Ferris Set to Host Fourth Michigan Energy Conference

Brian CraigFerris State University’s fourth annual Michigan Energy Conference has a mission to generate innovation this week Wednesday and Thursday, April 13 and 14, to spark future change in energy and technology.

Two days of nonstop presentations about energy, innovation and technology begin with registration on Wednesday, April 13 at 8 a.m. This year’s conference will be held at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Big Rapids and is open to the public. Registration fees do apply. Students from any Michigan college or university are welcome to attend at no cost.

“We think it’s important for our university, because a lot of the heritage of Ferris is in technology and innovation,” said Brian Craig, co-chair of MEC and director of Ferris’ School of Built Environment. “That’s what this conference is all about for organizers and attendees.”

Presentations include “Chevrolet Volt and General Motors” with Kristin B. Zimmerman, of General Motors Research and Development and the Volt Infrastructure Team and “The New Energy Star” featuring Arn McIntyre, Ferris’ Energy Center coordinator.

This year’s MEC topic tracks include: code and regulatory updates, facilities and energy optimization case studies, energy and sustainability, energy models and applications, energy education, facilities and energy optimization case studies, science of energy and residential.

“I’m excited because it’s an opportunity to bring the resources of Ferris to bare and demonstrate our leadership in energy, innovation and technology,” Craig said.

Craig hopes that anyone who attends is “better informed and energized about future possibilities.” Industry leaders from education, energy, energy management, public policy/governance, construction and transportation fields throughout the state will be present.

More than 30 speakers will be visiting Ferris from other Michigan colleges and universities to attend the conference. Representing Ferris will be McIntyre, Doug Zentz, associate Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration professor; Mike Korcal, associate HVACR professor; and Brian Holten, associate HVACR professor.

Anyone who is interested in attending the MEC is encouraged to register online prior to arrival, but registration is open throughout the event. The two-day registration fee is $250, a Wednesday-only fee is $150, a Thursday-only fee is $150, a two-day educator fee is $140, and the per-day educator fee is $75. For more information on the order of events or to register, visit www.ferris.edu/mec.

11 April, 2011