CU Energy Club conference to explore ‘energy frontiers’ with government, industry April 4

University of Colorado Boulder students, along with experts from government and industry, will focus on student research and topics including energy storage and cooperation with China during the fourth annual Energy Frontiers conference April 4.

The event, organized by the CU Energy Club, is free and open to the public and will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Glenn Miller Ballroom of the University Memorial Center. The conference includes a poster session, panel discussion, catered lunch and a career fair.

The CU Energy Club is a student alliance supported by CU-Boulder’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, or RASEI -- a joint institute with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Its members range from undergraduate students to postdoctoral researchers.

“During our four-year history, the CU Energy Club has been able to establish strong connections with the local energy industry, university groups and national labs,” said Jeremy Halperin, club president and a senior in chemical engineering. “Boulder is an energy hub and establishing strong local connections has allowed the club to connect students with some amazing opportunities including the Energy Frontiers conference.”

David Gardiner, an expert in climate change and environmental policy, will give a keynote address at 12:30 p.m. Gardiner led the White House Climate Change Task Force established by President Clinton and has served as an Environmental Protection Agency administrator as well as a Sierra Club legislative director.

A keynote address by Michael Potts, president and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute, will follow at 1 p.m.

The conference also will include an energy research poster session from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CU-Boulder faculty and NREL scientists, as well as conference attendees, will be invited to select poster presenters for several cash prizes of $250 and one grand prize of $500.

About 20 top industry companies are expected to host tables during the career fair from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“Energy Frontiers is a great opportunity to hear the latest thinking on energy and sustainability,” said Paul Komor, RASEI energy education director.

Previous events coordinated by the CU Energy Club included a public forum on Boulder’s potential to form a municipal utility as voters weighed the option. The club also facilitated a visit from William Brinkman, director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

For a complete schedule of Energy Frontiers events and to register, which is not required but is requested, visit For more information on the CU Energy Club visit

Danielle Felix, RASEI, 303-492-8530
Elizabeth Lock, CU media relations, 303-492-3117