The Veteran’s Energy Seminar educates veterans, reservists, and military spouses on global energy security challenges with the goal of encouraging participants to seek leadership positions or higher education in the energy industry, policy, and entrepreneurship.
The U.S. military is the single largest consumer of energy resources in the world. Military service members have a firsthand experience with the importance of sustainable operational energy and the impact of our energy dependencies on military strategy. As they enter the civilian world, many veterans rely on this base of experience and self-teaching to make decisions regarding future employment.
Veterans comprise approximately 10% of all U.S. energy jobs and possess a rare set of highly technical skills that can be put to use towards achieving a secure energy future. While there are numerous programs available to veterans for workforce training and job placement in the energy industry, there are very few educational opportunities which would align a veteran's unique experience with energy supply into mission-driven service for a stronger energy security future. The Veteran’s Energy Seminar will fill this education gap to supplement the self-teaching that takes place after a service member leaves the military.
"While there are numerous programs available to veterans for workforce training and job placement in the energy industry, there are very few educational opportunities which would align a veteran's unique experience with energy supply into mission-driven service for a stronger energy security future."
The Veteran's Energy Seminar is designed to inspire veterans to continue their service to the country after they leave the military by using their technical skills and knowledge to positively impact our national and energy security. It is based on training for Foreign Service Officers by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Energy Resources, and received an honorable mention at the 2016 Take Point Initiative nonprofit competition with the Atlantic Council of the US.
The Veteran's Energy Seminar is led by Dan Misch, a Naval Academy graduate and submarine veteran. Dan is a Federal Project Director for the U.S. Department of Energy at Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago IL, where he performs project and program management oversight. He is a member of the Truman National Security Project and was a 2016 Take Point fellow with the Atlantic Council of the US. He was recognized by the Midwest Energy News "40 Under 40" awards for promoting a stronger energy security future through education and investments in technology.