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The University of Michigan’s Energy Club at Ross proudly presents the 2018 Energy Conference! The Energy Conference is the University of Michigan’s premier annual energy event, connecting experts from across the industry with students to foster engagement on the biggest opportunities and challenges in this space. The conference has been specifically designed to facilitate collaboration between students, speakers, and sponsors through panel discussions and breakout sessions that promote networking and learning. The Energy Conference will take place at the Ross School of Business on Friday, September 28, 2018 in the Ross Colloquium.

This year’s theme is “Disruptive Futures in Energy Technology” where the focus will be on how disruptive technologies and innovative business models are rapidly shaping the future of energy. The event will include four panels featured below:

  • Disruptive Technologies
  • Big Tech
  • Future of Traditional Energy Players
  • Cleantech Entrepreneurship & Investment

The keynote speech will be delivered post-lunch by Sharon Beshouri, PhD (President, Shell Global Solutions, U.S.).

A networking reception will be held the evening prior to the conference from 7PM at UMMA (independent RSVP).

File Attachments: Agenda_Energy Conference 2018.pdf

In January 2019, faculty presented Energy Institute seed-funded outcomes from the Beyond Carbon Neutral Project as part of its absorption into the Global CO2 Initiative. Selected presentation slides are linked and available to view and download below. Un-linked presentations contain data being prepared or submitted for publication- contact the presenter(s) for more info.

Want to learn more about Beyond Carbon Neutral seed funding and the Global CO2 Initiative? Contact Susan Fancy at

Introductions & Welcome: Anna Stefanopoulou & Bart Bartlett

The Global CO2 Initiative at the University of Michigan:  Volker Sick

Technical Approaches

Carbon Utility in Durable Concrete Victor Li (Civil Engineering)

Carbon Sequestration and Conversion to Industrially Relevant Biomonomers:  A Photosynthetic Microbial Consortia Approach Nina Lin (Chemical Engineering), Neil Marsh (Chemistry)

Direct Air Capture in a Least-Cost Carbon Negative Future Steven Skerlos (Mechanical and Civil Engineering), Sarang Supekar

Enzymatic CO2 Capture and Biocatalysis by Reduction to Oxalate Stephen Ragsdale (Med School Biological Chemistry), Levi Thompson

Broadband Solar Energy Harvesting for Chemical Transformation of CO2 into Fuels Neil Dasgupta (Mechanical Engineering), Johannes Schwank (Chemical Engineering), Charles McCrory (Chemistry)

Microbial Mechanisms for Atmospheric Methane Removal Jeremy Semrau (Civil Engineering), Christian Lastoskie (Civil Engineering)

Biological Approaches

How many, and which species are needed to maximize the sequestration and burial of carbon? Brad Cardinale (SEAS)

Factors in forest management to protect carbon sinks on private forestland in the Great Lakes region Paige Fischer (SEAS), Bill Currie (SEAS)

Enhancing Long-Term Carbon Sequestration in Soils by Mycorrhizal Fungi  Mark Hunter (SEAS), Timothy James (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)

Carbon Negative Landscapes – Examining the Design and Perceptions of High Performance Landscapes for Carbon Dioxide Removal Mark Lindquist (SEAS)

Social Science Considerations

Testing risk compensation effects of learning about CDR in a representative sample  Victoria Campbell-Arvai (SEAS), Sol Hart LS&A Communications), Kaitlin Raimi (Public Policy), Kim Wolske

Exploring the Nature and Impact of Media Coverage of Carbon Dioxide Removal, Measurement of Knowledge, Concern, and Policy Stuart Soroka (Center for Political Studies and ISR), Sol Hart (Communications)

The Measurement of Knowledge, Concern, and Policy Opinions in the Beyond Carbon Neutral Domain Nicholas Valentino (Communications), Michael Traugott (Communications and ISR)