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 2015-03-26. All events are on the Duke campus unless otherwise noted.


Friday, Mar. 27: Women in Energy Panel
A panel of energy professionals will discuss opportunities for women in the energy sector, with breakout sessions focused on specific energy sectors to follow. The conversation will follow an interactive "live office hours" format, with panelists responding to questions submitted by the audience. Breakout sessions and lunch will conclude the event. A number of industry leaders and innovators will participate including: Emily Felt (Business Development Manager, Duke Energy), Brittany Goff (Energy Management, GE Industrial Solutions), Maria Kingery (Co-founder and CEO, Southern Energy Management), Rebecca Stamps (Senior Product Manager, GE Industrial Solutions), Kiersten Williams (Vice President, G&S Business Communications), Betsy McCorkle (Director of Government Affairs, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association), Elizabeth Pratson (Department of Physics, Elon University) .
12-2:30 p.m.
Love Auditorium, LSRC
Registration is required.

Sunday, March 29: TEDxDuke 2015: Building Energy
We all grapple with how to build energy to create and contribute to society. Duke students and faculty, businesspeople, government leaders, and others will talk about how to build energy - literally and figuratively - within Duke and the larger Durham community. Speakers will include Tim Johnson, Associate Professor of the Practice in Energy and the Environment at the Nicholas School; Organic Transit's Rob Cotter; and Rob Phocas (L'98, F'98), Energy and Sustainability Manager for the City of Charlotte. For more information, visit
1 p.m.
Baldwin Auditorium
Purchase a ticket ($20)

Monday, Mar. 30: Sustainability Management Association Information Session
Amanda Fairley, president of the Sustainability Management Association, will discuss opportunities for sustainability professionals.
5 p.m.
Field Auditorium, Environment Hall
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

Thursday, April 2: The Impact of Smart Technology on Consumer Welfare: Evidence from a large randomized smart grid experiment
Part of the Triangle Resource and Environmental Economics seminar series
Research presentation by Matt Harding of Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. His work seeks to understand how individuals make consumption choices in a data rich environment, and quantify the individual and social welfare impact of their choices. Harding is also principal investigator and director of the Duke-UNC USDA Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice Research; faculty co-director of the Duke University Energy Data Analytics Lab; an associate director at the Information Initiative at Duke (iiD); and a faculty fellow in the Duke Energy Initiative.
3:15-4:45 p.m.
Bldg O9, Room 137
RTI International
3040 East Cornwallis Rd., Research Triangle Park

Monday, Apr. 6: Increasing Energy Efficiency Through Community Engagement: Envision Charlotte Panel
Jim Rogers will moderate a panel discussion focused on the City of Charlotte's Envision Charlotte program, which aims to build the most sustainable urban core in the nation. The program is a unique public-private collaboration that has created a global model for economic development, sustainability and quality of life. Envision Charlotte has connected all the office buildings in Charlotte’s center city to the electrical grid in order to measure energy as a single community with a single statistic, driving usage down with raised awareness and voluntary behavior change. The meaningful results have translated into reduced operating costs in the urban core, significant emissions reductions and an enhanced brand for recruiting and retaining businesses and talent. This approach is being emulated in other major cities and has drawn inquiries from around the world, moving the concept of a smart city from vision to reality. Panelists will include: Robert Phocas (Energy and Sustainability Manager, City of Charlotte), Tom Shircliff (Co-founder, Intelligent Buildings, LLC), Kevin Franklin (Director of Customer Facing Operations, Duke Energy), Robert C. Vail (Senior Vice President, Bank of America) and Curt Radkin (Corporate Properties Sustainability Strategist, Wells Fargo).
5 p.m.
Gross Hall 107
Registration is required.

Tuesday, Apr. 7: Energy Mentoring Conversations with Jim Rogers
Retired Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers will discuss his career path and provide professional development advice. This event is for Duke students only.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Gross Hall 230C
Registration is required.

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

Wednesday, April 15: Seminar with Ralf Fuecks
Part of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the University Program in Environmental Policy seminar series. Cosponsored by the Duke University Energy Initiative.
Ralph Fuecks, a Heinrich Boell Foundation executive board member and former co-president of Germany's national Green Party (1989–1990), will discuss how we deal with our current financial, resource scarcity, and climate crises by paying attention to their ecological and economical components. He will explain how highly efficient technologies and an intelligent cycle of materials can in fact spur a shift to smart energy production, transportation, and urban development — a necessity if we want to secure the prosperity of a world population soon to reach 9 billion.
4-5:30 p.m.
Field Auditorium, Environment Hall 1112
Duke University West Campus

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 is 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.

Monday-Tuesday, May 18-19: Frontiers Conference
Presented by the Pratt School of Engineering
Frontiers is a great way for our industry partners to explore the latest research, development, and tech transfer opportunities at Duke Engineering. Featured research tracks will include energy materials, medical devices and data analytics. The conference's second day features the Entrepreneurs Boot Camp. For more information, visit the conference site.
8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, followed by dinner
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday
Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine, and Applied Science (CIEMAS)
Registration is required.


Previous Events:


Wednesday, Mar. 25: Short Course with Rick Larrick (non-credit)
What is the best way to present energy information to consumers so that they understand it? How can you motivate consumers to save energy? This non-credit short course, led by Fuqua professor Rick Larrick, reviewed recent work in psychology and behavioral economics on how to help consumers make better decisions. Participants also discussed specific business and policy examples and brainstormed new applications.

Friday, Mar. 20: Power Trip: Piedmont Biofuels
Co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Students toured the Pittsboro renewable energy facility and other businesses on its campus.

Wednesday, Mar. 4: Power Lunch with Art Smith
Art Smith, president of Triple Double Advisors, LLC, presented a brief talk followed by discussion.

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