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[email protected] Working_Overview
MARCH 24, 2015
MARCH 24, 2015 – [email protected] – ETS15.COM
As aging energy and public infrastructure converge with emerging technology—complete
with everything from microgrids to autonomous vehicles to smart cities to renewable
energy marketplaces—the demand for skilled workers in the energy industry will continue
to grow. More people need to be prepared for dealing with the next generation of energy
systems, but how do they best prepare? Answering this question requires more discussion
about how an energy education ecosystem can best prepare today’s and tomorrow’s
energy-related workforce and entrepreneurs.
“You really have to excite the kids very early on. When we get kids in college, it is too late; they’ve already made up
their minds about their interests and careers.”
-Dr. Johan Enslin, Director of the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center at UNC Charlotte
The [email protected] session—hosted in conjunction with ETS15 in Austin, Texas—is a
three-hour event on March 24, 2015 that will examine the impact and importance of
education in developing the human capital needed to power our future energy sector. This
interactive session will kickoff Zpryme’s efforts to research key challenges and
opportunities that need to be addressed in energy education—and we want your input!
Join us at this critical conference and contribute to the outcomes that will advance your
organization in its energy education-related objectives.
“It starts in K-12, we’ve got to go back to K-12 and make sure these kids are ready.”
-Dr. Jim Goodnight, CEO and founder of SAS
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 Define the roles of educational institutions—including K-12, community colleges, and
universities—in preparing skilled workers for the energy ecosystem of the future
 Understand STEM education initiatives, and the role they play in energy education
 Learn about the importance of partnerships among education, industry and
government to ensure students are getting the preparation they need to be successful
in the workforce
 Discuss the relationship of energy with other industries, such as transportation,
telecommunications and consumer electronics, and what these relationships mean for
 Provide an opportunity to hear student perspectives on energy education, and learn
about their energy-related school projects
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 Educators: K-12 (public/private), universities and research institutions, community
colleges, technical/trade schools, continuing education programs
 Government organizations and policymakers
 Leading energy and technology businesses/executives
 Students (undergraduate and graduate students)
 ETS15 attendees/speakers
 Cost: Free
MARCH 24, 2015 – [email protected] – ETS15.COM
12:00 PM | Lunch for Speakers
1:00 PM | Welcome Remarks
 H. Christine Richards, Research Director, Zpryme
1:15 PM | Universities and community colleges: Opportunities, Challenges, Lessons learned Panel | This panel will convene
educators and students to identify energy education challenges and opportunities. (A 40-minute discussion with 20 minutes for Q&A)
 Dr. Bahram Asiabanpour, Associate Professor of Manufacturing Engineering, Texas State University
 Tricia Berry, Director, Women in Engineering Program, University of Texas at Austin, Director, Texas Girls Collaborative Project
 John Gizdich, Student Body President, Austin Community College
 Monique Jones, Student, Texas State University
 [Moderator] Roger Alford, Research Manager, Zpryme
2:15 PM | Networking Break
2:30 PM | K-12: Opportunities, Challenges, Lessons learned Panel | This panel will highlight the lessons learned and best practices
on energy education from universities, k-12 educators, and students. (A 40-minute discussion with 20 minutes for Q&A)
 Leah Grossman, Velocity Program Lead, Skillpoint Alliance
 Savita Raj, Executive Director, Texas Association for Minorities in Engineering
 Isabel Shelton, Director, Education & Talent Alignment, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
 Becky Carter, Phase 1 Director, ATX STEM Park
 [Moderator] H. Christine Richards, Research Director, Zpryme
3:30 PM | Audience Brainstorming Session | Audience members will have a chance to provide live feedback on what they think are
the most critical opportunities to consider as we study and discuss energy education.
Dr. Stan McClellan, Director, Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University
4:00 PM | ETS_edu concludes and student robots will be waiting to greet us.
Panelists and participants are invited to stay for the Direct Energy Cocktail Reception that starts at 4:30 pm .
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 Speak: Send us your suggestion on speakers for this event given the
 Promote: Be sure to let your social network know about this and forward
along to colleagues and organizations that have an interest.
 Attend: Join us at [email protected] to provide feedback on how we address the
education challenges of today and network with students and industry
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 Sponsor
o Co-Host/Presenting Sponsor (2 available)
o Provide opening remarks and/or discuss student led research or energy
education programs
o 6’ tabletop display
o Digital branding online and onsite signage in program and in lobby
o Provide handouts to attendees
o Recognition in ETS15 program as Education Sponsors
o Supporter (3 available)
o 6’ tabletop display
o Digital branding online and onsite signage in program and in lobby
o Provide handouts to attendees
o Contact [email protected] for details.
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[email protected]: SEE YOU ON MARCH 24TH!
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