On the eve of the Berkeley Energy Symposium, I want to highlight the resources available at Haas for students interested in the energy industry and clean technology. This is a field of ballooning interest here at Haas, driven by the tremendous amount of energy-related research taking place at Berkeley and around the Bay Area. Although energy is a topic of interest that touches numerous graduate programs, many of Berkeley's most active energy organizations have grown under the leadership of Haas students and faculty.
To highlight a few:
EI@Haas is a joint venture of the Haas School of Business and the UC Energy Institute that promotes the development of business and policy leaders within the energy industry. Both EI@Haas and the UC Energy Institute are headed by Haas professor Severin Borenstein, who has been a pioneer of of energy at Berkeley. EI@Haas organizes courses, publishes academic research and hosts special events throughout the year.
BERC is one of the largest student-run organizations on campus, claiming over 2,300 members. Although BERC was founded at Haas, it has since grown to include students from over 10 different graduate programs. BERC is a not just a centralized academic resource, it's become a social community and a powerful professional network.
Most notably, BERC organizes the annual Energy Symposium. This year's symposium will be held Wednesday, March 3 and Thursday, March 4th, featuring keynote speakers Bill Weihl, Google's Green Energy Czar, John Bryson, Former CEO of Edison International and Co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Philip D. Moeller, Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The theme of this year's Symposium is "2020: Envisioning the Future of Global Energy."
C2M is a popular experiential learning course at Haas, which pairs cross-disciplinary student teams with scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to bring clean energy inventions to market. C2M is co-directed by Beverly Alexander and Cyrus Wadia, and was founded as a joint initiative of LBNL and BERC. This spring, C2M projects are focused on solar, battery, smart grid and biofuel technologies.
Idea Labs, Energy Competitions & Haas@Work
Haas students participate in numerous energy-related Idea Labs, case competitions and consulting projects. Of recent interest: this Friday, Haas will host the 2010 semi-final rounds for the International Renewable Energy Case Competition, sponsored by Investors Beyond Borders.
Although this is certainly not a comprehensive list, I hope this gives you a better understanding of the opportunities at Haas for students interested in clean tech and energy. Power on!