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Summer 2007

In Brief

MBAs Champion Clean Energy

 

Berkeley MBA students established the Berkeley Energy Resources Collaborative in 2005 to spotlight the cutting-edge research in energy and natural resources happening across UC Berkeley. Their efforts culminated in the Berkeley Energy Symposium in March, which highlighted 150 leading researchers throughout the university community.

 

The symposium opened with a keynote address from Steven Chu, the 1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics and the director of Lawrence Berkeley Lab (LBL). Chu discussed the work going on at LBL and its Helios solar energy project. The symposium also featured panel discussions ranging from alternative fuels to energy economics. Haas professors Severin Borenstein and Catherine Wolfram participated in the discussions.

 

Working diligently since last October, members of the symposium's planning committee devoted hundreds of hours to bringing together a wide range of departments and schools at UC Berkeley. The symposium, which was covered in the San Francisco Chronicle, attracted 400 people from academia, government, and industry. UC Berkeley students filled the 100 spots reserved for them in only two days.

 

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