CU Energy Club Leader Chats with Energy Secretary


CU Energy Club Leader Chats with Energy Secretary

It's amazing how exciting one telephone call can be. Especially if you are a college senior passionate about renewable energy, and the caller is the Secretary of Energy.

That's exactly what happened in late April to Scot Woolley, the outgoing president of the CU Energy Club. Not only was the conference call with Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, it also included leaders of energy clubs from MIT, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Dartmouth, and Georgia Tech. "

This was one of the most exciting telephone calls I've ever had," said Woolley, who graduated from CU-Boulder this May. "It was even more exciting when Secretary Chu mentioned the CU Energy Frontiers research competition in his opening comments while, at the same time, our energy club had been invited to host one of the first DOE student energy leadership talks here at CU."

The competition that caught Secretary Chu's attention was held at the 2nd AnnualEnergy Frontiers on April 14, a day-long event sponsored by the CU Energy Club and the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) and designed to connect the talent and enthusiasm of future energy leaders to the leaders of today's energy economy. The event featured lectures from leaders in the renewable energy economy and student, alumni, and industry networking sessions. It also featured a poster session competition of renewable energy research and clean tech projects by CU students, which were judged by members of the CU-Boulder faculty and NREL representatives.

The CU Energy Club, a campus-wide energy club with a membership of more than 1,500 students, emphasizes interdisciplinary connections between the areas of finance, technology, policy, science, and law. It is a thriving club with active members who are undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni.

"Energy is everywhere, from lift lines to light bulbs, and students are part of the solution," said Woolley. "A sustainable future depends on interdisciplinary connections and our collective effort to solve the problems of yesterday's energy habits and discover the innovation of tomorrow's energy future," said Woolley.