://www.sustec.ethz.ch/teaching/phd-academy.html) or contact Aoife Brophy Haney.

 (2) Cleantech Open's 2017 Boston Kickoff Party
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
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 :http://www.ghe.co.in/join.html

 (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) 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.

 (2) 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.

 (3) 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.

 (4) 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"*

 (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; Wind Data Intern; Engineering Intern. Please see details and contact information from Careers page weblink above.

 (6) SparkFund: Partnership Sales Executive
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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.

 (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.

 (8) Thermoflow, Inc: Engineer/Senior Engineer (New)
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Seeking recent graduates in Mechanical, Aero/Astro, or Chemical Engineering. The qualifications are: (a) Outstanding academic record in a relevant engineering department. (b) Achievement of excellent grades in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer and related areas. (c) Demonstrable knowledge of the fundamental engineering basics of the thermal sciences, and particularly in their practical application. (d) Interest and/or some experience in writing software. Although most technical staff at Thermoflow have Ph.D. degrees, we are seeking recent graduates at any level, and are especially interested in hiring fresh S.M. graduates with a genuine passion for energy engineering. Strong preference will be given to US citizens or permanent residents.