Energy Day

Cornell Energy Days 2021

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The 2021 Cornell Energy Days are hosted by Cornell Energy Systems Club and will take place virtually on April 21st and 22nd. We are once again bringing together students, researchers, and energy companies for a day – actually TWO DAYS this year – of networking and engaging students from all across campus in challenges facing the energy industry.

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All events will be held virtually on Zoom and Gather Town.
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Call for Abstracts:

We invite you to submit poster abstracts for the upcoming Cornell Energy Day!  Relevant topics include energy storage, sustainability, decarbonization, climate change, or anything in the general energy sector!  We invite poster abstracts from students, postdocs, & club representatives.  The poster session will be held on April 21st, 3:30 - 6:00 pm. Please have your poster prepared by April 19th. 
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Schedule of Events:

Day 1 - Wednesday, April 21st:

Keynote (12:30-1:30 pm)

Mary Ann Piette

Mary Ann Piette

Director of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Innovation and Opportunities for Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings

Join the Director of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab for an overview of building energy use in the United States, exploration of global building issues, and discussion of key challenges in the built environment.

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Cornell Climate Action Plan (CCAP) Panel Discussion (2:00-3:30 PM)  

Sarah Zemanick Jeff Tester Steve Beyers Sean Sullivan
Universities' Role in Demonstrating the Path Towards Climate Neutrality

Meet Sarah Zemanick (Direct of the Campus Sustainability Office), Dr. Jefferson Tester (David Croll Sesquicentennial Fellow and Professor), Steve Beyers (Cornell Engineering Section Leader), and Sean Sullivan (Director of Smart Grids Innovation and Planning at AVANGRID.  Come with your questions and learn more about how Cornell is addressing the Climate Crisis.  

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Energy Day Poster Session (3:30-6:00 pm)

Engage with Interdisciplinary Energy-related research from across Cornell's campus and meet some of the sustainability and Energy Clubs that exist at Cornell. The poster session will be hosted on the virtual platform Gather Town which allows for more casual and personal interactions.

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Energy Days Trivia (6:00-7:00 pm)

Test your Energy prowess and compete against your friends! Hosted on Kahoot this Energy Trivia will wrap us Energy Days Day 1!

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Day 2 - Thursday, April 22nd:

Keynote (12:25-1:25 PM)

Bri-Mathias Hodge

Bri-Mathias Hodge

Chief Scientist in the Power Systems Engineering Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Next Generation Energy Systems

A joint event with Cornell's Energy Engineering Seminar focused on Designing a Sustainable and Reliable Future Through Simulating Next Generation Energy Systems.

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Industry Panel Panel Discussion (2:00-3:30 pm)

Join leading industry experts in a discussion centered around how your engineering degree can be applied to an industry job in the energy sector. 

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CCAP Student Discussion (3:30-4:30 pm)

An informal discussion forum seeking to engage undergrads, grads, and post-docs in all aspects of energy, climate, and sustainability from basic research to policy to current events. Part of our monthly discussion series,  this discussion will focus on the Cornell Climate Action Plan, our concerns, and ideas for a carbon-neutral Cornell!

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For further questions, please contact:
Jeffrey Sward (CESC President,, Zoe Pollard (Energy Day Coordinator,, or Jen Yi (Secretary,