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Sustainable Energy Initiatives Converge at New Haas Institute

The new Energy Institute at Haas launched this fall, powered by the rising need for research and growing student interest in sustainable energy.

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Cleantech 2 Market

First-year MBA students Gustavo Botelho, Chris Finegold, and Robbie Horwitz (l. to r.) are helping UC Berkeley Plant and Microbial Biology Professor Anastasios Melis (second from right) commercialize his novel algae production techniques. Their work is part of the Energy Institute’s new Cleantech to Market course.

Sustainable Energy Initiatives Converge at New Haas Institute


The new Energy Institute at Haas launched this fall, powered by the rising need for research and growing student interest in sustainable energy.
The school celebrated the debut of the Energy Institute with a launch event Oct. 30 featuring Matt Rogers, who advises US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu on the disbursement of energy-related stimulus money.

The Energy Institute is the result of a merger of two successful programs: the UC Energy Institute’s Center for the Study of Energy Markets and the Haas School’s Center for Energy and Environmental Innovation. Haas School Professors Severin Borenstein and Catherine Wolfram are serving as the Energy Institute’s first faculty directors.

The institute will oversee the Cleantech to Market (C2M) Program, a new course based on a partnership between graduate students and scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to bring clean energy technologies to market. C2M is one of the activities that have grown out of the Berkeley Energy Resources Collaborative (BERC), an interdisciplinary student organization started by Berkeley MBA students. BERC will work closely with the Energy Institute at Haas.

“We have a tremendously active and committed group of students interested in clean-energy solutions,” says Wolfram. “The more we can put them in touch with the great scientific research being done on energy on the Berkeley campus and at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the greater opportunity we have to bring real solutions to the marketplace.”

The Energy Institute offers several energy-related courses for MBA and undergraduate students.
The institute also is involved in Berkeley executive education courses, including the Cleantech Institute, a quarterly program aimed at providing entrepreneurs, policy makers, and investors with knowledge to further catalyze the rapidly changing industry. The next Cleantech Institute will be held June 10-11.

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Walden Wins Faculty Award


Johan Walden Johan Walden, a member of the Haas Finance Group, has been awarded the 2010–11 Schwabacher Fellowship, the highest honor that Haas awards assistant professors. It consists of a small cash award, a research grant, and a modest instructional point credit. Walden, who joined the Haas faculty in 2005, is a native of Sweden who earned PhDs in both applied mathematics and financial economics. His research focuses on theoretical asset pricing, human capital and capital markets, catastrophe insurance, and numerical option pricing. He has taught Introduction to Finance in the Evening & Weekend MBA Program.

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#1 in The Economist


The Haas School was ranked the #1 business school in the US and #3 in the world by the Economist magazine’s survey of full-time MBA programs. Haas climbed up from its previous ranking of #4 among US schools and #6 in the world. The ranking is based on a survey of MBA students and data provided by business schools.

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Koret Foundation CEO Jeff Farber and Richard “Dick” Greene, BS 60, JD 63, a Koret board member and UC Berkeley Foundation trustee, cut the ribbon on the Koret Interactive Learning Center.

Haas Celebrates High-tech Classroom


The Haas School cut the ribbon Jan. 12 on the new Koret Interactive Learning Center. The center is the first renovation planned as part of the school’s $300 million capital campaign and the dean’s strategic plan to transform the Haas campus. The new 70-seat, tiered classroom boasts state-of-the-art video conferencing, dual-screen projectors, extensive white boards, and a high-tech lectern with touch-screen controls. The project, which also includes two break-out rooms, was funded in part by a $1.5 million grant from the Koret Foundation, a private philanthropic organization created by the estates of Joseph and Stephanie Koret, founders of the Koret of California sportswear line.

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