Former Leadership

2015-2016 Officers

Name Position Email
Maithreyi Gopalakrishnan President Maithreyi.Gopalakrishnan at Colorado.edu
Vanessa Witte Vice President at Large Vanessa.Witte at Colorado.edu
Shravan Joshi VP Events Subcommittee Shravan.Joshi at Colorado.edu
Simon Hafner VP Corporate Subcommittee A Simon.Hafner at Colorado.edu
Danielle Vitoff VP Corporate Subcommittee B Danielle.Vitoff at Colorado.edu
Caelan Morrison Treasurer Caelan.Morrison at Colorado.edu
Andres Gandara Secretary Andres.Gandara at Colorado.edu
Bernard Britt Director of Arts & Sciences Bernard.Britt at Colorado.edu
Adrian Smith Co-Director of Business A Adrian.Smith at Colorado.edu
Gregory Zavoluk Co-Director of Business B Gregory.Zavoluk at Colorado.edu
Zachariah Lakel Director of Law Zachariah.Lakel at Colorado.edu
Daniel Zalkind Director of Engineering Daniel.Zalkind at Colorado.edu
 Chuan ‘Nelson’ Khor Director of Marketing & Advertising  Chuan.Khor at Colorado.edu
 Andrew Weidner Director of Public Outreach  Andrew.Weidner at Colorado.edu


President: Maithreyi Gopalakrishnan

Maithreyi grew up in Superior, CO and is currently in her 5th year at CU Boulder. She is working towards the master’s part of a 5 year BS/MS in engineering physics with minors in electrical renewable energy systems and dance. She finished her bachelor’s degree with summa cum laude honors and a leadership certificate through the President’s Leadership Class.

Her current research is with the Kapteyn-Murnane group in JILA Physics studying applications of high harmonic generation from ultrafast lasers. Her past internships include: summer 2015 studying magnetometry at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, summer 2013 at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University developing motorized mirror mounts for laser beam stabilization, and summer 2012 in the electrical engineering department at CU constructing a prototype of a solar powered cycle rickshaw.

When not doing school or research, Maithreyi is usually working on her startup company, Surya Conversions, which constructs hybrid conversion kits for auto rickshaws in India and other countries across the world. She is extremely passionate about bringing clean energy technology to developing countries. In her free time, she likes to dance, hike, climb, snowboard, watch NFL football, and spend time with friends and family. She is super excited to get to know all of the Energy Club members and take CU Energy to the next level this year!


Vice President at Large: Vanessa Witte
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I am currently a Senior Undergraduate in Chemical Engineering. I enjoy research, so when I transferred to CU I began working on a project in the Kaar lab with a UROP grant. I have since transitioned to the Weimer lab where I was a DLA student last year and will work on my Senior Thesis with the lab this year. My project involves materials testing in a solar thermal reactor for clean Hydrogen fuel generation.

I am a non-traditional student in that I am going back to college to obtain my B.S after 11+ years in the workforce. When I decided a few years ago to complete my degree, I chose Chemical Engineering so I could gain knowledge in a broad engineering discipline that allows for a career working to improve the environment and alternative energy sources. I love being a part of the Energy Club and have gained valuable knowledge in the last year and a half into the Energy Industry through the monthly meetings, networking opportunities, and being an Officer. I hope to bring my business experience and skills to my position as Vice President.

In my free time I’m training for a mountain ultra race, organize a women’s running group on meetup.com, and *love* hiking any one, or all three, of the Boulder peaks (SoBo, Bear, and Green). Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn.

VP Events Subcommittee: Shravan Joshi
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I was born and raised in New York and first came to Colorado as a freshman interested in pursuing a career in Energy Research and Development. Through my years here at CU, and through clubs like the CU Energy Club and Engineers Without Borders, I decided to switch paths and pursue a career in Sustainable Community Development. I am currently a Senior in Environmental Engineering, and have always been interested in energy, having worked as PV installer and energy consultant. I am currently working on a project through Engineers Without Borders to bring sustainable building designs and technology to Nepal after their recent earthquake in April. I have a passion for assisting those in need, and wish to help communities develop through sustainable practices and technologies.


VP Corporate Outreach A: Simon Hafner
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Beginning my undergraduate career at CU in 2014, I jumped head first into all the Energy Club had to offer. I found myself wanting to attribute more, and after my first semester in the club, I ran for Vice President of Corporate Outreach. As the 2015-2016 VP, I hope to build new relationships and strengthen existing ones with a broad spectrum of companies. It is my goal for the club and its members to connect with professionals in industry and form ties that benefit all parties.

I personally study mechanical engineering, and I am very passionate about energy efficiency and the environment.


VP Corporate Outreach B: Danielle Vitoff


Treasurer: Caelan Morrison
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My name is Caelan Morrison and I am a senior in Engineering Physics. For as long as I can remember I have always loved the outdoors and all the beauty that it offers. The only way that nature will stay as pristine as it is today is for our society to move away from fossil fuels such as oil and instead invest in renewable energies such as solar and wind energy. The CU Energy club has provided me the perfect opportunity to help make this happen. Our monthly meetings and occasional trips to energy facilities are a great way to find out about all the progress being made towards going green.


Secretary: Andres Gandara

I’m a junior studying Chemical Engineering and Business. I joined the CU Energy Club because I wanted to be part of an organization that dealt with “real life” engineering issues while also working on my networking skills. As the secretary of the club I will do my best to be the liaison between the members and management. I hope that this year more and more people become interested in all the awesome events, trips, etc. the club offers and we can all become more aware of the global energy situation.

As the majority of people in this awesome state I love hiking and mountain biking during the summer and snowboarding during the winter. I also play soccer, basketball and swim.


Director of Arts and Sciences: Bernard Britt
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My name is Bernard Britt and I’m a senior in chemical engineering at CU Boulder. I’ve done research that focused on particle technology and the use of fluidized beds in industry. I’ve been in the CU Energy Club for a couple years now and have learned a lot about the industry from monthly meetings to the special events we host and am happy to join as an officer.

I enjoy trail running, camping, biking, and all the outdoors that CO has to offer.


Co-Director of Business A: Adrian Smith
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I grew up in North Carolina where I attended Warren Wilson College for undergrad. I studied Environmental Studies, focusing in sustainable agriculture. I developed a passion for renewable energy and energy efficiency during my time there. I led a student crew in performing energy audits for campus buildings, I performed an in-lab research project measuring the efficiency of thermo-electric generator coupled photovoltaics that I built, I studied renewables in Iceland and Denmark, and I completed an internship at the City of Asheville Sustainability Office, mainly doing energy audits for municipal buildings.
After running a landscape design/build company for the past four years I started my MBA at Leeds School of Business here at CU Boulder.


Co-Director of Business B: Gregory Zavoluk
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I hail from the Northeast- born and raised in Connecticut, did my undergrad (in Economics and Environmental Studies) at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, and for the last few years I’ve lived and worked in Manhattan. I was working as paralegal and I got as far as taking the LSATs before I decided I didn’t want to be a lawyer, and headed west for Business School instead.
I’ve been interested in environmentalism and the energy industry in particular since Highschool. I read everything I can get my hands on, and I’ve developed an great breadth of knowledge touching on a variety of subjects, which I’m always happy to talk about with anyone.


Director of Law: Zachariah Lakel

I am pursuing a BS in electrical engineering.  Prior to coming to CU Boulder, I obtained a BA in economics from Dartmouth College and a JD from NYU.  I am admitted as an attorney in New York, New Jersey and Colorado.  From 2009 to 2013, I practiced corporate law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP in New York City where my work largely concerned the purchase and sale of electric utilities and power plants.  In the course of that practice, I was involved in all aspects of energy acquisition transactions, from due diligence through drafting and negotiating the sale agreement to the closing of the transaction, and was responsible for coordinating a team of lawyers and interfacing that team with the client’s legal, business and engineering teams.  Now, I seek to gain the engineering skill set to complement my legal understanding of the electric utility industry.


Director of Engineering: Daniel Zalkind
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I am a 2nd year Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering and the next Director of Engineering for the CU Energy Club. Over the past year, I’ve learned what a wonderful organization the CU Energy Club is and look forward to contributing more over the next year.

Before joining CU last fall, I received my BS and MS degrees from Drexel University, where I studied communication and networking systems. My primary motivation for moving to Colorado was an opportunity to conduct research on control systems for wind turbines. Besides wind power I’m enthusiastic about Smart Grid applications, where grid components communicate and share information to improve efficiency, reliability and sustainability.

As Director of Engineering, I hope to share this enthusiasm and hear from members. I love talking about what interests people in energy and science in general, and I’m always open to offering help and advice whenever I can.

I spend most of my free time learning how to Colorado: so hiking, biking (don’t worry, I already knew how to do this), frisbee, and some skiing and climbing.


Director of Marketing & Advertising: Chuan ‘Nelson’ Khor
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I’m a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Computer Science and Economics here at University of Colorado – Boulder. I’m passionate about solar energy technology, programming, and robotics. I always approaches problems and challenges with the eagerness and dedication to solve them. I like to consider myself as a motivated student who continuously strive to learn and innovate. As the director of Marketing for this academic year, I will utilized my marketing skills to promote CU Energy Club and keep the members updated on the latest events and opportunities that the club has to offer.
Here is my LinkedIn Profile.


Director of Public Outreach: Andrew WeidnerAndrew

My name is Andrew Weidner, and I am a senior undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Applied Math. I have worked as an undergraduate research assistant and a Discovery Learning Apprentice in the Andrew Goodwin lab over the past year; I will continue to do research on “smart” materials and mechanochemistry in the same lab as a senior thesis student. This school year, I will be representing the CU Energy Club as the Director of Public Outreach. I am excited to learn more about industry and research opportunities in the energy field and share them with other club members. In doing so, I hope to connect industry and research leaders with my fellow aspiring energy innovators!

In my free time, I like to hike and bike in and around Boulder. I also am a beginner weightlifter and enjoy spending time and gaming with friends.

 

2014-2015 Officers

Name Position Email
Jacob Aho President Jacob.Aho at Colorado.edu
Maithreyi Gopalakrishnan Vice President at Large Maithreyi Gopalakrishnan at Colorado.edu
Kristen Brown VP Events Subcommittee Kristen.E.Brown at Colorado.edu
Tyler Evans VP Corporate Subcommittee Tyler.Evans at Colorado.edu
Olivia Carnes Treasurer Olivia.Carnes at Colorado.edu
Vanessa Witte Secretary Vanessa.Witte at Colorado.edu
Cassandra Watts Director of Arts & Sciences Cassandra.Watts at Colorado.edu
Smith Johnston Director of Business Smith Johnston at Colorado.edu
Zachariah Lakel Director of Law Zachariah Lakel at Colorado.edu
Eric Simley Director of Engineering Eric Simley at Colorado.edu
 Jacob Aho Director of Marketing & Advertising  Jacob.Aho at Colorado.edu
Director of Public Outreach
Charles Mullins ASES Representative and Liaison Charles Mullins at Colorado.edu

President: Jacob Aho

I am very excited to be the President of the CU Energy Club this year.  My goals as president are to grow our student membership and involvement, refine and strengthen our existing programs, and develop new programs that focus on student social networking and public outreach. I hope to help the club by bringing my experience as the VP at Large last year and the founding president of the University of New Hampshire Energy Club while pursuing my masters degree.  I am currently a PhD student in the Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering Department and my research focus is on developing wind turbine control systems to provide active power reliability services to the utility grid and how these services can be modeled and incorporated into the optimal scheduling and dispatch of generation resources.  In my spare time I enjoy backpacking, camping, hunting, and photography.  Connect with me on LinkedIn and feel free to check out my Research Homepage.


Vice President at Large: Maithreyi Gopalakrishnan

Maithreyi grew up in Superior, CO and is currently a junior at CU Boulder. She is working towards a BS/MS in engineering physics with minors in electrical renewable energy systems and dance, and a leadership certificate through the President’s Leadership Class.

Her current research is with the Kapteyn-Murnane group in JILA Physics studying applications of high harmonic generation from ultrafast lasers. This past summer she completed an internship at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University with a group that uses ultrafast lasers to produce high harmonics to study photochemical processes. The previous summer she worked with a professor in the electrical engineering department at CU to construct a prototype of a solar powered cycle rickshaw.

On campus, Maithreyi is also involved with several other organizations including the Engineering Leadership Program (ELP) and the CU chapter of the Optical Society of America (OSA). When she isn’t absorbed in a physics problem, she likes to dance, hike, snowboard, and watch NFL football. She is super excited about working with the Events Subcommittee to put together some great opportunities for Energy Club members this year!

VP Events Subcommittee: Kristen Brown

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I am working toward a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. I grew up in Texas and then moved across the country to get my BA in physics from Cal Berkeley. While at Berkeley, I did research in space physics before deciding I wanted to use my skills a bit closer to home. Energy tempted me with its huge impact on our lives, and I am now doing energy and air quality policy research. My research involves modeling future energy policy scenarios incorporating externality costs, so I love how interdisciplinary the energy club is. I can’t wait to take a more active role in connecting the ideas of students across campus so that we can see how the work in different departments can benefit each other. I also spend time teaching and doing outreach and love how the club connects students to the outside world, both learning from and sharing with the larger community. When I am not busy with the club or research, I am being bossed around by my corgi, Newton. You can visit my webpage or find me on LinkedIn andGoogle Scholar as well.

VP Corporate Outreach: Tyler Evans

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After finishing my B.S. at the University of Notre Dame, I returned home to Colorado to pursue a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. As a 3rd year PhD student, I work under Dr. Se-Hee Lee in the Electrochemical Energy Laboratory making Li-ion batteries with hopes that one day we will see them in every car on the road. Most of my research is conducted through a collaboration with local start-up, Boulder Ionics, developing next-generation electrolyte materials. Despite my focus on science and R&D, I enjoy being engaged in the business aspects of the energy industry. After actively participating in the Corporate Outreach Subcommittee of CU Energy for two years, I look forward to leading the group and continuing to build the club’s expansive network in the energy community.

Treasurer: Olivia Carnes

Hello, my name is Olivia and I am CU Energy Club’s treasurer for the 2014-2015 school year. I am currently a second year M.S. student in Mechanical Engineering on the Energy and Environment Track, as well as a participant in the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute’s graduate certificate program. I previously attended Tulane University for a BSE in Engineering Physics, after which I returned home to Colorado to begin work on my graduate degree here at CU. When I’m not in class or creating logos and budgets for Energy Club, I work as a part-time engineer in the water division of Tallgrass Energy. I’m excited for Energy Club’s upcoming year and hope to see many new and old faces as we kick off the new semester!

Secretary: Vanessa Witte

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I am currently a Junior Undergraduate in Chemical Engineering with a focus area in Energy & Bio-Fuels. I have been working on a project in the Kaar lab since June 2014 involving testing the stability of proteins in Ionic Liquids to use in bio-mass conversion. As well, I have a DLA with the Weimer lab involving Metal Oxide testing in a solar thermal reactor for Hydrogen fuel generation. I am a non-traditional student in that I am going back to college to obtain my B.S after 11+ years in the workforce. When I decided a few years ago to complete my degree, I chose Chemical Engineering so I could gain knowledge in a broad engineering discipline that allows for a career in R&D pertaining to the environment and alternative energy.  I love working with the Energy Club and have learned quite a bit about the Energy Industry through the Monthly meetings, networking opportunities, and being an Officer.  I hope to bring my business experience and skills to my position as Director of Communications.

In my free time I run trail and road, organize a women’s running group on meetup.com, occasionally train for a race, and *love* hiking the closest “mountains” to Boulder (Bear, Green, and S. Boulder!). Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn.

Director of Arts and Sciences: Cassandra Watts

Director of Public Outreach:


Director of Business: Smith Johnston

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I’m super excited to be the Director of Business for the CU Energy Club this year! Right now, I am pursuing a BA in aerospace engineering. I have two summers experience in the aerospace industry at Sierra Nevada working on the Dream Chaser lifting body spacecraft thermal control subsystem and crew systems group. My focus and interests have shifted from the aerospace industry to the energy industry, particularly solar energy, and sustainability practices, whether it is technology or policy. Last May 2014, I went to Hong Kong and Shenzhen China to study operations and supply chain management, which sparked my business interests. I am looking forward to engaging with the business school by promoting the Club’s activities, as well as help facilitate dialogue between engineering and business students, because we need each other more than we realize. Email or call me to chat about energy or anything! You can find me on LinkedIn too!

Director of Engineering: Eric Simley

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I am a fifth year PhD student in the Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering department. My research focuses on the design and analysis of wind turbine control systems that use preview measurements of the approaching wind to help reduce harmful structural loads. In particular, I am analyzing the effectiveness of Light Detection and Ranging (lidar) wind speed measurements for control purposes. I spent the 2013-2014 academic year visiting the Danish Technical University as a Fulbright fellow, where I conducted lidar research with the Wind Energy department. Prior to beginning my PhD, I earned my B.S. and M.S. degrees in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Colorado. My Master’s research, in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, was on the detection of acoustic noise produced by wind turbine blades. During my free time, I can be found hiking, biking, climbing, and skiing in the mountains of Colorado. I have learned a tremendous amount about energy technology and policy as a member of the CU Energy Club for the past several years. This year, I am excited to continue learning about all aspects of energy and help the Club grow by serving as the Director of Engineering.

 

Director of Law: Zachariah Lakel

I am pursuing a BS in electrical engineering.  Prior to coming to CU Boulder, I obtained a BA in economics from Dartmouth College and a JD from NYU.  I am admitted as an attorney in New York, New Jersey and Colorado.  From 2009 to 2013, I practiced corporate law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP in New York City where my work largely concerned the purchase and sale of electric utilities and power plants.  In the course of that practice, I was involved in all aspects of energy acquisition transactions, from due diligence through drafting and negotiating the sale agreement to the closing of the transaction, and was responsible for coordinating a team of lawyers and interfacing that team with the client’s legal, business and engineering teams.  Now, I seek to gain the engineering skill set to complement my legal understanding of the electric utility industry.

American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Representative and CU Energy Liaison:  Charles Mullins

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My name is Charles Mullins and I am the representative for the American Solar Energy society and liaison for the CU energy club. This is my third year at CU and I’m studying Chemical and Biological Engineering focusing on biofuels. I am excited to help students learn about solar energy through events and discussions . Also I hope to build relationships with students and energy institutes to promote learning about energy after college.

I enjoy rock climbing, playing hockey, camping, cooking, and reading. Connect with me on LinkedIn and talk to me in person, I like that.

 

2013-1014 Officers

Name Position Email
Kayla Weston President kayla.weston@colorado.edu
Jacob Aho Vice President at Large
President Elect
jacob.aho@colorado.edu
Michelle Shebowich Secretary michelle.shebowich@colorado.edu
Ryan King Treasurer ryan.n.king@colorado.edu
Joseph Nick VP Corporate Subcommittee joseph.nick@colorado.edu
Maithreyi Gopalakrishnan VP Events Subcommittee
VP at Large Elect
maithreyi.gopalakrishnan@colorado.edu
Ian Franklin Director of Engineering ian.franklin@colorado.edu
Patton Lochridge Director of Business patton.lochridge@colorado.edu
Director of Law

 

 

President. Kayla Weston

I am very excited to be the president of the CU Energy Club this year. I have been a part of this club since I was a freshman and have loved watching it grow over the past four years. It is my goal to continue on this track by working to increase membership involvement, broaden energy opportunities for students, and to encourage energy enthusiasm. The CU Energy Club has been an integral part in bridging the gap between students and the energy industry. I am lucky to be a part of helping this club continue to grow and further its impact and presence. I am committed to working towards creating these possibilities and to inspiring interest in the energy field.

I am currently a senior studying Chemical Engineering. I am passionate about energy and want to work to help develop and provide the world with sustainable, practical, and dependable energy sources. This past summer I conducted research at Sandia National Laboratories on hydrogen production for fuel and other energy applications through a two-step solar thermal water splitting cycle. I have worked in Professor Weimer’s lab since my sophomore year conducting researched on the synthesis of metal oxide materials for these solar thermal water splitting processes. If you have any questions or suggestions for the CU Energy Club, please feel free to email me.

 

Vice President at Large & President Elect. Jacob Aho

Hello, my name is Jacob Aho and I am passionate about energy and excited to be the VP at large of the CU Energy Club this year.  I hope to help the club by bringing my experience as founder and president of the University of New Hampshire Energy Club while pursuing my masters degree.  I am currently a PhD student in Electrical Engineering researching wind turbine control systems to reduce damaging loads and to control their power to provide reliability services to the utility grid.   In my spare time I enjoy backpacking, camping, hunting, and photography.  Connect with me on LinkedIn and feel free to check out my Research Homepage..

 

Secretary. Michelle Shebowich

I am a senior in Chemical and Biological Engineering with an Undergraduate Energy Certificate from RASEI. I am a strong proponent of renewable and sustainable energy practices, but I also recognize the reality that transitioning to these technologies requires an enormous amount of innovation. My goal is to start a career in the energy field when I graduate this upcoming May.

My career aspirations have led me to the CU Energy Club, but I also have experience working with many organizations on campus: the Residence Hall Association, Hillel (a Jewish organization), Society of Women Engineers, TEAMS (an engineering outreach program), and the Alternative Spring Breaks program. The CU Energy Club is a valuable networking and informational resource for students interested in the energy sector, and I hope to help them become better connected to it.

 

Treasurer. Ryan King

Ryan is a second year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering where he studies fluid dynamics and turbulence applied to the design and optimization of wind farms.  He is originally from northern California and completed a BS in Mechanical Engineering at MIT.  In 2009 he moved to Colorado to pursue joint passions in skiing and wind energy.  Before returning to graduate school he worked as an Energy Resource Engineer and Turbine Engineer at RES Americas where he was involved in the design and construction of over 750 MW of now operational wind energy.  He currently works with the Wind Energy Systems Engineering group at NREL on wind turbine drivetrain modeling and turbine layout optimization.

 

VP Corporate Subcommittee. Joseph Nick

Originally from Okmulgee, Oklahoma, I am an alumnus of the University of Oklahoma’s School of Chemical, Biological, and Materials Engineering. While earning my bachelor of science chemical engineering degree at OU I worked on the university’s biofuels research team. After summer internships at Sunoco Inc. in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and CP Kelco in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, I began work full-time as a process engineer at CP Kelco. At Kelco I worked in process safety management and operations analytics, identifying trends from one of the world’s largest biofermentation processes and implementing actionable solutions to increase plant profitability. In 2012 I moved to Boulder to start the full time MBA program at the University of Colorado. At Leeds my studies are focused on the business of renewable energy and operations management. I have worked as a Market Analyst for the CU Cleantech Market Assessment Program and  as a Research and Consulting Intern at Rocky Mountain Institute. In addition to my role as Director of Corporate Outreach for the CU Energy Club I serve as President of the University of Colorado graduate chapter of Net Impact. I will graduate in May of 2014 with Beta Gamma Sigma honors and the graduate energy certificate from the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI).  Outside of school I enjoy photography, high stakes no limit Texas Hold’em, and traveling. For more information please see my LinkedIn profile.

 

VP Events Subcommittee. Maithreyi Gopalakrishnan

Maithreyi grew up in Superior, CO and is currently a junior at CU Boulder. She is working towards a BS/MS in engineering physics with minors in electrical renewable energy systems and dance, and a leadership certificate through the President’s Leadership Class.

Her current research is with the Kapteyn-Murnane group in JILA Physics studying applications of high harmonic generation from ultrafast lasers. This past summer she completed an internship at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University with a group that uses ultrafast lasers to produce high harmonics to study photochemical processes. The previous summer she worked with a professor in the electrical engineering department at CU to construct a prototype of a solar powered cycle rickshaw.

On campus, Maithreyi is also involved with several other organizations including the Engineering Leadership Program (ELP) and the CU chapter of the Optical Society of America (OSA). When she isn’t absorbed in a physics problem, she likes to dance, hike, snowboard, and watch NFL football. She is super excited about working with the Events Subcommittee to put together some great opportunities for Energy Club members this year!

 

Director of Engineering. Ian Franklin

I am excited to be the Director of Engineering for the CU Energy Club this year.  I am a senior and am in the BS/MS program for Electrical Engineering and am working on a focus in power electronics and renewable energy.  I have had some experience in the electric utility industry, and I am interested energy efficiency technologies such as smart grids and how we can integrate these cutting edge technologies into our aging power infrastructure.  I have also been involved with other organizations including Engineers Without Borders – Nepal and TEAMS (an engineering outreach program).

The CU Energy Club is a great way for students to get connected to the energy industry, and I hope to continue to help the club grow into an immersive community interested in all aspects of energy.

 

Director of Business. Patton Lochridge

Patton is a second year MBA with a focus on Finance and Energy.  Patton has an extensive background in renewable energy and natural gas. Since 2008, he has worked with local solar Integrator Independent Power Systems,  with CU Cleantech and NREL on a collaborative Lithium Ion battery project, and with Encana Natural Gas Inc.  Patton has an extensive network of contacts ranging from owners of small “mom & pop” solar companies to executives of large oil and gas companies.  As Director of Business, Patton will proactively leverage his network and experience to bring influential speakers, plan meaningful events, and provide valuable industry insight to the CU Energy Club. Regardless of what Patton is doing, he would rather be skiing.

2012-2013

Name Position Email
Jeremy Halperin President jeremy.halperin@colorado.edu
Craig Konz Vice President craig.konz@colorado.edu
Fletcher Richman Secretary fletcher.richman@colorado.edu
Rudy Kahsar Director of Communications rudy.kashar@colorado.edu
Kayla Weston Director of Engineering kayla.weston@colorado.edu
Peter Swank Director of Business peter.swank@colorado.edu
Matt Aitken Director of Arts & Sciences matthew.aitken@colorado.edu
Jason Lord Director of Environmental Studies jason.lord@colorado.edu

President. Jeremy Halperin

Hello my name is Jeremy, and I am very excited to be the president of the CU Energy Club for a second year.  I have seen this club grow rapidly from its infancy, and I feel very lucky to be the third president of this amazing club.  It is my goal to continue this club’s growth, engage members of the club and keep providing amazing energy-related opportunities to CU students.

I am entering my fourth and final year at CU, and also my fourth year of involvement with CU Energy.  I am studying Chemical Engineering, and am also pursuing a Energy Certificate.  Last summer I worked for Encana, a natural gas company headquartered in downtown Denver.  In the past, I have done research in Rob Davis’s Lab on separating algae from water using low energy methods in order to develop a sustainable process for making biofuels from algae.  I have previously worked at Hazen Research, an engineering consulting firm, developing an extraction process for a large mining company.   If you have any questions or suggestions for CU Energy, please feel free to email me.

Vice President. Craig Konz

I am excited to be vice president of the CU Energy Club this year.  I am a second year MBA student, also in the RASEI Graduate Certificate Program.  My focus is on renewable energy economics and finance.  I currently have an internship with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, working on financial analysis and technical feasibility of large-scale renewable energy projects.  Prior to that, I spent five years in the solar power industry, working in design and sales.  During that time I earned my NABCEP certifications, as well as SunPower Advanced Solar Design certification.  I am attracted to the energy industry because I believe it is a critical piece in determining the success of our economy and our world.

I am excited to help the CU Energy Club grow to its full potential which means offering students opportunities to gain insight and expertise in current energy events.  This involvement and experience will provide students with careers that shape our future energy strategies.

Secretary. Fletcher Richman

Fletcher is going to be a Junior in Electrical Engineering this year, and also pursuing certificates in Energy and Engineering Leadership. This past summer, he worked for IBM Boulder to help maintain and develop energy infrastructure for their data centers. His jobs before that include categorizing clean tech research with the Deming Center and building a controls system in the Nanophotonics Laboratory. Recently, he has become interested in entrepreneurship and web development. Not only does he maintain this website for CU Energy, he also developed and founded www.clguide.com and is the president and web developer for www.aecuboulder.com. Get in touch with him, he tends to respond to emails way too fast.

Director of Communications. Rudy Kahsar

Rudy is a 3rd year PhD graduate student in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department where he is studying controlled selectivity of supported metal hydrogenation catalysts modified with self-assembled monolayers.  This catalysis research has applications in the petrochemical and energy industries.  In addition, he is a RASEI graduate certificate student interested in energy policy which is how he would eventually like to use his degrees.  On the side, he enjoys training and competing in triathlons, eating moose tracks ice cream, and reading The Economist.

Director of Engineering. Kayla Weston

Kayla is a junior in Chemical Engineering and is focusing on alternative fuels and renewable energy. She moved to Colorado from Southern Maine and loves the hiking, climbing, and skiing here. Currently, she is studying the Atomic Layer Deposition of high surface area metallic thin films. This research has a direct application in the production of hydrogen fuel through solar thermal water splitting. One of her goals for this year is to organize energy related events that members will be excited to get involved in. Like the rest of the club officers, she is passionate about energy and is looking forward to spreading this energy enthusiasm

Director of Business. Peter Swank

Howdy! After landing in Boulder in 2010, I entered the MBA program at CU to go along with my midwest physics undergraduate degree. My focus will be in renewable energy management and I will also be completing the RASEI graduate certificate. I am currently working at NREL in the licensing division, understanding the intersection of science, business and law of renewable energy. When I’m not overwhelmed with work, or when it’s just too nice outside, I’m in the alpine on the sharp end of the rope or half-way through an ultra wishing I trained more. I’m always ready for a good discussion about renewable energy and the start-up cleantech world. My goal for CU Energy Club is to grow the corporate connections and engage more with local energy businesses.

Director of Arts & Sciences. Matt Aitken

Matt is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Physics and the Graduate Energy Certificate Program. Before coming to Colorado, he received a B.S. in Physics from the University of North Carolina and a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University. In collaboration with NREL and NOAA, he is currently studying applications of lidar (light detection and ranging; similar to radar) to wind energy. His other energy-related activities at CU have included working as a teaching assistant for the class Energy and the Environment and co-authoring a report on energy storage technologies for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

Director of Environmental Studies. Jason Lord

Jason is a senior studying Biochemistry and Environmental Studies. In addition, he is pursuing a Chemistry minor as well as an Energy Certificate. Within the Energy Club his primary responsibilities are running the mentorship program, which connects students with professionals, as well as recruiting new members to the club. Jason hopes to get more people interested in energy and to educate them about it. Outside of the Energy Club, Jason holds a leadership position in Student Ambassadors. He also stays active in many other campus clubs and activities throughout campus.

2010-2011

  • Scot Woolley, President
Scot Woolley graduated from CU in 2011 with a double-major in Environmental Policy and Mandarin Chinese.  Scot was a founding member of CU Energy Club (CUE) and acted as the Undergraduate Representative in their first year–expanding the scope of CUE and gaining traction in the campus community.  Scot was elected as the CUE President in his senior year and helped bolster the club on campus by partnering with like-minded stakeholders, organizations and institutions in Colorado.
During his time at CU, Scot helped develop a program called SCORE that gives free energy audits to student renters and helps address the issues associated with the split incentive.  He also worked closely with the CU Environmental Center to design and implement energy outreach and education campaigns on campus.
Scot has a passion for interdisciplinary collaboration and sustainable business and now works as the Business Outreach Associate for the Colorado Carbon Fund.  A world-traveler, avid snowboarder, and Colorado native, Scot is excited to continue working with CUE to foster engagement and provide resources and opportunities to students at CU.
  • Tyler Hammer, Vice President

Tyler Hammer is now a Senior Project Analyst with Nexant, Inc.  Nexant is a provider of intelligent grid software, clean energy and energy efficiency solutions to utilities, transmission and distribution system operators, government agencies and more. With Nexant, Tyler is leading demand-side management (energy efficiency) planning efforts for utilities and state agencies across the U.S., and assisting with business development efforts to expand this line of business for Nexant.  Tyler is also on the board of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Association of Energy Services Professionals (RM-AESP).  CU-Energy had a direct impact on both of Tyler’s current professional roles – as the Mentorship program which Tyler spearheaded in 2011 connected him board members of RM-AESP, one of whom hired him after graduating from the Leeds MBA program at CU.

  • Zachary Mitchell, Secretary
Zac Mitchell graduated from the MBA program in 2011. He helped launch the CU Energy Club in 2009 and served two terms as Secretary from 2009 to 2011. Zac now works at ZeaChem, a cellulosic bio-fuels and chemicals company in Lakewood, CO. At ZeaChem his main focus is in marketing where he works across the entire spectrum of projects from competitive research and analysis to writing, designing and producing company collateral. Though being at a late stage startup, he often wears a variety of other hats supporting functions across the company.
CU Energy played as valuable a role in his graduate program as time in the class room. It was a source of education and connections. The events and speakers CU Energy hosted on campus provided an essential education of the industry, while fellow members and involved industry professionals provided invaluable relationships.
  • Caroline Twitchell, Director of Business

Caroline served as CU Energy’s Director of Business from 2010 to 2011 and became involved at the start of the club in 2009 when she began the CU MBA program. She studied Operations and Management and completed the RASEI graduate energy certificate in 2011. Not only did her involvement with CU Energy Club further her understanding of the energy industry and connect her with others who share that passion and interest, but it inspired her to follow in the footsteps of all other former CUE officers before her and pursue a career in energy in Colorado. Since graduation, she has worked in finance and business development for wind energy forecasting company Onsemble and currently works for RES Americas on their Finance and Strategy team.

2009-2010

  • Mackay Miller, Founder and President 

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Mackay graduated from the Leeds MBA program in 2010, with a focus on Finance and Entrepreneurship. He now works in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at NREL, managing international energy policy collaborations with a focus on large-scale integration of variable renewable energy, smart grids, and energy innovation. He travels widely, speaking at conferences and workshops in Europe and Asia.
Mackay was a co-founder of the CU Energy Club and its first president. CU Energy played a central role in his time at the University, allowing him to meet students and faculty from across the campus and to have wide-ranging conversations (and debates) with a truly interdisciplinary group of peers.
  • Joost Groot, Vice President

Joost is a fifth year PhD student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. His work focuses on applying genomic and bioinformatic tools to engineer superior microbial strains for renewable biochemical and biofuel production. While doing his BSc and MSc in Biotechnology at Delft University (Netherlands) Joost became fascinated with both the science and applications of microbiology. During his studies he worked as an Assistant Patent Examiner at the European Patent Office and was an exchange student in Bioengineering at UC Davis. After his studies he worked in the Biotechnology Industry as an Assistant Scientist at DSM N.V., a sustainability leader. For CU Energy he was the first Vice-President (09/10) involved in Internal Relations and one of the leads on the inaugural Energy Frontiers. Besides doing research he is currently active in the CU Energy Alumni Committee where he still enjoys the friends made across many disciplines during his time as CU Energy officer.

  • Matt Reisman, Treasurer

Founder/Director – GreenLite Labs

Matt Reisman is a Founder and Director of GreenLite Labs.  Before joining GreenLite Labs, Matt worked with multiple early stage startups, environmental NPO’s and cleantech development organizations. Since moving to Colorado in 2009 for graduate school, Matt has worked at NREL and RASEI performing market research and analysis of various clean technologies, worked for CU Cleantech managing the launch of the Market Assessment Program and was a Fellow for Access Venture Partners.  Matt completed an MBA and a M.S. in Environmental Studies as well as a a RASEI Graduate Energy Certificate.

Matt’s goal for launching GreenLite Labs was to provide the community of resources necessary to create an environment that successfully fosters capital-efficient, early stage cleantech startups in cleanweb / IT sectors. GreenLite Labs was designed to utilize the existing top-notch resources found around the world but particularly along the Colorado Front Range.  The creation of an accelerator would help to catalyze the creation of an ecosystem around high-potential startups that would enable one-on-one mentorship with top mentors from various segments of the cleantech landscape including experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders, cleantech investors, skilled technologists, and legal/policy experts.

  • James Berry, Director of Law

James Barry, a senior analyst with Cadmus, has nearly four years of experience in the energy industry. He has worked at law firms, think tanks, and project development companies on diverse matters from litigating cases for a Fortune 100 client, to designing federal legislation for energy efficiency, to developing utility-scale solar power projects.

Before joining Cadmus in 2012, Mr. Barry worked for one of Denver’s largest law firms. He litigated a variety of matters including energy, employment, and environmental law. There, he managed several large document-review projects consisting of millions of documents and e-mails. Prior to his litigation experience, Mr. Barry advised a variety of entities on energy-related matters. Notably, he advised a utility-scale solar power project development company about regulatory and tax regimes. He also advised a municipality as it considered municipalizing its electricity production. After law school, Mr. Barry was a Judicial Fellow to the Honorable Robert M. Russel at the Colorado Court of Appeals.

By participating in CU Energy’s programs, I continued to develop the depth and breadth of my knowledge in the energy industry. The industry knowledge I accumulated from CU Energy events complimented what I was learning in law school both in terms of law related to the energy industry and law related to business. When I graduated from CU, I was ready to add value to a variety of companies on day one.

  • Luke Nagell, Director of Business

Luke Nagell is the founder and lead portfolio manager of Gallatin River Capital. Prior to founding Gallatin, Luke was an associate portfolio manager at Weatherstone Capital Management in Denver, CO where he helped manage over $1.1 billion in assets. Luke earned his MBA in finance and energy from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a BS in finance from Montana State University.  CU Energy Club worked as a springboard for gaining knowledge within the energy sector.  Energy is at the root of global economic development and having a solid understanding of this relationship has proven to be highly valuable within the investment industry.

  • Zac Mitchel, Secretary

(see bio above)

  • Scot Woolley, Director of Undergraduate involvement 

(see bio above)

Scot Woolley graduated from CU in 2011 with a double-major in Environmental Policy and Mandarin Chinese.  Scot was a founding member of CU Energy Club (CUE) and acted as the Undergraduate Representative in their first year–expanding the scope of CUE and gaining traction in the campus community.  Scot was elected as the CUE President in his senior year and helped bolster the club on campus by partnering with like-minded stakeholders, organizations and institutions in Colorado.
During his time at CU, Scot helped develop a program called SCORE that gives free energy audits to student renters and helps address the issues associated with the split incentive.  He also worked closely with the CU Environmental Center to design and implement energy outreach and education campaigns on campus.
Scot has a passion for interdisciplinary collaboration and sustainable business and now works as the Business Outreach Associate for the Colorado Carbon Fund.  A world-traveler, avid snowboarder, and Colorado native, Scot is excited to continue working with CUE to foster engagement and provide resources and opportunities to students at CU.