2015 C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium

The goal of the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium is to provide women in clean energy with a range of perspectives on clean energy challenges and opportunities. It also provides a forum for networking. It is our hope that the symposium helps to build a sustained national and international community of professionals dedicated to advancing the careers and goals of women in clean energy.

The Fourth Annual C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium was held in Cambridge, MA on November 4-5, 2015. The theme this year was Leveraging Megatrends for a Clean Energy Future. Details about this event are included within this page.

Special thanks to our 2015 Sponsors:

Wednesday, November 4

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Registration and Lunch

1:00 – 1:05 PM


Martha Broad, Executive Director, MIT Energy Initiative

1:05 – 1:25 PM

Issues Framing

Robert C. Armstrong, Director, MIT Energy Initiative

Paula Hammond, David H. Koch Professor in Engineering and Department Head, Chemical Engineering at MIT

1:25 – 2:40 PM

Cutting Edge Research on Women, Energy, and Leadership

New research is emerging on women’s roles throughout the energy sector, in both developing and developed countries. This discussion will highlight the impact that women’s leadership could have on the energy systems transition and offer insights on building a gender-diverse workforce.

Moderated by Barbara Kates-Garnick, Professor of Practice and Senior Research Fellow, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, Fletcher School, Tufts University

Rebecca Pearl-Martinez, Research Fellow & Head of the Renewable Equity Project, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP), Fletcher School, Tufts University
Bipasha Baruah, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, Western University
Courtney Tanenbaum, Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research (AIR)

2:40 – 2:55 PM

Award Deliveries

Presentation of the Government Award by Colette Honorable, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Presentation of the Advocacy Award by Seth Weissman, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, SolarCity

2:55 – 3:15 PM


3:15 – 4:30 PM

The Energy/Water Nexus

The tight linkages among energy and water are becoming increasingly apparent – and pose increasingly serious challenges. We need water to extract energy and generate power; we need energy to provide and distribute clean water. Both energy and water systems are already stressed and will come under greater pressure in the coming decades. What can we do now to increase the resilience of these interdependent systems and manage our needs sensibly and sustainably? What needs to change so that we can be proactive and break the paradigm of waiting for a crisis to address?

Moderated by Mary Anne Sullivan, Partner for the Energy Regulatory Practice, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Diana Bauer, Director, Office of Energy Systems Analysis and Integration, EPSA at U.S. Department of Energy
Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Natasha C. Wright, Doctoral Candidate, Global Engineering and Research Lab, MIT

4:30 – 6:00 PM

Networking Afternoon

Session 1 (4:30 – 5:15 PM)

  1. Speed Networking

    Inspired by speed dating, this high-energy structured networking session will provide the opportunity for a series of one-on-one conversations with other symposium guests.

  2. Discussion: Powering the Future, Empowering Ourselves

    Lead by Ambassador Britt Ide, President, Ide Law and Strategy, PLLC

    Sheryl Sandberg has called on women to “lean in” while Anne-Marie Slaughter says, “Women can’t have it all” but the focus seems to be on individual women and how they struggle to succeed in a defined world. Are there ways in which we can re-imagine our schools, work environments, and home life shaped differently into environments where women not only strive but thrive? How do we inspire young girls to pursue science? Where do young women scientists find courage and encouragement? How do successful women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields–whether in academia, business, finance, or government–balance a career while being mothers, caretakers, and mentors? How can we, as a community, nurture each other to shape the future we’d like for ourselves, for our children, for a healthier world? We hope this discussion will be a creative exchange of ideas, experiences, and tools to create a world that encourages, embraces, and empowers women in STEM.

  3. Unstructured Networking

    This unstructured session will allow guests to mingle and socialize in a low-pressure networking environment.

Session 2 (5:15 – 6:00 PM)

  1. Speed Networking

    Inspired by speed dating, this high-energy structured networking session will provide the opportunity for a series of one-on-one conversations with other symposium guests.

  2. Powering the Future, Empowering Ourselves

    Lead by Emily Reichert, CEO, Greentown Labs and Ambassador Alla Weinstein, Co-Founder, Trident Winds LLC

    Investors, non-profits, and governments are earnestly searching for the next wave of clean energy technologies and President Obama has stressed the crucial role business plays, “If we are at the forefront of this, if we are the innovators, if we are the early adaptors, if we are the example-setters, then we’re the ones who are going to be creating and selling the products and services that help the entire world adapt to a clean-energy future.” Coming up with an exciting and new idea or invention is one thing but how do you make that transition from technology to finance and the marketplace? This is a crucial step but seems to be a particular challenge for women working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. This break-out session aims to bring scientists, innovators, educators, and entrepreneurs who have made these leaps together to share their experiences, both successes and pitfalls, as they navigate the leading edge.

  3. Unstructured Networking

    This unstructured session will allow guests to mingle and socialize in a low-pressure networking environment.

6:30 – 9:00 PM

Networking Dinners

Dinner will be provided at several local restaurants, where guests will be able to mingle and network with a cross-section of symposium guests. Dinner assignments can be found on the back of name badges.

Volunteers will gather dinner guests in the lobby of the building at 6:00 PM, and lead them to their restaurant.

Thursday, November 5

7:45 – 8:30 AM

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 – 8:40 AM

Welcome Back

Martha Broad, Executive Director, MIT Energy Initiative and
Caroline McGregor, C3E Initiative Lead, U.S. Department of Energy

8:40 – 9:40 AM


Melanie Kenderdine, Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, US Department of Energy (Slides)

9:40 – 9:55 AM

Award Deliveries

Presentation of the Business Award by Lisa Frantzis, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, Advanced Energy Economy

Presentation of the International Award by Christine Eibs Singer, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, United Nations

9:55 – 10:25 AM


10:25 – 11:40 AM

The Transition to a Low-Carbon Future

As negotiators from world governments prepare to meet in Paris to agree on a shared approach to climate change next month [in December], it remains to be seen whether the sum of all national commitments made there will deliver bold action on climate change mitigation and resilience. Beyond national commitments, what more can and should be done to secure a low carbon future? How can climate finance be leveraged for greatest impact? What is the role of public-private partnerships? How can clean energy technologies drive clean energy markets and clean energy jobs? Is a price on carbon the critical piece and how can that be achieved?

Moderated by Amy Francetic, Chief Executive Officer, Clean Energy Trust

Lisa D. Cagnolatti, Vice President, Business Customer Division, Southern California Edison
Leslie Labruto, Director of Resilient Communities, Clinton Foundation
Jeanette Pablo, Senior Advisor – Electricity, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy

11:40 – 12:40 PM

Undergraduate Student Lightning Presentations

Undergraduate women from around the country will give three-minute presentations about their research in clean energy with opportunities for one brief question each.

12:40 – 12:55 PM

Award Deliveries

Presentation of the Law & Finance Award by Britt Ide, President, Ide Law and Strategy, PLLC

Presentation of the Entrepreneurial Award by Ellen Morris, Energy and Environment Faculty, Columbia University and President, Sustainable Energy Solutions

1:05 – 2:20 PM


Lunch tables will  be assigned topics based on suggestions made at the event. Suggest a subject or join in on another idea!

2:30 – 3:00 PM

Poster Session

This will be your last chance to vote for the three winners of the Graduate Student Poster Competition. Please turn in your ballots!

3:00 – 3:15 PM

Lifetime Achievement Award Delivery

Presented by:
Nancy Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Investors and
Dian Grueneich, Senior Research Scholar, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force, Stanford University

3:15 – 4:30 PM

Clean Energy Technology Frontiers

Clean energy technologies have great potential to minimize periodic fuel shortages, fluctuating costs, global warming, and airborne pollution. A clean energy future also requires more sustainable means for energy conversion, storage, distribution, and conservation. In nearly all cases, progress in developing and commercializing these alternative technologies is limited by materials. What progress is being made to develop more efficient and cost-effective clean energy technologies using new materials, including those that incorporate nanotechnology? How are researchers in new materials development addressing environmental and sustainability concerns in the sourcing and manufacturing processes? What is the promise for nanotechnology to increase the energy efficiency in a variety of areas from batteries to photovoltaics to water purification processes?

Moderated by Karina Edmonds, Executive Director for Corporate Partnerships, California Institute of Technology

Leslie Dewan, Co-founder and CEO, Transatomic Power
Nancy Haegel, Center Director, Materials Science, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Tara Hemami, Cummins Research & Technology
Angela Belcher, W.M. Keck Professor of Energy, MIT

4:30 – 4:45 PM

Award Deliveries

Presentation of the Research Award by Sydney McNiff-Johnson, Senior Advisor, Global Energy Practice, Dentons

Presentation of the Education Award by Kristina Johnson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cube Hydro Partners, LLC

4:45 – 4:50 PM

Special Commendation

Presented by Rose McKinney-James, Managing Principal, Energy Works

4:50 – 5:00 PM

Poster Competition Awards

5:00 – 5:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Maria Zuber, Vice President for Research, and E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics, MIT

Lourdes Melgar, Deputy Secretary of Energy for Hydrocarbons, Mexico

5:30 – 6:30 PM


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Congratulations to the 2015 C3E Award Winners!

  1. Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Nichols

    Chair, California Air Resources Board

    Mary Nichols has devoted her entire career in public and nonprofit service to advocating for the environment and public health. She has served as Chair of the California Air Resources Board (ARB) since 2007, and she previously held the post from 1979 to 1983. At ARB, she is responsible for implementing California’s landmark greenhouse gas emissions legislation as well as setting air pollution standards for motor vehicles, fuels, and consumer products.

    Nichols also served as California’s Secretary for Natural Resources from 1999 to 2003, and before returning to the ARB she was a Professor of Law and Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to the ARB, she served as head of the Office of Air and Radiation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she was responsible for many regulatory breakthroughs, including the acid rain trading program and the first air quality standard for fine particles. She also practiced environmental law in Los Angeles, pursuing cases on behalf of environmental and public health organizations to enforce state and federal clean air legislation. She is a dedicated mentor and champion for women in the clean energy field. Nichols graduated from Cornell University and holds a JD from Yale Law School.

  2. Government Award: Carla Joy Peterman

    PetermanCommissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

    Carla Peterman was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in December 2012. Peterman led the CPUC’s adoption of an energy storage procurement framework, the first mandatory U.S. utility program for purchasing energy storage. Through Peterman’s work, investments in energy storage are increasing rapidly in California and across the country. She currently oversees the CPUC’s $1 billion-plus annual customer-funded Energy Efficiency Program, leads implementation of California’s 50% Renewable Portfolio Standard, and is in charge of the CPUC’s Alternative Vehicle Program, which supports California’s goal to put 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. She formerly served as a California Energy Commissioner. Peterman holds a BA in History from Howard University and an MS and MBA from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She is finishing doctoral studies in Energy and Resources at the University of California, Berkeley.

  3. Advocacy Award: Dawn Lippert

    LippertFounder and Director, Energy Excelerator

    Dawn Lippert is the Founder and Director of Energy Excelerator, a startup program dedicated to helping solve the world’s energy challenges, starting in Hawaii. She has raised over $40M to help companies reach the market and achieve scale through targeted funding and strategic relationships with customers, investors, and corporate partners. The non-profit program has funded 43 companies thus far. Lippert also is Chair of the Board for the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, a board of private and public energy stakeholders tasked with transforming Hawaii to 100% renewable energy. She founded and serves on the Board of Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE), a not-for-profit designed to build technical expertise, trust, and relationships to advance clean energy. Before moving to Hawaii in 2009, Lippert was a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton’s alternative energy team in Washington, D.C. While there, she helped implement the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative. She holds a BA from Yale University and a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her favorite quote comes from her love for sailing: “A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”

  4. Business Award: Grace Overlander

    OverlanderManager of New Product Introduction, Tesla Motors

    Grace Overlander is the Manager of New Product Introduction at Tesla Motors, where she is responsible for the successful launch of more than a dozen distinct products. Her team recently launched new battery and electric components that are at the heart of the groundbreaking Model X sport utility vehicle. She was also responsible for the team that introduced Tesla Energy, which is revolutionizing markets for home and industrial energy storage. Prior to Tesla, Overlander instituted the refurbishment strategy for General Motors’ (GM’s) award-winning Volt. Her work at GM also established processes to drive product quality earlier in vehicle development, resulting in faster more successful launches. Overlander has been a champion for educating students and coworkers. She has sponsored internships in the sustainability and alternative energy space and championed plant tours and executive events to introduce students to electric vehicle technology. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and graduated from MIT as a Fellow in Leaders for Global Operations. She holds an MBA and a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering.

  5. International Award: Anya Cherneff

    CherneffExecutive Director, Empower Generation

    Anya Cherneff is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Empower Generation—a social enterprise that connects women in Nepal with global suppliers of solar technology, empowering them to distribute clean energy solutions in their remote communities. Empower Generation has launched 15 women-led solar businesses that collectively employ over 200 sales agents. These sales agents and entrepreneurs represent the only clean energy distribution network to reach the most remote communities in Nepal. To date, Cherneff and her team have distributed 50,000 solar products, bringing clean, safe power and light to more than 250,000 people. She has also delivered several talks at global energy companies and women-in-energy networks, inspiring others to join the clean energy revolution. Her entrepreneurial approach catalyzes engagement with energy companies and large international development agencies, fostering a supportive environment for local solutions. Cherneff is dedicated to promoting women’s rights as human rights and her previous experience includes founding the Human Trafficking Centre at the University of Denver. In early 2015, she was awarded a nine-month fellowship at the Global Social Benefit Institute at Santa Clara University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Columbia University and a Master’s in International Human Rights from the University of Denver.

  6. Law & Finance Award: Alina Zagaytova

    ZagaytovaAssistant General Counsel, First Solar

    Alina Zagaytova is an Assistant General Counsel at First Solar. She leads First Solar’s strategic partnerships and investments, mergers and acquisitions, project
    finance, and distributed generation. She has handled over $10 billion in financing and transactions for renewable energy projects. Zagaytova has led First Solar’s energy access projects in Africa and South America and developed innovative financing solutions specific to those regions. She has provided pro bono legal help to several clean energy start-ups, which have since become successful companies. In Washington, D.C., she founded and ran a networking group for young professionals in renewable energy, and she continues to serve as a mentor within her organization. She holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a JD from Harvard Law School.

  7. Entrepreneurial Award: Erica Mackey

    mackeyCo-founder and Chief Operations Officer, Off.Grid:Electric Ltd.
    Erica Mackey is the Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer of Off.Grid:Electric Ltd., the world’s first massively scalable off-grid electric company dedicated to providing affordable and reliable energy. The company utilizes distributed renewable energy to sell power as a service to customers who suffer from an expensive or unreliable grid, or have no electrical grid access at all. Mackey has been instrumental in breaking international financing barriers by making African rooftops an investable asset for western capital. Utilizing an innovative pre-paid solar model she and her team will have connected more than 100,000 African households to modern, clean electricity by the end of 2015. She also launched the M-POWER Academy to recruit and train young East African professionals and place them in solar jobs. Mackey was recognized as a Forbes “30 Under 30” Social Entrepreneur, spoke at the USAID Development Lab launch and TED Global’s TED University, won an Ashden Award for Financial Innovation, and is an alumna of the International Achievement Summit. She holds a BS from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA from Oxford University.

  8. Research Award: Jessica Granderson

    Jessica Granderson - EETD studio portrait

    Research Scientist and Deputy of Research Programs, Building Technology and Urban Systems Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

    Jessica Granderson is a Research Scientist and the Deputy of Research Programs for the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division at LBNL. She leads a team conducting cutting-edge research on building controls, automation, and analytics, and she provides technical expertise and knowledge transfer to advance the energy management initiatives of the nation’s largest enterprises, national accounts, and public sector entities. Granderson is the co-developer of a turnkey hardware-software solution—the “Sensor Suitcase”—which automatically identifies cost-effective energy savings in small commercial buildings. This technology is now being funded for commercialization. Granderson also developed methodologies that are now used by industry to reduce time, cost, and complexity in verifying performance-based savings. She is dedicated to the growth and mentoring of students and junior staff and particularly supports those from groups historically underrepresented in Engineering and Science. She holds an AB in Mechanical Engineering from Harvard University and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

  9. Education Award: DaNel Hogan

    hoganDirector, The STEMAZing Project, Office of the Pima County School Superintendent

    DaNel Hogan is the Director of The STEMAZing Project for the Office of the Pima County School Superintendent in Tucson, Arizona. In this role, Hogan provides professional development opportunities for PreK–12th grade educators, edits The STEMAZing Newsletter, and participates in numerous STEM outreach events. Hogan serves as an example to her students and as a mentor and champion to her colleagues. She recently co-organized several national professional development workshops for educators on topics such as energy, water, and engineering. She also serves on the Teacher Advisory Board for the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project. Previously, Hogan was an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., where she led outreach on the Energy Literacy Framework, an effort involving 13 federal agencies and thousands of experts. While in D.C., Hogan was engaged in national-level STEM issues with a particular focus on K-Gray Energy Literacy. Hogan holds a BA in Physics from Coe College and a Master’s degree in Teaching from Southern Oregon University.

  10. Special Commendation: Kathy Swartz

    swartzExecutive Director, Solar Energy International

    Kathy Swartz, Executive Director of Solar Energy International, has implemented the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Ready Vets training programs at the first two military bases. The training provides transitioning service members with the technical expertise to start a career in the renewable energy field. She also established Programa Hispano for Latina workers; women-only training programs; and the Heather Andrews Scholarship Fund for women pursuing training and employment in the solar industry.

Thank you to the following sponsors of the 2015 C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium.

Leading Sponsors

  1. Shell

    Shell is proud to support the 2015 C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium. We have long recognized both the importance of the climate challenge and the critical role energy has in enabling quality of life for people across the world; wherever they live. But our energy system is changing to meet greater demand and environmental stresses.

    The challenge is how to provide “more energy and less CO2”. Broadly aligned with the IPCC’s 5th Assessment, Shell’s Scenarios show that approaching net-zero emissions towards the end of the 21st century while experiencing economic growth is a challenging, yet achievable, societal ambition. We see renewable energies eventually becoming the largest component of the global energy system, in combination with cleaner burning hydrocarbons like natural gas; and innovations in biofuels, hydrogen and Carbon Capture & Storage.

    These diverse solutions require collaboration through diverse thinking from the best minds, which is why Shell actively invests in the development of women in STEM education, our business and the energy industry. In 2004, we were honored to receive the prestigious Catalyst Award and our former CEO was appointed Catalyst Chair of the Board in 2014 to further expand opportunities for women in business. In 2014 Shell was recognized in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women, and named Top 50 Employer in Workforce Diversity (2014), Minority Engineer (2015) and Woman Engineer Magazines (2015). Additionally, our own Selda Gunsel was just awarded the STLE’s highest technical award for her outstanding contributions in tribology, lubrication engineering and related sciences.

    Our thanks to MIT and C3E for the opportunity to contribute to the community of professionals dedicated to advancing the careers of women in clean energy. We commend the C3E Award winners and nominees for their tireless excellence addressing and resolving some of the greatest challenges that our society faces.

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  2. Cummins

    Cummins is proud to support and engage in the C3E Symposium to create more opportunities for women in advancing clean energy. As a global power leader, we have developed the cleanest and most fuel efficient engines and power generators in the world.

    Cummins employs over 54,000 innovative minds who design, develop, test, refine, service and support our technology on behalf of our customers in 190 countries. We are global citizens working in over 600 facilities around the world, 30 of which are located in the U.S. Our focus on building success in our people and communities and our commitment to an inclusive, gender-balanced workplace aligns with the C3E initiative.

    It’s important to endorse women in the area of clean energy and in technical careers to support role models, as well as motivate and inspire passionate, young minds. We support this initiative and our employees work every day around the world to do the same.

    Stated simply by our leaders:
    “Through the Cummins Foundation, internal programs and employee volunteers, we reach out to connect students to STEM activities, education and role models. Our goal is to leverage our employees’ passion and knowledge to shine a light on paths that women can take in order to positively affect our world – and empower themselves. Both making the world a better place for all.” – Jennifer Rumsey, CTO 2015

    “Character, ability, and intelligence are not concentrated on one sex over the other, nor in persons of certain accents or in certain races, or in persons holding degrees from universities over others. When we indulge ourselves in such irrational prejudices, we damage ourselves most of all and ultimately assure ourselves of failure in competition with those more open and less biased.” – J. Irwin Miller, former Chairman and CEO 1972

  3. Lockheed Martin

    Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2014 were $45.6 billion.

    Lockheed Martin takes a comprehensive approach to solving global energy and climate challenges, delivering solutions in the areas of energy efficiency, smart energy management, alternative power generation and climate monitoring. The company brings high-level capabilities in complex systems integration, project management, information technology, cyber security and advanced manufacturing techniques to help address these challenges.

    Today, Lockheed Martin is partnering with customers and investing talent in clean, secure and smart energy – enabling global security, a strong economic future and climate protection for future generations. For more information, visit lockheedmartin.com/energy.

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  4. Solar City

    SolarCity® (NASDAQ: SCTY) provides clean energy. The company has disrupted the century-old energy industry by providing renewable electricity directly to homeowners, businesses and government organizations for less than they spend on utility bills. SolarCity gives customers control of their energy costs to protect them from rising rates. The company makes solar energy easy by taking care of everything from design and permitting to monitoring and maintenance. SolarCity currently serves 18 states. Visit the company online at www.solarcity.com and follow the company on Facebook & Twitter.

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  5. Southern California Edison

    Southern California Edison (SCE) is pleased to be a participating sponsor of the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium and congratulates the winners for their impressive work. SCE is an investor-owned utility and one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a diverse population of nearly 14 million in a 50,000-square mile territory within coastal, central and southern California. The company has a long history of serving customers by safely providing reliable, affordable – and now, increasingly clean – electricity.

    SCE is working to help achieve California’s ambitious carbon reduction goals by modernizing its distribution system into an advanced and flexible system capable of two-way electrical flows to better integrate distributed energy resources – such as rooftop solar, electric vehicles and energy storage – while maintaining reliability and power quality. SCE’s vision for a 21st century power system promotes the deployment of low-carbon resources, encourages technology innovation and fosters customer choice. Grid modernizing investments represent the core of the company’s business strategy, and SCE expects the 21st century power network will create new opportunities to better serve its customers and communities.

    This is an exciting time to be in the electric power business – ripe with opportunities for growth and to provide customers with customized products and excellent service. A diverse and well-trained workforce is essential to execute SCE’s strategy and capitalize on the opportunities ahead. The company’s ability to attract and retain a diverse workforce allows it to leverage their unique experiences and better reflect the communities served. To learn more, please visit www.edisoncollegejobs.com.

    The electricity industry and customers’ needs continue to evolve, and SCE is well positioned for the future. Building the next generation power network provides the company with the opportunity to provide the vision, innovations and capital to create value for customers and SCE.

    For more information about SCE, please visit www.sce.com/corporateresponsibility.

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  6. Enerjisa

    Enerjisa is proud to support the 2015 C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium.

    Enerjisa is a leading energy company that manages a large portfolio in generation, distribution and retailing segment of Turkey’s growing electricity market. The company has an integrated structure in all stages of electricity value chain. It provides significant contributions to sustainability with its efficient and environment-friendly power plants, carbon reduction opportunities, technology and efficiency focused investments in electricity distribution. Enerjisa generates electricity for Turkey with a total installed capacity of 2,500 MW. It has a competitive and efficient portfolio in which the share of renewable energy sources is 58%. Besides this, Enerjisa serves for 9 million customers and provides distribution service to approximately 20 million users in 14 cities.

    Enerjisa strengthens its position as leader and pioneer in the Turkish electricity market by recruiting and retaining highly skilled employees and ensuring their continuous development. As Enerjisa, to increase the employment of women in this challenging sector, we strengthened our approach of gender equality by considering global norms in accordance with United Nations Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs). We surpassed our target by reaching a female workforce that constitutes around 50% of employees pursuant to our HR policies.

    We offer our special thanks to all partners of the C3E Symposium, who perform significant work on the most important issues faced by society, such as accessing clean energy resources, extending the use of alternative energy sources, and also creating more work platforms for women.

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  7. Çimsa

    Çimsa is pleased to be the participating sponsor of the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium and we congratulate the winners for their impressive work. Çimsa is an international cement and building materials company continuously growing by creating a difference in the industry with an experience of more than 40 years, broad product range, innovative employees and a human and environment conscious approach. Using the resources efficiently, recycling the wastes as energy and raw material and investing in renewable energy resources are important steps in our sustainability road map. As Çimsa we decrease the consumption of energy by the use of equipment that consumes less energy, conducting crushing, burning and grinding process optimization studies and energy recycling investments. We aim to generate 50% of the power that we consume in Mersin 1st and 2nd plants, which also brings a decrease in CO2 release, with our Çimsa Electricity Generation from Waste Gasses Project. As Çimsa we believe that diversity matters and gender mainstreaming in our sector is a key issue. With our human resources policies and social good practices, we became a role model in the cement industry in Turkey. In 2015, Çimsa received “Social Gender Equality Award in Working Life Grand Prize” by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.

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Sustaining Sponsors

  1. General Electric

    GE Ecomagination is the company’s commitment to technology solutions that save money and reduce environmental impact for its customers and GE’s own operations. Since launch in 2005 Ecomagination has invested $15 billion in R&D and generated more than $200B in revenue. GE’s operations have seen a 31 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since 2004 and a 42 percent reduction in freshwater use since 2006, realizing more than $300M in savings.

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  2. Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

    The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is a publicly-funded agency dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in Massachusetts—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. MassCEC provides early-stage investments to startup companies, funds renewable energy rebates for residents and businesses and supports the development of a local clean energy workforce. Since its inception in 2009, MassCEC has helped clean energy companies grow, supported municipal clean energy projects and invested in residential and commercial renewable energy installations creating a robust marketplace for innovative clean technology companies and service providers.

    Visit MassCEC online

  3. Alliance for Sustainable Energy

    Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC manages and operates the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, under an ongoing contract with the Department of Energy. Ownership of the limited liability company is shared equally by Battelle Memorial Institute and MRIGlobal, and members of its board of directors come from the two nonprofit organizations and from five Colorado universities. The Alliance, which was formed in 2008, is fully accountable to the Department of Energy for the performance of NREL as the laboratory pursues its mission of developing and refining renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Alliance acts as a strategic partner for the planning and development of projects undertaken at NREL, develops the vision to help achieve the lab’s goals, and provides leadership and management for NREL. The director and CEO of NREL, Dan Arvizu, serves as president of the Alliance and as an executive vice president with MRIGlobal.

    Visit Alliance for Sustainable Energy online

  4. Walmart

    “Save money. Live better.” Sam Walton created Walmart to bring affordable household products to people in small towns. He put the customer first, and he created a strong company with dedicated associates and deeply held values of service, excellence, respect for the individual and integrity.

    More than 50 years later, hundreds of millions of customers in 27 countries around the world trust Walmart to bring them food, apparel, household goods and other general merchandise at an everyday low price – not just through stores, but through e-commerce – anywhere, anytime. Along the way, Walmart has grown into the World’s largest retailer. We have store in 10,000 communities, employing more than 2.2 million associates and thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people.

    Because of our heritage, we seek to use our scale and capabilities to help others – not only customers and Walmart stakeholders, but also society at large. We accomplish this through our focus on opportunity, sustainability and community.

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Supporting Sponsors

  1. The Brattle Group

    The Brattle Group analyzes complex economic, finance, and regulatory questions for corporations, law firms, and governments around the world. We are distinguished by the clarity of our insights and the credibility of our experts, which include leading international academics and industry specialists. For more information, please visit brattle.com.

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  2. Florida Power and Light

    Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the US, serving 4.8 million customer accounts with a residential customer bill 30 percent lower than the national average and service reliability better than 99.98 percent. FPL’s highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide.

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  3. Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.

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The Graduate Student Poster Competition is sponsored by Cummins Inc.

The Graduate Student Poster Competition is sponsored by Cummins Inc.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 C3E Poster Competition!

  1. Rose Sobel, University of Houston – GeoThermH2O: Producing Water from Produced Water
  2. Emily Beagle, University of Wyoming – Co-firing of Beetle Kill Biomass in Existing Coal Fired Power Plants in the Western United States
  3. Sunav Shrestha, University of South Dakota – Solar Energy Conversion of Waste Water into Hydrogen as a Renewable Fuel

Graduate Poster Presenters

  1. Price Discovery in Dynamic Power Markets With Low Voltage Distribution Network Participants – Elli Ntakou, Boston University
  2. Co-firing of Beetle Kill Biomass in Existing Coal Fired Power Plants in the Western United States – Emily Beagle, University of Wyoming
  3. Mobile Electric Energy Generator Based on Nanofluidics – Guang Chen, University of Maryland
  4. Future of Electric Cars: High Energy Density Magnesium/Oxygen Batteries – Gulin Vardar, University of Michigan
  5. Cross-Industry Technology Transfer: Application of Hydraulic Fracturing for Enhanced Geothermal Systems – Jenna McGrath, Georgia Institute of Technology
  6. Pyrolytic Treatment of Soil for Remediation of Heavy Hydrocarbons and Fertility Enhancement – Julia Vidonish, Rice University
  7. Heat Transfer Phenomenology in Carbon-Free Advanced Nuclear Reactor Cores Cooled by Fluoride-Salts – Lakshana Huddar, University of California, Berkeley
  8. Extraction of Uranium from Seawater: Design and Testing of a Symbiotic System – Maha Haj, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  9. GeoThermH2O: Producing Water from Produced Water – Rose Sobel, University of Houston
  10. Solar Energy Conversion of Waste Water into Hydrogen as a Renewable Fuel – Sunav Shrestha, University of South Dakota

Undergraduate Lightning Presenters

  1. Metabolic Engineering for Optimized 4-Methyl-Pentanol Synthesis – Reva Butensky, MIT
  2. Effectively Transparent Front Contacts for Solar Cells – Aleca Borsuk, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  3. Verifying Tritium Release Models – Anastasia Korolov, Tufts University
  4. Methane Inhibition from Anaerobic Digestion to Microbial Fuel Cells – Ayella Maile-Moskowitz, University of Maryland, College Park
  5. Renewable Energy from Ocean Currents: Assessing the Energy in the Gulf Stream – Isabella Pinos, Florida Atlantic University
  6. Magnetics for High-Frequency Power Converters – Julia Belk, MIT
  7. Oxygen Reduction Reaction with Manganese (III) Hangman Porphyrin – Mengting Qiu, Harvard College
  8. Degradation of Polyethylene Under Accelerated Conditions – Olga Eliseeva, Case Western Reserve University
  9. Understanding the Luminescent Properties of Lanthanide Metal Coordination Polymers for the Development of Tough Underwater Coatings – Caroline Liu, MIT