Energy University: Concept and Current Activities

Penn State faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in a series of forums that are focused on energy. The first forum, Energy University: Concept and Current Activities, will take place from 9–10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 11. Registration is required. The second and third events will occur in the spring. President Eric Barron will start the forum with an Energy University overview. He will discuss the current status of Energy University and introduce areas that the University will focus on for growth and investment. Next, there will be short presentations on four energy focal areas: Energy Transitions will be delivered by Seth Blumsack, director of the Center for Energy Law and Policy, who will be introduced by Hari Osofsky, dean of Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs. Developing Solutions will be delivered by Bruce Logan, director of the Consortium for Integrated Energy Systems, who will be introduced by Lee Kump, dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Strengthening Communities will be delivered by Esther Obonyo, director of the Global Building Network, who will be introduced by Marie Hardin, dean of the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. Advancing Literacy and Leadership will be delivered by Rachel Brennan, director of the Drawdown Scholars Program, who will be introduced by Justin Schwartz, dean of the College of Engineering. Then, Lora Weiss, senior vice president for research, and Tom Richard, director of the Institutes of Energy and the Environment will moderate an open discussion that will focus on big ideas for Energy University. The panel discussion will explore opportunities and impacts that Penn State can have in energy and where attendees can share their feedback and input on Energy University. Lastly, Lara Fowler will present on how to engage with Energy University.