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SGSI 2018: Energy@Stanford&SLAC: Energy Research for the 21st Century

Jumpstart your energy education at Stanford. Build your personal energy network at Stanford and hear about current research from over 35 distinguished Stanford energy faculty and expert speakers. Develop a broad perspective on energy and meet Silicon Valley energy entrepreneurs. Compete in the Energy & Carbon Market team challenge. Visit Stanford’s state of the art Central Energy Facility and take an optional half-day tour of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. This four-and-a-half-day course will allow you to meet fellow incoming graduate and professional school students who share an interest in energy, and build an interdisciplinary community across campus. An energy background is not required; incoming graduate and professional students from all schools and departments are encouraged to apply.

Monday, Sept. 10 – Thursday, Sept. 13., 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM; (optional) Friday, Sept. 14, 8:30 AM – 2 PM

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Instructors

  • Arun Majumdar, PhD, co-director, Precourt Institute for Energy; professor, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering (by courtesy)
  • Sally Benson, PhD, co-director, Precourt Institute for Energy; director, Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP); professor, Energy Resources Engineering
  • Tom Devereaux, PhD, director, Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES); professor, Photon Science, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Audience & Capacity

Open to all incoming graduate students in any discipline. Space is limited to 125. Because the early start of the Law School and the School of Medicine prevents new students from those schools from participating in SGSI, continuing students from these schools are welcome.

Objectives

By participating fully in this course, you will:

  • Learn about the breadth and depth energy research from over 35 Stanford faculty and researchers
  • Develop a broad perspective on energy at Stanford
  • Build your personal cross-campus network of incoming graduate students
  • Network with Silicon Valley energy entrepreneurs
  • Attend in-depth elective interactive discussions with Stanford faculty and researchers of your choice
  • Compete in the Energy & Carbon Market team challenge
  • Take an optional half-day tour of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Summary

Energy@Stanford&SLAC will expose you to a wide range of energy topics and Stanford faculty from across campus as early as possible in your graduate career.

The course includes 2-3 big picture talks; 15-min. faculty briefings on their current energy research; 2-3 panel discussions featuring current students, alumni working in energy, and distinguished guests; 2 sessions of one-hour master/elective classes of your choice; a four-day group competition activity; and networking dinners around campus. Our diverse class format provides a variety of learning methods: traditional classroom style, hands-on, interactive, and team building.

Over the course’s four-and-a-half days, the conference will include:

Big Picture Talks: Stanford faculty will give 2-3 big picture talks throughout the week.

15-min. Faculty Briefings: Over a dozen Stanford faculty will give 15-min. briefings on their current energy research throughout the week.

Panel Discussions: We will hold 2-3 panel discussions featuring current students, alumni working in energy, and distinguished guests.

Elective Classes: We will hold two different sessions of five or six different elective classes, for a total of 10-12 different elective classes. For each session, five or six classes will be held simultaneously. These classes will be about an hour long with 18-25 students. It is a chance for small groups of students to participate in interactive discussion with the faculty/researcher on a topic of their choice. With an hour dedicated to each elective class, it will allow for learning through more active discussion and interdisciplinary engagement between the students.

Tours: The course will include a docent led tour of Stanford’s Central Energy Facility and an optional half-day tour on Friday, Sept. 14 of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Lunches and Dinners: This is a time for enrichment and building long-lasting cross-campus connections among the students and faculty.  Mealtimes will include special speakers and activities. Similar to last five years’ format, dinners will rotate to different Stanford locations to orient students about places at Stanford with strong energy curriculum and research. By the time students begin school, it is our objective that they already know how to navigate around campus and engage with other energy students, faculty, staff and communities.

Past participants who took this course said the following about their experience:

“It was an inspiring experience to be surrounded by such brilliant and passionate students for a week and to have the opportunity to learn from some of the brightest minds at Stanford.” -SGSI 2017 Participant

“I felt like I got access to some privileged information about how to take advantage of the changing energy market in the future.” -SGSI 2017 Participant

“It was the perfect way to meet people with similar interests as me” -SGSI 2017 Participant

Guest Speakers

The Energy@Stanford & SLAC course will feature a diverse line-up of Stanford faculty undertaking exciting research in the field of energy. One of our goals is to showcase the breadth and depth of energy expertise at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, while providing students a broad perspective on the topic of energy. We will have about 35 speakers over the course of these four days. Potential speakers for 2018 (many participated in 2017 and in past years) are:

  • Zhenan Bao, professor, School of Engineering, and by courtesy of, Materials Science and Engineering and of Chemistry; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Stacey Bent, professor, School of Engineering; senior associate dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs, and professor, by courtesy, of Materials Science & Engineering, of electrical Engineering and of Chemistry; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Sally Benson, professor, Energy Resources Engineering; co-director, Precourt Institute for Energy; director, Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP); senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Adam Brandt, assistant professor, Energy Resources Engineering; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Gordon Brown, professor emeritus, Geological Sciences
  • David Chassin, staff scientist, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Steven Chu, professor, Physics and Molecular & Cellular Physiology
  • Will Chueh, assistant professor, Materials Science and Engineering; center fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Craig Criddle, professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; senior fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
  • Stephen Comello, director, Sustainable Energy Initiative Stanford Graduate School of Business; fellow, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance; manager, Stanford Bits & Watts
  • Yi Cui, professor, Materials Science and Engineering; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • John Dabiri, professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
  • Tom Devereaux, professor of Photon Science, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; director, Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES)
  • Rod Ewing, professor, Geological Sciences; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Chris Field, professor, Biology and Environmental Earth System Science; founding director, Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology; director, Woods Institute for the Environment
  • Lawrence Goulder, professor, Economics; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy; senior fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
  • Roland Horne, professor, Energy Resources Engineering; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Rob Jackson, professor, Earth System Science; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy; senior fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment
  • Mark Jacobson, professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy; senior fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
  • Tom Jaramillo, associate professor, Chemical Engineering and of Photon Science; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Chi-Chang Kao, professor of Photon Science Directorate; director, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Hema Karunadasa, assistant professor, Chemistry; center fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Sila Kiliccote, staff scientist, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; managing director of Grid Innovations at Stanford
  • Anthony Kovscek, professor, Energy Resources Engineering; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Sanjiva Lele, professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics and Mechanical Engineering
  • Jonathan Levin, dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Business; professor, Economics
  • David Lobell, professor, Earth System Science; Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; senior fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
  • Kate Maher, associate professor, Earth System Science
  • Arun Majumdar, professor, Mechanical Engineering and of photon science and, by courtesy, of Materials Science and Engineering; co-director, Precourt Institute for Energy; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Pamela Matson, professor, Environmental Studies; senior fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment
  • Michael McGehee, associate professor, Materials Science and Engineering; senior fellow Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Paul McIntyre, professor, Materials Science and Engineering; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Nick Melosh, associate professor, Materials Science and Engineering; associate professor, Photon Science Directorate
  • Jens Nørskov, professor, Chemical Engineering and Photon Science Directorate; director, SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Lynn Orr, professor emeritus, Energy Resources Engineering
  • Eric Pop, associate professor, Electrical Engineering, and by courtesy of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Friedrich Prinz, professor, Electrical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Ram Rajagopal, associate professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and by courtesy of Electrical Engineering; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Dan Reicher, lecturer, Stanford Law School; executive director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance
  • Juan Rivas-Davila, assistant professor, Electrical Engineering; center fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Debbie Senesky, assistant professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, and by courtesy of, Electrical Engineering
  • Zhi-Xun Shen, professor, Applied Physics, Physics and Photon Science Directorate; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Alicia Seiger, lecturer, Stanford Law School; deputy director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance; Managing Director, Precourt Institute Clean Energy Finance Project
  • Jim Sweeney, professor, Management Science and Engineering; director, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy; senior fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research; senior fellow, Hoover Institution
  • Michael Toney, distinguished staff scientist, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Michael Wara, senior research scholar, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
  • John P. Weyant, professor, Management Science and Engineering; deputy director, Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Jennifer Widom, dean of the School of Engineering; professor, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
  • Jane Woodward, adjunct professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; founder and CEO, MAP Royalty, Inc.
  • Frank Wolak, professor, Economics; director, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development; senior fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy; senior fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
  • Xiaolin Zheng, associate professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Mark Zoback, professor and department chair, Geophysics; director, Stanford Natural Gas Initiative; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy

Additional speakers who have participated in Energy@Stanford & SLAC in prior years:

  • Fahmida Ahmed, director, Office of Sustainability
  • Dan Arvizu, Precourt Energy Scholar
  • Jeff Ball, lecturer, Stanford Law School; scholar-in-residence, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance
  • Brian Bartholomeusz, executive director, Innovation Transfer, TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy
  • David Danielson, Precourt Energy Scholar
  • James O. Ellis Jr., distinguished visiting fellow, The Hoover Institution
  • David Fedor, research analyst, Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy
  • Charles Kolstad, senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy; senior fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
  • Stuart Macmillan, Precourt Energy Scholar
  • The Honorable William Perry, professor (emeritus), Management Science and Engineering; senior fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
  • The Honorable George Shultz, Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow; Chair, Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy
  • Joseph Stagner, executive director, Sustainability and Energy Management Executive Office
  • JB Straubel, co-founder and chief technical officer, Tesla Motors, Inc.
  • Mark Thurber, associate director for research, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development
  • Student leaders of the Stanford Energy Club

For additional information about Energy@Stanford&SLAC, including a student testimonial video, past agendas, and past participant lists, please visit the Energy@Stanford&SLAC conference website. Additional information will be added periodically.

Additional Course Expectations

  • No work is required outside of class.
  • Full attendance is expected.

SUNet ID required to log in; all SGSI correspondence sent to your Stanford email account.

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