From lectures by leaders in energy industry and government, to casual lunchtime discussions between energy students and professionals, to seminars and workshops where researchers present their latest work on a wide range of energy topics, the Energy Initiative presents numerous opportunities for the Duke community and the wider energy community to network, learn and explore.

All upcoming energy events are listed below. Visit our Energy Research Seminars page and our Energy Student Events page for more details on those activities.


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Upcoming Events:

Latest update 2015-02-27. All events are on the Duke campus unless otherwise noted.


Wednesday, Mar. 4: Power Lunch with Art Smith
Art Smith, president of Triple Double Advisors, LLC, will present a brief talk, with discussion to follow. Lunch will be provided. This event is for Duke students only.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Gross Hall 100A
Registration is required.

Wednesday, April 1: Energy Research Seminar Series: Rommel Noufi - Perspectives on the Status and Future of CIGS Photovoltaic Technology: R&D and Manufacturing
Cosponsored by the Duke University Energy Research Seminar Series and the MEMS Department Seminar Series
Rommel Noufi (retired from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory) is an expert in thin-film photovoltaic solar energy conversion and will discuss the technology, promises and challenges of two leading technologies in this area (CIGS and CdTe). A light lunch will be provided.
1 p.m.
Schiciano Auditorium Side A
Fitzpatrick Center, Pratt School of Engineering

Tuesday, April 7: Jim Rogers
Part of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the University Program in Environmental Policy seminar series
Duke University inaugural Rubenstein Fellow Jim Rogers has spent the 2014-15 academic year teaching on energy and environmental issues, advising on the future of the utility sector, and mentoring students. The former Duke Energy CEO — reputedly one of the nation’s most progressive utility leaders, particularly on issues related to climate change, energy efficiency, and renewables — has now turned his attention to increasing energy access in the developing world through low-carbon solutions. He will discuss his work on energy access for the world’s 1.2 billion rural poor through the Global BrightLight Foundation and the ways in which he was able to make progress on environmental protection during his 25-year tenure at Duke Energy.
5:30-7 p.m.
Field Auditorium
Environment Hall 1112

Tuesday-Wednesday, April 21-22: The N.C. State Energy Conference
This year's theme is "Think and Do: Mapping a Sustainable Future for Energy in North Carolina." More than 75 expert speakers will address a wide range of energy topics including renewables, traditional fuels, smart grid and new technologies, as they affect and are affected by policies, finance, economics, workforce development and new developments in research. The Tuesday sessions will be followed by the Energy Initiative's monthly networking reception, the Energy Mix.
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday
McKimmon Center, N.C. State University
1101 Gorman St., Raleigh
Registration required.

Tuesday, April 21: Energy Mix
Our monthly social and networking reception for students, businesspeople, faculty and other members of the local energy community. This month, the Energy Mix will be held at the N.C. State Energy Conference. While the conference requires paid registration, the Energy Mix is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the McKimmon Center lot.
5-7 p.m.
McKimmon Center, N.C. State University
1101 Gorman St., Raleigh

Thursday, April 23: Energy Research Seminar Series: Severin Borenstein
Cosponsored by the Duke University Energy Research Seminar Series and the Triangle Resource and Environmental Economics Seminar Series
Research presentation by Severin Borenstein, E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the Haas School of Business and Co-Director of the Energy Institute at Haas at the University of California-Berkeley.
3:15 p.m.
Location TBA.


Previous Events:


Friday, Feb. 27: Energy Mentoring Conversations/Power Lunch with Mark Florian
Mark Florian, managing director of First Reserve, discussed career pathways in energy, then presented a brief talk on "Energy Investing in a Dynamic Market."

Friday, Feb. 13: Power Trip: Raleigh
Co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
This tour of innovative energy facilities in Raleigh included N.C. State's PULSTAR reactor and Advanced Energy.

Thursday, Feb. 5: Power Lunch with Rob Jacobs
Rob Jacobs, CEO of Caird Energy, LLC, made a presentation and took questions from students.

Thursday, Jan. 22: Power Trip: Campus Steam Plant
Co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Our spring slate of Power Trips kicked off with a guided tour of the West Campus Steam Plant.

Wednesday, Jan. 21: Energy Mix
Our monthly social and networking reception for students, businesspeople, faculty and other members of the local energy community. This month's Mix welcomed guests from the Energy Career Panel hosted by the Duke Energy Club for undergraduate students, and the Bass Connections open house.


Highlights of Energy Initiative events in past semesters