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Annual Energy Conference Draws Over 300 from Industry and Academia

November 8, 2017

Northeastern University’s Energy Conference – NUEC’17 – took place on September 29, 2017, on the Boston campus. This event was hosted by the College of Engineering and organized by the Energy Systems Society. The Energy Conference had 326 attendees, including 140 industry professionals, 24 faculty, and 162 students from universities across the country. 

The Energy Systems Society’s main goal every year is to create awareness around recent industry innovations, current issues such as climate change, pollution, non-renewable energy sources and more faced by industries, and to think constructively toward solutions to these issues. The Society is a small percentage of people working to make the world a more sustainable, healthy and better place to live.

The theme of this year’s Energy Conference was “Facets of the Bright Energy Future: A 360o Perspective.” Energy experts across a variety of fields spoke on different energy issues and ways of fighting these issues in the near future. There were discussions encompassing different sectors of the energy industry, including technology, business, and policy. The debate panel combined NU students and industry professionals on the current global topic, “Following COP 21: What should be the base-load power source? Solar Energy or Nuclear Energy?” The paper presentation panel offered industry professionals, Northeastern faculty, and students the opportunity to present in front of guest editors. The conference also featured an Expo area with 13 participating companies for students to network, learn about different industry products, and explore employment opportunities, including co-op. Please browse our website: Energy Conference 2017 for more information.

Energy Systems Society (ESS) is an academic student group associated with the Masters of Science in Energy Systems program at Northeastern University. The mission of ESS is to bridge the gap between industry and academia, as well as development and sustainability. Associated with the Energy Systems Graduate Program, the group aims to align with the interdisciplinary pillars of sustainability: Engineering, Business, and Policy. This is done by organizing seminars, educational visits to R&D, commercial and industrial facilities, workshops, and other activities that give the students an opportunity to extend their knowledge and out-of-classroom experience. If you have any questions or want to meet us, please email us at