Leadership 2017

2017 Officers

Name Position Email
Daniel Zalkind President Daniel.Zalkind at Colorado.edu
Gregory Zavoluk Vice President at Large Gregory.Zavoluk at Colorado.edu
Shravan Joshi Vice President of Events Subcommittee Shravan.Joshi at Colorado.edu
Simon Hafner Vice President  of Corporate Outreach Subcommittee Simon.Hafner at Colorado.edu
Omid Alemi Treasurer Omid.Alemi at Colorado.edu
Adrian Smith Director of Business Adrian.Smith at Colorado.edu
Andres Gandara Director of Communications Andres.Gandara at Colorado.edu
Forrest Dickinson Director of Arts and Sciences Forrest.Dickinson at Colorado.edu
Raka Ghosh-Dastidar Director of Engineering Raka.Ghoshdastidar at colorado.edu
Gabby Makatura Director of Public Outreach Gabrielle.Makatura at Colorado.edu
Meghan Pfeifer Director of Visual Design Meghan.Pfeifer at Colorado.edu

President: Daniel Zalkind

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!

Vice President at Large: Gregory Zavoluk


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.

VP Events Subcommittee: Shravan Joshi


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: Simon Hafner


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.

Treasurer: Omid Alemi


I’m originally from Iran where I studied chemical engineering and worked two years in the oil industry, and then ten years as a consultant and later a project manager in sustainable regional planning and policy making. After immigration the U.S. I decided to pursue a career in renewable energy and started my MBA with focus on finance, sustainability and renewable energy. I’m most passionate about business and financing challenges of transition to clean sources of energy. So far I’ve been working on C-PACE financing, split incentive, and most recently, evaluating electricity generation alternatives. I joined energy club to learn more about energy, and connect with both students and professionals who are interested in this field. In the energy club, I contribute to planning our budget, monitoring our costs and helping to find new resources for the club to make sure that we can reach our goals and serve CU students who are passionate about energy.

VP Corporate Outreach: Adrian Smith


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.

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 Science: Forrest Dickinson


Forrest Dickinson is a student of the University of Colorado Boulder working to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Climate and Energy. In addition, Forrest is in the process of receiving an energy certificate through the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI).

Director of Engineering: Raka Ghosh-Dastidar


I’m a junior in Chemical Engineering, and I’m hoping to work in the renewable energy sector in the future. This past summer, I worked at the Chevron Chemical Engineering Lab and focused on understanding and improving the efficiency of the Reverse Osmosis and Hilsch Vortex Tube equipment. I joined the CU Energy Club as the Director of Engineering as I wanted to help connect my fellow engineering students with the opportunities offered by CU Energy.

Growing up, I lived in numerous countries as my parents are both French teachers and taught at different international schools. I moved to Boulder in 2014 and I haven’t regretted my decision even once! I love living so close to the great outdoors and the majestic Flatirons, and I enjoy traveling and photography.

Director of Public Outreach: Gabrielle Makatura


I am a graduate student studying renewable and sustainable energy with the masters of the environment program (MENV). I joined the CU Energy Club because I am passionate about renewable and sustainable energy, and everything energy related happening both on campus and in Colorado. After graduating in December 2017 I plan on working abroad in energy poverty.

I grew up in Colorado, but before starting my masters at CU I attended Fort Hays State University in Kansas. At FHSU I studied economics and international business, and played 4 years of NCAA DII women’s soccer. I am excited to be back in Colorado where there are many opportunities related to energy, and also of course many activities, winter sports, landscapes, and diverse experiences to enjoy!

Director of Visual Design: Meghan Pfeifer


As of Fall 2016, I am a freshman 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.