News And Events
DIGITAL 360 SUMMIT
On May 21-22, STAR Park co-hosted the first annual Digital 360 Summit. An invitation only event held in conjunction with CMG, brought 100 of the nation's thought leaders in SMART infrastructure, buildings and utilities together for a series of workshops and panel presentations exploring the future of technology applications. A representative sample of attendees included: Jay Zoellner, CEO of Edison Energy; Michael Pesin, Deputy Assist. Sec. for Advanced Grid R&D at DOE; Mike Bates, GM for Energy Solutions, Intel; Brad Williams, VP Industry Strategy, Oracle; Steve Tarnowski, Director Electric Vehicles, General Motors; Mike Carlson, President Digital Grid North America at Siemens; Jon Wellinghoff, Former FERC Chairman; Charles Dickerson, COO at Austin Energy; George Bjelovuk, VP of Energy Solutions at Siemens; Kenan Ogleman, VP of Commercial Operations at ERCOT; Paul Lau, Chief Grid Officer at SMUD; Lawanda Parnell, CIO at PEC; Scott Hinson, CTO at Pecan Street; Arun Vedhathiri, Director of New Energy Solutions at National Grid; Greg Tamberlane, VP of Digital Assets Solutions at Signature Bank; Jim Steffes, EVP of Corporate Affairs at Direct Energy / Centrica; and Ron Zimmer, CEO CABA.
At the event, Texas State University Provost Gene Bourgeois announced a new initiative to make STAR Park a "research neighborhood" available for collaborative research, demonstration projects and experiential learning. SMART components will be incorporated into the design of all new development at the 58 acre research park. Dr. Bourgeois said;" We have assembled the foundation for a robust and unique program driving the future of the built environment. We are seeking strong industry partnerships to work with us to make that vision a reality and we look forward to engaging with you as we move forward."
MSEC Entreprenuer Teams to Compete
Congratulations to MSEC entrepreneurial teams, SurgePower Materials and TX20! The two Texas State University student groups are among the eight collegiate finalists chosen to compete in the annual Ocean Exchange BIG Pitch event Oct. 7 – 9 in Savannah, Georgia.
Surge Power Materials and TX20 student innovation teams will present in front of delegates from business, non-government organizations, academia and government. The winning pitch receives a $10,000 cash award, sponsored by the Georgia Southern University College of Business Administration.
The undergraduate and graduate innovations competing were selected because of their intent to improve economies, health, and the environment, and fit under the theme of sustainability.
OceanExchange.org is a 501c3 with the sole mission to help advance the adoption of solutions in the field of sustainability.
-Sandra Pantlik | October 2, 2018