The main component of the Energy Club education program revolves around "Energy Thursdays". The club meets once per week over lunch to hear speakers on a variety of topics within the industry and have the chance to ask questions and learn. Speakers include both students with significant expertise in an area, as well as senior executives from the industry. Past topics include "Private Equity in Oil & Gas", "Energy Storage", "Nuclear Energy 101", "Clean Tech Venture Capital", and more. Aside from gaining the chance to learn about different facets of the energy industry, Thursday lunches are a great chance to meet and network with fellow students and speakers.
The Energy Conference is one of the highlights of the club experience, and a great chance to both learn about the industry and network with alumni and executives. Please see the conference website for more information.
Each year students organize and attend treks to visit companies within a certain segment of the energy industry. These treks provide an excellent networking opportunity for both students and companies. Past treks include oil and gas banking in Houston, and clean energy in San Francisco.
The Wharton Energy Club actively seeks out opportunities for its members to compete against other schools in energy-focused events. In 2014, we sent individuals or teams to compete in different case competitions. 2015 highlights included sending students to the 6th Annual Renewable Energy Case Competition at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and the Fuels Institute "Future of Transportation" Case Competition.
Field trips and day trips to sites of interest are also organized by students throughout the year. Past field trips include visiting the PJM Interconnection Site, Atlantic City's Wind, Solar, and Wastewater Treatment Facility, and a midstream operator's field site.
Check out our views and insights in our weekly Energy Blog, at https://energywharton.com/. Contributions are from MBA candidates on a variety of topics.