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Energy conference to cover American energy independence

Tue, 04/01/2014

LAWRENCE — Top academic minds and key leaders in industry will converge on the University of Kansas campus next month to discuss the latest trends, innovations and ongoing challenges in energy in Kansas and beyond.

The KU Energy Club's fourth annual KU Energy Conference is set for 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the Kansas Union Ballroom. Registration is free for students using the student code “kuec123” and is required for the free lunch.

“By bringing together a great mix of energy producers, policy makers, educators and innovators, this conference provides an outstanding opportunity to expand knowledge and explore new ideas,” said Keaton Arnold, a sophomore in civil engineering and vice president of the KU Energy Club.

The main focus of the conference is on how to attain and grow energy independence in the United States. The keynote address will be delivered by Jay Hakes, who provided guidance on energy issues for the Carter, Clinton and Obama administrations and is author of "A Declaration of Energy Independence." 

Hakes will also participate in the first of three panel discussions planned for the day.

Other panelists include State Rep. Dennis Hedke, a Republican member of the Kansas House who represents the 99th District, and Gene Tunison, a retired executive from ExxonMobil. Full details on the panel discussions and those participating, as well as the student research symposium, can be found here

“This entire day is a great way for students to expand their horizons and experience lessons outside of class. Students are encouraged to come in between classes throughout the day if they can’t attend the entire conference,” Arnold said. “With such a wide variety of energy experts on hand, it’s also a great way to network and truly connect with people in the industry.”

At the conclusion of the conference, a reception is planned for 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Adams Alumni Center. 



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