Energy Transition Symposium


On October 31, 2017 a group of students from Mead High School’s Energy Academy attended

The Energy Transitions Symposium at Colorado State University. Students were able to

Interview various panels of experts on topics such as “Unleash the Power of Women in an

Ever-Changing Energy Landscape”  and  “How Innovation, Research and Policy can lead to

National and Global Impact.” A panel of 3 sitting Governors were included this year:  Governor

Hickenlooper from Colorado,  Governor Mead from Wyoming, and Governor Bullock from

Montana. They discussed ways to inspire non-partisan collaborations and regional cooperation

by creating mutually beneficial initiatives and outcomes in a complex world of energy transitions.  

Mead students were able to participate in a question and answer period with each panel of

experts, taking away critical hands-on, cutting edge energy information.

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Patrick Cummins, senior policy advisor for The Center for the New Energy Economy gives Mead students educational advice for pursuing Environmental Law degrees

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Greg Reiker, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder, met with a Mead student about his new technology which can remotely detect Methane leaks using different wavelengths of light.

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Two Mead students consult with Dr. Derek Berry from NREL about the increase in wind turbine efficiency for electricity output using carbon fiber as compared to the modern day materials of wind turbines.