From the President, USAEEMichael CanesDistinguished FellowLogistics Management InstituteMcLean, VA
Soon we will be heading to New York City for this year’s IAEE International Conference, which is being hosted by USAEE. All signs are that this will be a tremendous experience, with 10 excellent plenary sessions, 57 concurrent sessions, and some really interesting technical tours. On the last day there also will be a technical workshop, which this year is being sponsored by Rice University. All this plus many networking opportunities to meet colleagues from around the world who are in business, government and academia, and to refresh previous contacts while making new ones.
The conference is taking place in downtown New York City, which provides many opportunities for interesting sightseeing. But I hope you will take full advantage of the expertise being offered within the conference program. The Administrator of the Energy Information Administration, Adam Sieminski, will lead off our conference with observations on where U.S. energy markets are headed. This session will continue with discussions by David Hobbs, Research Director of KAPSARC, a new Saudi Arabian energy research institution; and Eirik Waermess. Chief Economist of Satoil. At other plenaries we’ll hear about energy and the economy, renewables and grid integration, climate change, energy financing, and much, much more. The challenge will be which to choose when both of two concurrent plenaries offer terrific speakers and subjects.
The program's high quality concurrent sessions will feature over 330 presentations, selected from almost 800 that were submitted by members from around the world. We expect these sessions to be among the best ever offered at an IAEE conference.
Because of hotel space limitations coupled with the overwhelming interest shown in this year’s conference, USAEE was forced to cap registrations at 550. This may mean that some who want to come may not be able to. But as of this writing, there still is room for all. I sincerely hope that you will make it a priority to attend this year’s conference, participate in the many activities being offered, and come away with a first class experience. See you in New York!