Great Issues in Energy

Dartmouth Engineering's Great Issues in Energy series features leading experts, academics, industry leaders, and policy makers on a variety of energy-related topics.

Past Events



50 Years of Energy Policy: Lessons for the Future

John Deutch, Institute Professor Emeritus, MIT, Former Director, CIA

12:15pm - 1:15pm ET

Irving Classroom (IR-080) & Online

Nine US presidential administrations have dealt with energy issues. What lessons learned from this history might help dealing with today’s climate issues?



The Energy Transformation: Getting from Here to There

4:00pm - 5:00pm ET


Join us for a panel discussion on strategies for a sustainable future, moderated by Dean Alexis Abramson.

Past Speakers

The Energy Transformation: Getting from Here to There

Moderator: Alexis Abramson, Dean of Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth

Abby Ross Hopper ’93, President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association
Tom Kiernan ’81
, CEO, American Rivers
Darren Peers ’96
, Analyst, Capital Group
Brad Plumer ’03
, Climate Reporter, The New York Times

Future of Energy in the United States (2019)

Paul Dabbar, Under Secretary for Science, US Department of Energy

A discussion with the Under Secretary and Dartmouth Engineering Interim Dean Laura Ray on creative solutions to energy challenges.

New England’s Evolving Electricity Landscape (2019)

Amro Farid, Associate Professor, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth

Methodology and key findings of the 2017 ISO New England System Operational Analysis and Renewable Energy Integration Study (SOARES)

Perspectives from Dartmouth Engineering Alumni (2015)

Christopher “Cris” Gaut ’78, Chairman and CEO, Forum Energy Technologies
Dana Guernsey ’06 Th’08, Director, Corporate Development, Ambri
Andrew Lackner ’97, Th’98 ’99, Senior Director, Energy Investments, GE Ventures
Marcy Reed ’85, President, National Grid USA

Variability and Renewable Electricity Supply (2012)

Hugo Chandler
, Co-founder, Director of New Resource Partner
J. Charles Smith, Executive Director, Wind Utility Integration Group

Energy Innovation and America’s Competitiveness (2011)

Steven Chu, US Secretary of Energy

Nobel Laureate Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy, spoke about Energy Innovation and America's Competitiveness at the 2011 Great Issues in Energy Symposium.

Great Issues in Energy: The Nuclear Option (2010)

Ernest Moniz, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, Director of the Energy Initiative, and Director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment, MIT
Joe Romm, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress
Alex Glaser, Assistant Professor, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

Great Issues in Energy: Climate (2009)

Jason Grumet, Founder and President of the Bipartisan Policy Center and Executive Director of the National Commission on Energy Policy
Dr. James Hansen, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Climate change resulting from fossil fuels and human activities is underway and accelerating. Many anticipate catastrophic consequences if we do not make large changes to limit our impacts on climate. Motivating and enabling such change, however, represents a major challenge for both public policy and technology.