PRESS RELEASE August 18, 2009
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 IEEE Denver Section: COLORADO ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: A Workshop on Opportunities
COLORADO ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: A Workshop on Opportunities IEEE is sponsoring a fall conference on the economic and employment growth areas surrounding alternative energy and the new energy economy.  A distinguished group of speakers will present information on how their business, government,
  and educational institutions are pursuing and promoting alternative energy and related industries as part of an overall economic growth area for Colorado. Individuals interested in becoming part of the economic expansion of the energy, smart-grid, and alternative energy industries are encouraged to attend.  In addition, we are looking to have industry representatives participate in the event to describe their needs for technology, infrastructure, and human resources are expected to grow over the next two years. Whether you are a prospective entrepreneur, employee, educational facility, employer, or government organization, this workshop is intended to help everybody understand what the needs are, where the training is, and what opportunities a! re today and will be over the next two years. *** TIME AND PLACE ***
Saturday, August 29th, 8am to 1pm
Wolf Law Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder *** REGISTRATION NOW OPEN ***
If you have not already registered, you may do so at the following link: http://guest.cvent.com/i.aspx?4W,M3,9f512131-dd31-4d37-bc1a-50bc5c84854a   Registration Fees
(as of August 17, 2009)
$17 - regular online registration for members
$25 - regular online registration for non-members $30 - registration at the door (all)
$5 - students.   SPACE IS LIMITED
Skills Needs The Workshop on Opportunities is more than just listening to speakers.  It about making connections and additing to your skills.  This workship will have attendees from numerous enducational instituions available to answer questions about programs and courses they offer to help prospective employees enhance their skills so they are more aligned with the needs of the new energy economy.   SPEAKERS   IEEE Denver is pleased to introduce the following five speakers for our Workshop: *** Sunil Cherian, Ph.D *** Dr. Cherian will be kicking-off the workshop describing the "Need for a Talent" and briefly describe the results from a survey taken during a recent Alternative Energy Workship in Ft. Collins. Dr. Sunil Cherian is the founder and CEO of Spirae, Inc.
based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Spirae develops advanced solutions for Smart Grid design and operations, and renewable and distributed energy applications. Spirae also owns and operates the InteGrid Test and Development Laboratory jointly with Colorado State University. Dr.
Cherian serves on the Boards of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Alliance and the Northern Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and is an active participant in various clean energy initiatives in the region. Dr. Cherian has extensive experience in distributed energy applications including Smart Grid technologies; renewables integration within distribution networks; aggregating loads and distributed generation for grid applications; and developing service delivery infrastructures for Energy Service Providers. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and workshops and was actively involved in the creation of the GridWise Alliance that promotes the adoption of innovative IT solutions for the transformation of the electric power system. Prior to Spirae, Dr. Cherian founded Sixth Dimension, Inc.
for providing networking technologies for the energy industry and served as its CEO from 1997 until 2002. Prior to his entrepreneurial activities, Dr. Cherian served as Acting Director for the Colorado Manufacturing Extension Center and as Product Realization specialist for the Mid America Manufacturing Extension Center at Colorado State University. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University specializing in intelligent controls and robotics. He has over twenty publications in journals, conference and workshop proceedings, and has authored book chapters on software agent technologies and distributed generation.   *** Stephen Lawrence ***   PRESENTATION:  RETool for Jobs in Renewable Energy   As renewable energy businesses flourish and proliferate, there is increasing demand for talented and experienced management and technical professionals. This talk will focus on the knowledge and skills needed to break into renewable energy.  We will discuss which of your existing skills and talents will be most valuable to renewable energy businesses, and what new background and knowledge you may wish to acquire to better make the jump to a career in renewables.  At the end of the talk, you will have a roadmap to guide you in retooling to join the 21st century explosion of renewable energy. Stephen Lawrence is the Academic Director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship and the Chair of the Management & Entrepreneurship Division in the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado - Boulder. Steve currently teaches courses in sustainable venturing and alternative energy technologies, and has been the recipient of a number of teaching awards over the years.
His research interests include evaluating the financial and environmental impacts of smart grids, the economic impacts of energy storage, and energy strategies for energy-intensive businesses. Stephen holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in business from Carnegie-Mellon. *** David Hiller *** PRESENTATION:  Colorado's Renewable Energy Collaboratory   A few years ago, Colorado aspired to become a leader in the renewable energy sector.  Today, Colorado is recognized around the nation and around the world as a research, manufacturing and deployment leader in renewable energy technologies.  However, there are many challenges and much work to do if we are to maintain and build upon this progress.  David will discuss what is happening in the renewable energy industry sector in Colorado, why it is happening here and what areas show promise as economic drivers in the coming years. David Hiller is the Executive Director of the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory, a research consortium of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder.  The Collaboratory works with other public and private partners to accomplish three goals:  (1)
  to develop and rapidly commercialize renewable energy technologies, (2) to build a renewable energy economy for Colorado and the nation, and (3) to teach the next generation of scientists and engineers and to train the renewable energy workforce. Before joining the Collaboratory, David served as State Issues Counsel for U.S. Senator Ken Salazar.  In that position, David served as both a policy advisor and a representative for the Senator on natural resources, public lands and environmental issues, with special emphasis on renewable energy.   Among other duties, David was one of the coordinators of Senator Salazar's 2006 and
2007 renewable energy summits.  David also served as the Policy Director on Senator Salazar's 2004 campaign. David has a law degree from the University of Michigan.
After law school, David practiced for one year in the Solicitor's Office of the U.S. Department of the Interior and for 23 years in Denver, Colorado.   *** David Mulder ***   PRESENTATION:  The Smart Grid:  Today's Accomplishments and Tomorrow's Potential   One of the hottest and most recognized terms in the electric utility lexicon today is "smart grid".   Yet the concept - and underlying technologies - is nascent to the industry.  The discussion today will provide an overview and definition of the smart grid, and highlight activities and accomplishments that have occurred over the last couple of years.  However, these accomplishments are merely the tip of the iceberg of potential value that an integrated smart grid can bring to the electric industry and the economy.  This discussion will explore the myriad of opportunities that could occur with the evolution and implementation of smart grids - from the integration of renewables. PHEVs and demand response (DR) to distribution grid system optimization.  Finally, the electric industry is poised to receive significant stimulus funding for smart grid investments.  The discussion will include an update of the stimulus application process. Dave Mulder is Director, Green Grid Initiatives in Capgemini's North American Smart Grid Practice. Dave's focus is the development of research, analysis and implementation strategies for the impact of renewables and demand response devices on the utility's smart grid. Previously, Dave was the Vice President, Utility Solutions Delivery with CURRENT Group, LLC. He is responsible for ongoing product and technical support for CURRENT's global customer base. His team's responsibilities include new smart grid product rollout and support, customer requirements and solutions development, and ongoing field support. Dave also was Vice President, Product Management with CURRENT, where he was responsible for managing the company's product development and management process. Prior to Current, Dave was Director of Venture Development and Integration, and one of the founding team members at Cinergy Ventures, LLC, a corporate venture capital firm managing $190 million in investments. His responsibilities included strategic review of new investment opportunities and integration of investments into Cinergy Corp's business units and subsidiaries. Dave has also held management positions in strategic planning, product development, marketing and business development. Dave holds a BA in Economics, Magna Cum Laude from Beloit College and a MBA from the University of Wisconsin.   *** Kent Dickson ***   PRESENTATION:  The Consumer Side of the Smart Grid - Residential Energy Management Systems   How do consumers get value from the Smart Grid?  The arrival of two way communications facilities within the grid + low cost, energy aware devices for the home have created an avenue for consumers to become actively involved in solving the Energy Crisis.  We'll give an overview of the technologies involved and demonstrate how products such as Tendril's help make consumers and their homes smarter. As Vice President of Engineering of Tendril, Inc., Kent brings more than 17 years of engineering experience to Tendril, where he leads the product architecture, development, quality, and on-demand infrastructure efforts. Most recently Kent was Vice President of Engineering at BEA Systems Inc., where he held a number of roles managing day-to-day operations for some of BEA's key product platforms. Kent's prior experience includes work as Engineering Manager for Avitek, a start-up Enterprise Java company, Senior Architect and Project Manager for BDM International Inc and Designer and Junior Architect for Ball Aerospace (a division of Ball Corporation, Inc.). Kent holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an M.B.A.
in Organizational Management from the University of Colorado, Boulder.   *** Jeff Lyng ***   PRESENTATION:  An Overview of Colorado's New Energy Economy   This presentation is intended to be an overview of Colorado's New Energy Economy starting with Governor Ritter's Climate Action Plan and including a summary of the Governor's Energy Office's plans to leverage American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to foster energy efficiency and renewable energy adoption. It will also include a high level overview of wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydropower project development in the State of Colorado. Jeff Lyng serves as the Renewable Energy Policy Manager at the Colorado Governor's Energy Office (GEO). At GEO he is responsible for developing state policies that promote the implementation of renewable energy in Colorado. Prior to the joining the GEO, Jeff worked as a technical consultant at Xcel Energy in the company's demand side management and solar programs. He earned his Master's degree in Energy Engineering from the University of Colorado where his graduate thesis focused on the implementation of solar energy in the production home market. While at CU Boulder, Jeff was the project manager for the winning 2005 University of Colorado Solar Decathlon Team.  Following the Solar Decathlon competition, Jeff testified before the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and was a guest at the 2006 State of the Union address. Jeff serves on the board of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and is a past board member of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society. He is the recipient of John and Barbara Yellot Award given by ASES and the Mark McCray award given by the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association.   This event is open to all IEEE members, non-members, students and the public.   Continental breakfast, breaks, and networking opportunities will be provided.

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