Three Rivers Chapter
Ingmar Sterzing - Chapter PresidentDirector, Westinghouse ElectricPittsburgh, PA
The Three Rivers Chapter of the USAEE is now 1 year old. We had a great first year and we are continuing our efforts this year to build our chapter and focus on the USAEE North American Conference to be held in Pittsburgh, October 25-29, 2015. After receiving our official charter at the beginning of 2013 we held six successful meetings. We routinely reach out to approximately 70 students and professionals in the region interested in energy.
Our inaugural meeting hosted Howard Gruenspecht, Deputy Administrator at the U.S. EIA. Our second meeting hosted Todd Onderdonk, Senior Energy Advisor, Corporate Strategic Planning, ExxonMobil Corporation. Dr. Granger Morgan presented the results of the first year’s activities of energy research at the new Carnegie Mellon Scott Institute. Each meeting was attended by over 20 people from local industry and policy institutions. The feedback we are receiving is very favorable and interest in our local organization and the USAEE is growing.
Our fall meeting last October was fun and informative event that we co-hosted with the Washington and Jefferson Center for Energy Policy and Management. The meeting provided a showing of the movie “Pandora’s Promise” followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Joel Cannon and chapter president, Ingmar Sterzing. The movie asks whether the one technology (“nuclear”) we fear most could save our planet from a climate catastrophe while providing the energy needed to lift billions of people in the developing world out of poverty, a great topic for the USAEE. Several hundred students and USAEE chapter members attended the event.
A big part of our success is due to our founding leadership team. Dr. Paulina Jaramillo at Carnegie Mellon University; Dr. Peter Balash, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL); Deborah Sterzing, Tepper School of Business; and Julian Lamy, Carnegie Mellon University have all been great to work with and dedicated to making our association a success. In the near term we are continuing to focus on raising awareness about the local chapter and USAEE. We have a great membership list started and it is continuing to grow.
We are particularly excited that Pittsburgh was chosen to host the 2015 USAEE North American conference. While the conference will be in Pittsburgh, our chapter includes Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and New York. The 2015 conference is going to be something to look forward to. Mark your calendar for October 25-29, 2015. More details will be coming out soon.
The conference will be well placed at the center of American energy. The region is a national leader across seven energy industries including coal, natural gas, nuclear, solar, wind, transmission and distribution, and intelligent building. Our region represents the history of energy and captures and symbolizes what is going on with energy in our country today. We are very fortunate to have a diverse mix of energy activities in our region with Nuclear, Coal, Natural Gas, and Renewables all playing an important part of the local economy.
I encourage anyone in the Three River’s area that is interested in getting involved to please contact me or my fellow officers. Additional information can be found at our chapter web-site: https://www.usaee.org/chapters/3rivers.aspx