To educate and bring awareness to energy issues
Our goal is to provide members with an environment to discuss and learn about all aspects of building a cleaner and safer energy system, including, but not limited to: technology, policy, economics, sociology, public health, and ecology. To facilitate exchange of knowledge, members should expect an open discussion of ideas (to learn from each other), opportunities for outreach (to teach the public), and high-quality dialogue with key players in the local energy ecosystem (to learn from others). Through club activities and events, we aim to prepare members as future leaders in energy.
- To bring together members of different disciplines with interests in energy.
- To bring together academia and industry with members.
- To promote awareness in the community and student body about the impact of energy use and to educate about different conservation/alternative energy techniques.
- To work with the university to promote more efficient energy use within the university.
- To provide a concise information source that is both accessible and easy to use.
- To research different techniques to promote our own knowledge and understanding.
- To work with individuals from the community to promote and put into action alternative energy processes.
Founder: Kerry Wang
As a lifelong environmentalist, Kerry pursued and earned a BS in Chemical Engineering at Rice University to better understand sustainable technologies. During this time, an Environmental Sociology course opened his eyes to the many human factors - politics, business, economics, culture, and social justice - that play a role in society's relationship with energy and the environment. Realizing how many aspects of life and society affect each other and energy in complex, non-linear ways, Kerry grew frustrated that discussions of "sustainability" often occurred in such segregated academic silos. This led him to found the UMN Energy Club in Fall 2015, while a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering. Kerry believes young people today, who will be climate leaders of tomorrow, need to develop leadership skills allowing them to not only understand energy more holistically, but to work and communicate effectively with those with different views and experiences on energy. Outside of sustainability, Kerry enjoys partner acrobatics, Bollywood dance, and martial arts. His PhD work involves mathematical modeling of a novel process for manufacturing high-quality single-crystalline silicon solar cells.