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Former NSF sustainability director to speak at KU Energy Conference

Thu, 04/11/2013

LAWRENCE — The challenges posed by the changing dynamics in the energy industry will be among the highlights of the third annual University of Kansas Energy Conference, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25 at the Oread Hotel, 1200 Oread Ave.

KU Energy Club, which organizes the event, plans to bring together a diverse group of top energy industry executives, entrepreneurs, investors and innovators who will share their outlook on energy strategies and solutions that can shape their respective industries. Two panel discussions are planned. One will focus on innovation in energy; the other on the water/energy nexus. The keynote address will come from Greg Rorrer, a professor of chemical engineering at Oregon State University and former director of sustainability for the National Science Foundation.

“This conference will feature global leaders in the energy industry and will help provide insight to how we can solve our energy challenges,” said David Gelvin, a KU Energy Club member and freshman double majoring in mechanical engineering and business. “It’s an outstanding opportunity for students and the public to learn more about this critical issue and work toward a common solution.”

ONEOK and Black & Veatch are among the sponsors for the conference. It is free for KU students, but registration is required. The deadline is Thursday, April 18. To register, or for more information on the energy conference and the KU Energy Club, visit their website.  The cost to attend for community members or those from industry is $50. 

 

 



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