EAP Monthly Dispatch

September 30th, 2015

Dear Alumni, Students, and Friends,

Happy fall! After several weeks of warm weather, autumn has finally arrived to campus. The sunny afternoons and cool evenings make for perfect study weather, but while fall colors are starting to show along University Avenue... on game days all we can see is Badger red!

Now that the semester is in full swing, there's been lots happening here at EAP.

This month, we welcomed represen-tatives from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and GRID Alternatives to campus. NREL reps visited with our students and alumni at a recruiting event during the first week of classes, and students chatted with reps from GRID Alternatives at an informal info session on a Friday afternoon just a couple of weeks ago. (If your company or organization would like to plan a meet & greet with our students and/or alumni, please feel free to reach out to me! I'd love to help set that up.)

I'm also pleased to announce that four of our current EAP students, David Abel, Alex Karambelas, Sophia Rodgers, and José Ignacio-Medina, founded a new student organization -- GEAPS! (GEAPS, pronounced "jeeps," stands for "Graduate EAP Students.) Stay tuned to hear more about the activities they have planned for this semester.

I hope you'll join us at the Energy Summit on October 13th and/or the special EAP breakfast on October 14th. If you only plan to attend the breakfast, there's no need to register for the summit. Instead, please email Olivia Sanderfoot (the excellent grad student who puts each EAP dispatch together!). The event will offer alumni, students, and friends the opportunity to hear what’s new with EAP and connect with fellow EAPers (see details below). If you miss it, don’t worry – we’ll be sending updates from the event in our October dispatch!


Professor Tracey Holloway
Energy Analysis and Policy Faculty Committee


EAP Special Event
The Future of Graduate Energy Education

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


Come join us on Wednesday, October 14th from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m for an EAP special event, The Future of Graduate Energy Education: Reflecting on the Energy Analysis and Policy Program. All alumni, students, and friends are invited to join us for breakfast, networking, and a lively discussion about the EAP program. Please contact Olivia Sanderfootour outreach assistant, if you'd like to attend. Registration is free, but attendees are encouraged to donate $10 (or more!) to the EAP fund to offset the cost of the event and support the EAP program.

EAP in the News

The EAP community is taking the world by storm. Here's just a snapshot of what some of our alumni, students, and faculty have been up to:
-- EAP professor Tracey Holloway was recently recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as an inaugural Public Engagement Fellow of the Alan I. Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with Science. Click here to read more about this fellowship..
-- Ben Paulos, an EAP alumnus, is traveling throughout Wisconsin promoting his new e-book, Empowered: A Tale of Three Cities Taking Charge of Their Energy Future. Click here to download your copy today!
-- EAP alumni and faculty are gearing up for the 2015 Energy Summit, chaired by EAP professor Tracey Holloway. EAP interim chair Paul Wilson will moderate a panel on the Clean Power Plan, and EAP alumna Flora Flygt, now a strategic planning and policy advisor with the American Transmission Company, will also participate in a panel on transmission expansion and electric reliability. Click here to see a complete list of speakers at what's sure to be a great event!

Recap: EAP Meet & Greets

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

This month, representatives from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) stopped by the UW–Madison campus to speak with students about career opportunities at NREL's headquarters in Golden, Colorado. On Thursday, September 3rd, Marlo Hughen (recruiter) and Jordan Macknick (energy analyst) graciously set aside time in their busy schedules to speak with EAP students and alumni at a special meet & greet.

The forum was a great success. Roughly 20 EAPers attended the event to learn more about NREL's programs and the types of careers available at the research institute. Attendees asked thoughtful questions about the work environment at NREL's Strategic Energy Analysis Center and 
inquired about upcoming opportunities to work with NREL on research projects as graduate students or postdoctoral fellowsNREL is already home to EAP alums Paul Denholm, Brian Hirsch, and Eric O'Shaughnessy, profiled in our August dispatch.

GRID Alternatives

GRID Alternatives is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities. On Friday, September 18th, Lia Papazoglou – Volunteerism and Collegiate Program Officer at GRID Alternatives' headquarters in Oakland, California – stopped by the Wisconsin Energy Institute to chat with EAPers and other Nelson Institute students about upcoming career and professional development opportunities with her organization. Attendees learned more about GRID Alternatives' projects, including the National Women in Solar Initiative and Solar Spring Break, and shared with Ms. Papazoglou how EAP students in particular could contribute to and benefit from participating in these programs.
If you'd like to set up a meet & greet with our students or alumni, please contact us at any time. We'd love to hear from you!
Are you on LinkedIn yet?

If not, what are you waiting for? Over 80% of EAP alumni and current students have created LinkedIn profiles to highlight their academic and professional accomplishments. Check out the EAP group page and join our online networking community today!
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