Thursday, September 27, 2018

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Boston University

595 Commonwealth Ave, Boston MA 02215

Questrom School of Business | Classroom 414/419



Dorothy Robyn

Senior Fellow, Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy and Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations & Environment


Dennis McGinn

Vice Admiral U.S. Navy (Retired), Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment

Frank O'Sullivan

Director of Research, MIT Energy Initiative

Wilson Rickerson

Principal, Converge Strategies, LLC


Laura Bartsch

Vice President, Membership and Corporate Development, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)


Sean Becker

President, Sparkplug Power (U.S. Navy Veteran)


Tamika Jacques

Director of Workforce Development, MassCEC

Joshua May

Co-Founder and President, ReVenture (U.S. Army Veteran)


Norman Sproehnle

Manager - Outage Coordination, ISO New England (U.S. Navy Veteran)



Agenda subject to change (All times in Eastern)

8:30 am

Participants Arrive

8:45 am

Welcome and Introduction

9:00 am

Global Energy Challenges

Keynote lecture on global energy challenges including, but not limited to: climate change as a national security threat; cyber and physical infrastructure vulnerabilities; US government priorities and diplomacy; military preparedness, strategy, and operational energy analysis

9:30 am

Oil, Gas, Coal, and Nuclear

Lecture on domestic and international trends in oil, gas, coal and nuclear industries: impacts on energy dependence and international market; environmental, economic, political, and regulatory considerations.

10:30 am


11:00 am

Grid, Electricity, Resilience and Security

Discussion on US electric grid functionality, limitations, vulnerabilities; adaption needed for advanced energy systems; international trends in adopting advanced energy and grid upgrades; cyber and physical threats, attacks, and weather related resilience efforts.

12:00 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm

Renewable Energy, Sustainability, Efficiency, and Technology

Lecture on renewable energy industry trends; overview of domestic and international adoption of wind, solar, hydro, off-shore; sustainability and efficiency principles; technology gaps and investment needs; overview of economic soft power benefits of R&D; R&D investment trends and key research areas.

2:00 pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Military to Energy Transition: Panels and lectures on lessons learned and resources available from other veterans and professionals working in the energy industry, energy policy, and energy entrepreneurs
  • Energy in Practice: Panels and lectures on active programs and projects from area experts in the industry, government, and academics

4:00 pm

Strengthening Our Energy Security Future

Closing remarks or panel on the military influence and veteran’s role in adopting advanced energy solutions to diversify the U.S. economy, increase resilience & reliability, and mitigate the global impacts of climate change

5:00 pm

Reception (Off-Site Location)