Energy Forum, ENSP 430, Spring 2017

Instructor Daniel Soto
Office Rachel Carson Hall 12
Meeting Time W 4:00 pm - 5:50 pm
Classroom ETC (Environmental Technology Center)
Units 2

Office Hours

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Course Description

The Energy Forum is a lecture series offered in the spring semester of each year. Its goal is to expose students to current ideas and activities in the energy field, support interaction with the professional community, find out about the work some of our alumni are doing. It is my hope that the course will expose you to topics, speakers, careers and firms that you find interesting and worth pursuing. Energy Forum sessions typically feature a guest speaker making a one-hour presentation on an energy-related topic, followed by a question-and-answer period. Forum presentations at the ETC are open to members of the SSU community and the general public if space permits;

Learning Objectives

  • Able to describe the application of energy skills and knowledge in professional contexts
  • Able to describe the value of your academic preparation to professionals
  • Able to plan post-graduate learning and training to qualify for future work
  • Able to prepare questions for a speaker based on a lecture
  • Exposure to professional opportunities
  • Exposure to new technologies and business models
  • Development of professional communication skills

Course Requirements

ENSP majors or minors, junior- or senior-level standing.


This course is graded on a Credit/No Credit basis. To receive credit, you must:

  • Meet the attendance requirement
  • Attend an outside event
  • Turn in three assignments by the deadlines listed below


  1. Attend at least 12 of 13 Forum meetings, or substitute an additional Outside Forum (see below) for any missed class. An attendance sheet will be circulated during each session; it is your responsibility to sign it.

Reflection Papers

Your reflection paper will reflect on the following questions relating the presentation to your learning goals

  • What skills do you think you need to develop to work at this organization?
  • What knowledge do you need to have?
  • What is your plan between now and when you would be applying to acquire the knowledge and skills you would need?

To receive credit for your paper it must

  • Be 500 to 1000 words in length.
  • Be written in clear English without distracting errors.
  • Have college-level organization and paragraph structure.
  • Show a depth of thought and attention.

Due Dates

Assignments are due one week after the speaker's visit. Please turn them in at the links below by the start of class the next week.

To ensure consistent effort and consideration of all speakers, you are requested to turn in at one assignment by the following date.

  • Wed 22 Mar 2017

If you want to deviate from this schedule, you must obtain permission in advance from the instructor.

Please turn in your assignments at the following links:

Resume and Cover Letter

This assignment is to write a draft cover letter of the type you are likely to send to a prospective employer. For one of the lectures, find a job opening at the organization or describe one based on an existing position. Write a letter as if you were applying to the organization.

Here is a cover letter guide.

Here is a resume guide.

Outside Forum

For this outside forum, you may turn in either a reflection paper as described above or a resume and cover letter.

An outside forum is

  • Relevant to energy or climate
  • At the professional or collegiate level
  • Be live and in-person unless approved in advance

Speaker Questions

You will submit questions for our speakers during lecture. By the end of the semester, you are expected to have submitted a question during at least 4 lectures. You will turn in your questions at this Google Form link.

To receive credit your question must

  • Be relevant to the lecture
  • Reflect engagement with the lecture
  • Appear independently conceived


Respectful tone in classroom Civility is required from all students during discussions and interactions.

Minimize electronic distractions Internet-connected electronic devices (phones, tablets) may be used in class for learning purposes. Using devices for social networks or other uses during class time is strongly discouraged.

Course Schedule

The tentative schedule for our speakers is:

25 Jan 2017 Workshop on Materials
01 Feb 2017 TBD
08 Feb 2017 TBD
15 Feb 2017 Jeremy Doochin, Soligent
22 Feb 2017 SSU Buildings Panel
01 Mar 2017 Carolyn Greco, SCWA
08 Mar 2017 Andy Ferguson, Methane
15 Mar 2017 Spring Break
22 Mar 2017 Workshop on Materials
29 Mar 2017 Dave Warrender, Citizen's Climate Lobby
05 Apr 2017 Lauren Casey, RCPA
12 Apr 2017 Kenneth Wells Brown, Rising Sun Energy
19 Apr 2017 David Slifer
26 Apr 2017 Recent Grads Panel
03 May 2017 Seawolf Symposium
10 May 2017 Current Interns Panel

University Policies

There are important University policies that you should be aware of, such as the add/drop policy; cheating and plagiarism policy, grade appeal procedures; accommodations for students with disabilities and the diversity vision statement. Go to this URL to find them.