|Daniel Zalkind||President, Director of Business Development||Daniel.Zalkind at Colorado.edu|
|Simon Hafner||Director of Business Development||Simon.Hafner at Colorado.edu|
|Meghan Pfeifer||Director of Digital Brand and Marketing||Meghan.Pfeifer at Colorado.edu|
|Zhuqian “Janish” Wang||Director of Digital Brand and Marketing||Zhuqian.Wang at Colorado.edu|
|Allister “Will” Frazier||Director of Events Coordination||Allister.Frazier at Colorado.edu|
|Kaitlyn Garifi||Director of Events Coordination||Kaitlyn.Garifi at Colorado.edu|
Howdy! Welcome to the club! My goal is to educate as many students about energy in order to get them excited about entering the industry and working on sustainable energy projects. Additionally, I’d like to help students grow and build their networks through the club. For my day job, I am a 3rd year Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering. I work on wind turbine control systems, researching methods to safely operate these very large machines for extended lifetimes.
Before joining CU, 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.
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.
While I’m not diligently researching wind turbines or working with the club, I can be found up in the mountain parks, hucking a frisbee or pretending I can shred. I hope to see you at one of our next events!
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 hoped 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.
As of Fall 2017, I am a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering. Currently, I am primarily interested in the energy aspects my major has to offer and would like to improve or discover new forms of renewable energy in the future. To gain more knowledge of this field of study, I joined the CU Energy Club in anticipation of experiencing and learning more about energy, both globally and locally. Throughout my stay here, I hope to help the club continue functioning smoothly and enlightening others about energy.
Will is currently a Materials Science and Engineering graduate student. He is working on an ARPA-E funded project for the development of novel cellulose-based aerogel films for window retrofitting applications.