EAP Spring Dispatch

April 27th, 2017

Dear Alumni, Students, and Friends, 

With another academic year almost in the books, I'm happy to report we had a jam-packed spring semester! Back in March, 13 students and 4 faculty participated in the first ever EAP Professional Development Trip to Chicago. The trip was a great success and you can read more about it in the right hand column. This spring, we also launched an exciting partnership with SCB Group, where the energy brokerage firm provided over $5000 in cash awards to EAP students for top papers in our new Energy Markets class.

We have also had much to celebrate this year. We were thrilled that EAP co-founder Wes Foell was recognized as the Wisconsin Energy Educator of the Year, and I was honored to be named a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow,
announced just this week. Additionally, our alumni were extremely activate this spring hosting multiple events in Madison and Chicago. 

As always, if you have any suggestions for how we could improve the EAP program or would like to connect with our community, please don't hesitate to contact me. 


Professor Gregory Nemet
Energy Analysis and Policy Program Chair


Energy Educator of the Year Award
We would like to take a moment to acknowledge founding EAP faculty member, Wes Foell, was given the Energy Educator of the Year award by the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education.. Even in retirement, Wes continues to be a major supporting force for energy research and education in Wisconsin. His persistent involvement in the program over four decades is truly responsible for EAP's continued success.   

Bunn Fellowship Announcement
We are proud to announce the coming year's Bunn Fellow, David Abel. After receiving his Environment and Resources Masters degree in the fall, David decided to continue on in a Phd program with advisor Tracey Holloway. He hopes to further his research on the air quality implications of electric generation throughout the US. The Bunn Distinguished Graduate Fellowship is named in honor of the first chair of EAP and UW Law Professor, George Bunn, whose generous gift established the fellowship.

Barriers to Renewable Energy Alumni Event

Following our Chicago Trip in March, our alumni organized an event for students and alumni to present on one barrier to renewable energy adoption. All participants were asked to submit a brief abstract and a single slide for their five minute presentation. Topics ranged from biogas to solar gardens to air quality. We're fortunate to have such involved alumni! 


Students Rave About EAP Chicago Trip

Participants pose at the Museum of Science & Industry
Over a whirlwind of two days, students and faculty traveled throughout the greater Chicago Area meeting with a selection of energy professionals to hear of the latest developments in the energy sector. In a post trip survey, all students rated the trip as excellent and said they would recommend another trip in 2018!  "It was incredibly insightful as a student to see various opportunities in the private sector," one student said. The first stop of trip was at Baxter International where EAP Alumnus Ron Meissen gave an overview of the company's renewable energy portfolio and sustainability efforts. After lunch, the group was off to meet with professors and academic staff at the University of Illinois Chicago to learn more about their Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy as well as their research with Argonne National Laboratory.

Students listen to a presentation at UIC
The group then checked into their hotel before making their way to EAP Alumni Showcase hosted by EAP Alumnus Martha Goodell. Students mingled with alumni and friends of program. Additionally, there was an award presentation for the paper competition sponsored by SCB to acknowledge the student winners. You can read more about the award and paper topics here.
EAP Alumnus Martha Goodell kicks off the Showcase
The next day, the group visited the Center for Neighborhood Technology, learning about the non-profits' energy planning efforts to work with cities across the country. Afterwards, students met with EAP Alumnus Susan Mudd at the Environmental Law and Policy Center to hear about their coordination on various environmental issues across the Midwest.
Students investigate a museum exhibit on energy.
The trip concluded with a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry to view their energy education exhibits. "I believe experiences such as this trip are extremely valuable and would highly recommend it to students in the following years." another student said. Lastly, we would like to thank the continued generous support of our alumni, this trip would not have been possible without their financial contributions. This trip was made possible by private donations from EAP alumni and friends of the program. You can support EAP at this link. More pictures of the trip be viewed here.  

EAP Happy Hour

At the conclusion of the Nelson Institute's Annual Earth Day Conference, EAP alumni hosted a gathering for students and alumni at Brocach's on the Square. A great time was had by all!

Would you like to be more involved?
As we grow EAP, we aim to support connections among our alumni, and to link our students and recent grads with our growing community of energy alums. Would you like to get more involved in EAP? There are many opportunities, from hosting an event, to hiring an intern, to speaking about your career, or joining our alumni committee. Please feel free to reach out to EAP Professor Tracey Holloway anytime with ideas of how you could support EAP, connect with colleagues, and engage with our amazing students. 
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