Public Agenda:

To view individual abstracts for presentations, workshops, and posters, click here.

Tuesday and Wednesday January 23-24: NCSE 18th Annual National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: The Science, Business, and Education of Sustainable Infrastructure: Building Reslience in a Changing World

Thursday January 25, 2018: 3rd National Energy Education Summit: Education for Resilient Energy Systems

Draft Agenda:

8:45 Morning plenary – Introductions and framing of the Summit – CEREL President, Tom Richard, Director, Institute for Energy and Environment, Penn State University and Michelle Wyman, Executive Director, National Council for Science and the Environment. 

Hundreds of new energy education courses, certificates and degrees have been developed over the last 10 years. It is the focus of this Summit to extract lessons learned, challenges to be addressed and new tools for solutions. Because many educators are isolated from each other, the Summit is an opportunity to share and build an ongoing community of practice.


9:15 Plenary Discussion: The Future of Energy: Projections and Perspectives on Energy Supply and Demand, Implications for Education and the Workforce

Moderator: April Salas – Executive Director, Revers Center for Energy – Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Sam Baldwin, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy.

Jonathon E. Monken , Senior Director, System Resiliency and Strategic Coordination in the ITS Division of PJM Interconnection.

Janet Peace, Senior Vice President, Policy and Business Strategy, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.

10:15 Plenary discussion: Education for Resilient Energy Systems: preparing the workforce for today and tomorrow. Discussion involving employers from different industry types and sectors with university program leaders and analysts on the topic. What are employers looking for with respect to skill sets and abilities? How do interdisciplinary skills connect with technical skills? What innovative approaches are universities and colleges using to educate their students? How do academic programs and employer needs connect? How can academia and business work together to advance diversity and inclusiveness?

Moderator: Tom Richard, Director, Institute for Energy and Environment, Penn State University.


11:15 – 11:30 break


11:30 Session 1: Table Top Discussions: An Opportunity for Individual and Small Group Conversations with Speakers. Speakers from the two plenaries and other invited energy experts will sit at tables. Conference participants are invited to move around tables for individual or small group conversations with speakers. 


  • Sam Baldwin, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Jonathon E. Monken, Senior Director, System Resiliency and Strategic Coordination in the ITS Division of PJM Interconnection
  • Janet Peace, Senior Vice President, Policy and Business Strategy, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
  • April M. Salas, Executive Director, Revers Center for Energy, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
  •  Scott Sklar, President, The Stella Group.
  • Dr. Roger H. Bezdek, President, Management Information Services, Inc. 
  • Ann Randazzo, Executive Director, Center for Energy Workforce Development.
  • Eric R. Coffman, Chief – Office of Energy and Sustainability, Department of Geological Services – Montgomery County, MD.
  • Erika Symmonds, Director, Workforce Development, Grid Alternatives.
  • Sudeep Vyapari, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Association of Controls   Professionals.
  • Brian Lovell, Association of Controls Professionals.

Questions to be considered in the presentations and discussion include:

What is the hiring profile of the employers in terms of technical and non-technical workers, degree levels and majors?

What are the most important qualifications and skills that employers are looking for in new hires?

How does engineering education need to change to meet needs for energy careers of the future?

How well are community colleges, colleges and universities doing in preparing the workforce employers need?

What kinds of connections and associations exist between employers and community colleges, colleges or universities? How well are these connections working?

What else is needed to improve the connections between academic institutions and employers?

Should NCSE and CEREL be facilitating further discussions between employers and leaders of community college, college or university energy programs?


12:30 Networking Lunch (can continue in breakout sessions or mix up as desired) and Poster Session:


2:00 Session 2: Symposia, Skill building Workshops – Topics in Energy Education (concurrent sessions) See below for topics; talks selected from applications submitted by attendees (all abstracts received are listed below)

a. Energy and Choices – topical discussion; organized by John H Perkins, PhD, The Evergreen State College. 

  • Choices at an Institutional Level – Cathy Middlecamp, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison.
  • Choices and Nuclear Technologies – Sharlissa Moore, Ph.D., Michigan State University.
  • Choices at the Policy Level – Mr. Adam L. Reed, Esq., University of Colorado – Boulder.

b. Exploring the Power Grid: Developing Materials for K-12 Students – topical discussion; organized by Michael Arquin, KidWind Project.

c. Energy Degree Programs, Minors and Concentrations

  • Moderator: Scott Williams, Wisconsin Energy Institute, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Bachelor of Science in Energy Engineering (BSEEN), Ali Razban, Ph.D., IUPUI.
  • Sustaining Graduate Education Programs for Energy Business Professionals, Timothy Coburn, Ph.D., University of Tulsa.
  • Energy Education Programs at US Colleges and Universities, David Blockstein, Ph.D., National Council for Science and the Environment and Shirley Vincent,  Principal and Owner, Vincent Evaluation Consulting, LLC.

d. Connections between with Energy Education and Energy Practices on Campus and in Local Communities

  • Moderator: Sudeep Vyapari, Ph.D., Executive Vice-President, Association of Controls Professionals.
  • Leveraging Onsite Solar to Boost Student Achievement in and Outside of the Classroom at the University of Richmond, Rob Andrejewski, Ph,D., Director of Sustainability, University of Richmond and Anthony Smith, Ph.D., President and CEO, Secure Futures.
  • “Power Dialog” As an Annual Student-Lead Public Even in an Undergrad “Energy, Culture, Society” Course, Kathryn A. Milun, Ph.D., U.Minnesota, Duluth.
  • Participatory Learning Through the Race to Zero Competition, Chris Hazel, Energy Efficient Housing Research Group.
  • Integrative, Immersive Energy Education – A directed collaborative, Brian Lovell, Association of Controls Professionals.

e. Introductory Energy Education: Energy 101 and General Education

  • The Comparative Energy Project: A visual and interactive educational tool for comparing energy sources, Bhawani Venkataraman, Eugene Lang College, The New School.
  • Introducing energy and environmental concepts in their mutual context and the context of place: Energy literacy in college, Christopher Coughenour, Pittsburgh, Johnstown.
  • Inspiring Future Leaders in Energy Education and Research: Regional to Global Scale, Pankaj Sharma, Dr., Ph.D., MBA, Purdue and National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan.
  • Teaching Energy Engineering Content to Non-Engineering Undergraduates, Joel N. Swisher, Ph.D., PE, Western Washington University.
  • Energy as an organizing principle for science learning across the disciplines, Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, American Modeling Teachers Association

3:45 Session 3:  Topics in Energy Education (concurrent sessions)

a. World Energy Simulation – Facilitator Training – workshop; Michele Putko, PhD., UMass Lowell.

b. Defining Resilience and Sustainability in an Energy Context

  • Moderator: Adam L. Reed, Esq. University of Colorado – Boulder.
  • Empowering Energy-Water Nexus Resilience: Experiential Learning to Address Urban Hydroelectric Micro-turbine Barriers, Jennifer Sklarew, Ph.D., George Mason University.
  • Adapting authentic sustainability research into projects appropriate for K12 classrooms, Matthew Johnson, Ph.D., Penn State.
  • Removing the Barriers to Energy Education and Implementation: Essential Actions, Debra Rowe, Ph.D., Oakland Community College

c. K-12 Energy Education Symposium

  • National Energy Literacy Survey, Elissa Richards, National Energy Foundation (Moderator).
  • Plasma in Energy Education in Florida Science Standards, David Kumar, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University.
  • Wind Energy Education for K-College, Michael Arquin, Ph.D., Founder/Director, KidWind Project.
  • The Role of Art and STEAM in Energy Education, Jonee Kulman Brigham, Institute on the Environment , University of Minnesota
  • Using the CLEAN educational resource collection for building three-dimensional lessons to teach the climate system, Frank Niepold, Climate Education Coordinator, Senior Climate Education Program Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

d. Diversity: Advancing Diversity in the Sustainable Energy Field – workshop;

  • Felicia Davis, Clark Atlanta University and Project InTeGRATE, and Richard S. Gragg, Ph.D., Florida A&M University.


5:15 p.m. Adjourn