After a grueling week tackling a complex energy hypothetical, a team of five Penn graduate students presented their findings to a panel of industry judges and secured second place in the 11th Annual Columbia University Energy Symposium Case Competition, sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton.
The national competition pulled in diverse teams from graduate programs across the United States, who developed responses to contemporary challenges facing the energy industry. Responses required an interdisciplinary approach, including expertise in business, finance, policy and energy technologies.
This year’s case study asked students to act as Chair of the Public Utility Commission in a state trying to balance renewable deployment and technology integration. Students addressed key policy issues including rates and subsidies for various stakeholders.
“Team Kleinman,” sponsored by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, won $1,500 following their successful 15-minute presentation.
Team members included:
Max Davidson—SAS, Master of Environmental Studies
Gregory Luehrs —Wharton, Master of Business Administration
Miriam Posner—SAS Fels, Master of Public Administration
Robert Ritchie—SEAS, Master of Science in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Applied Mechanics
Vishwanth Kumar Vankadari—SEAS, Master of Science in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Applied Mechanics