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The Future of Energy Event

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Aluminate Web Event

The Future of Energy

Tuesday, April 20, 2021  |  3:00pm - 4:00pm EST

The future of energy is changing—and fast. As the global demand grows, consumer behaviors change, and technological innovations are made, the energy sector faces a quickly evolving landscape, and with it, new opportunities and challenges. 

More than ever, the complex issues in this sector require bold visions and creative partnerships—something Hokies have always been known for. To celebrate and learn from distinguished faculty and industry alumni leading the way, Aluminate is pleased to announce its upcoming event, The Future of Energy, premiering live on Tuesday, April 20.

Together, we’ll learn about key issues facing the future of the energy sector and ask questions such as: Is 100% renewable energy possible? What would that mean for the oil and gas industry? What role do U.S. power systems play in fighting the effects of climate change? What has the global pandemic taught us about the future of energy? And how are leading private and public sector partners addressing the issues? 

Our dynamic panel will give alumni and industry partners an opportunity to take part in similar conversations happening on April 26th and 27th when Virginia Tech and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) bring together leading thinkers, universities, government partners, and corporate entities for the second annual EnVision Forum

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Quintin Costin

Product Manager, ExxonMobil

Class of 2010, Chemical Engineering

Quintin is our event moderator and Alumni corporate chapter chair for ExxonMobil. With a background in Chemical Engineering and over a decade of industry experience, Quin brings a dynamic and enthusiastic perspective to all issues surrounding the future of energy.

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David Mackanic

Founder and CEO, Anthro Energy
Class of 2015, Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry

David is the founder of Anthro Energy and was recently featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the Energy category. He is passionate about making renewable energy a reality by creating robust and versatile forms of energy storage.

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Darrell Roberts

Deputy Executive Director for Operations, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Class of 1989, Mechanical Engineering

Darrell is the deputy executive director for operations at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC). He has over 30 years of nuclear power and regulatory experience, holding positions of increasing responsibility and oversight since joining the USNRC in 1989.  

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Kathleen Sgamma

President, Western Energy Alliance
Class of 1997, Information Systems

Kathleen is the president of the Western Energy Alliance, which represents companies engaged in all aspects of environmentally responsible exploration and production of oil and natural gas in the West. She has testified before several congressional committees on energy and environmental topics, and is regularly quoted on western issues in national and regional media.

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Dan Byers

Vice President for Policy, Global Energy Institute
Class of 1997, Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences

Dan is vice president for policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Energy Institute. With a focus on environmental and regulatory policy issues, Dan develops and implements strategies in support of the Institute’s broader education and advocacy efforts. He frequently speaks and writes on energy policy and environmental regulatory issues and has been published in a number of prominent outlets.

Additional Opportunities

Virtual Event
Future of Electric Energy for an Industry in Transformation

Co-Hosted by FERC and Virginia Tech
Monday, April 26 and Tuesday, April 27