Inaugural RESS Symposium a Success

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RESS students and faculty gathered recently for the first annual RESS Symposium, held on July 27th at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA.   
 
In addition to some beautiful summer weather, the event featured tours of local solar, wind, sustainability, and bioenergy projects, as well as presentations from RESS faculty on recent developments in their area of study.   
 
However, for many, the main attraction was the student paper competition, in which three finalists presented a paper from their work as a RESS student.  After difficult deliberations by the judging panel (due to the overall high quality of all entries), the top prize was awarded to Andy Cloud, whose paper was titled "Renewable Augmented Net Zero Energy Proposal".  His co-authors were Piyush Sabharwall1, Meghan Kerrigan and Stephen Brown.  The other two finalists in the competition were Meghan Kerrigan for "National Health Care Renewable Energy Initiative" and David Jones with "A Biomass Energy System Design for PSU Heat and Power".   
 
The day finished up with informal dinner and discussion at a nearby eatery.  This was a great opportunity for students and faculty to meet in person and share thoughts and ideas.  Since many of us work in environments where renewables and sustainability are not always understood, having time to network with like minded professionals while getting to know one's classmates and faculty better proved to be a very worthwhile experience.   
 
Plans are already forming for next year's symposium, and we look forward to seeing more of you in 2017!