Energy Systems Club

About the Energy Systems Club:

Over the past century, humanity has experienced massive improvements in quality of life driven by rapid economic development. Energy infrastructure hums ceaselessly in the background supporting all of these great achievements. However, as we progress into a new century, energy technologies, fuels, operational paradigms, and market structures all must change to incorporate historically externalized environmental costs, avoid further damages, and mitigate the most severe threats presented by climate change. As Carl Sagan said, "Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of the planet," so whether you consider yourself an engineer, physicist, economist, policy advocate, or something else entirely, I encourage you to find your niche within our interdisciplinary energy club.

Our purpose is to foster communication and collaboration among Cornell faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students in the energy field. To foster discussion surrounding relevant modern and future issues related to energy. Develop a student-faculty-alumni network within the greater energy community on and off-campus, especially with commercial entities that have not been traditionally represented at previous Cornell recruitment events.

Any person who is now or has been a registered student in any department or course at Cornell University and any person who has been connected in any official capacity with the academic or administrative staff of Cornell University is eligible for membership in this club. 

For more information, please contact the Energy Systems Club President, Jeff Sward jas983[at] 


Upcoming Events:

Networking Event



On-Going Projects:

Solar District Club

The Cornell Energy Systems Club is putting together a team to compete in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) first annual Solar District Cup (SDC). The SDC challenges teams to design and model distributed solar energy and storage systems for existing, active electrical distributions districts. More information including the rules and timeline can be found here. If you are interested, please email energysystemsclub[at]


Past Events:

Careers in Energy and Sustainability Networking Event Happy Hour was held last Sept. 12, 2019

Cornell Energy Day

Key Note Speaker:
Dr. M. Stanley Whittingham, Distinguished SUNY Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering, Binghamton University 

Companies in Attendance:

  • C4V
  • Chromananotech
  • Conamix
  • Gotion

Panelists Included:

  • Micheal Swider, Senior Market and Technologies Strategist at NYISO
  • Sandra Sattler,  Senior Energy Modeler at Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Paula Doubrawa, Research Engineering at National Wind Technology Center (NREL)
  • James Lyons, Chief Technologist at Capricon Investment
  • Carl Taylor, President and Chief Executive of Rochester New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG)


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