Thanks to all who attended and contributed to the Symposium!

If you would like to be notified of future events of this type, please email rdurbin@ucmerced.edu.


Solar Energy Scholarships Announced

Congratulations to UC Merced graduate students Kevin Balkoski and Uday Bali, recipients of the inaugural Dan David Scholarship for Solar Energy Research. This scholarship was established when National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Principal Scientist Sarah Kurtz donated her portion of the prestigious Dan David Prize to UC Merced. The recipients were announced at a symposium awards dinner sponsored by the Dan David Foundation and the UC Merced Energy Research Institute (UCMERI). Pictured are (L to R) UC Merced Chancellor Steve Kang, Kevin Balkoski, Uday Bali, Sarah Kurtz, and UC Merced Professor Roland Winston.

Solar Energy: Today and Tomorrow

A Symposium at the University of California, Merced

Sponsored by the Dan David Foundation

and the

UC Merced Energy Research Institute


Friday, September 26th, 2008, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm



This symposium is designed to promote public knowledge regarding present and future solar energy technologies, and to examine the current state of the solar energy industry in California and beyond.



Individuals, corporations, researchers and public officials interested in gaining a fundamental knowledge of current and emerging solar technologies and policies.


Featured Presenters

Nicola Cabibbo, Professor, University of Rome, Sapienza and President, Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Paul Douglas, Manager of Renewable Procurement and Resource Planning, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

Martha Krebs, Deputy Director for Energy Research and Development, California Energy Commission

Sarah Kurtz, Principal Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Arno Penzias, Venture Partner, New Enterprise Associates

Roland Winston, Professor of Natural Sciences & Engineering Chair, University of California, Merced

Jeff Wright, Dean of Engineering, University of California, Merced

Admission is Free

There is no charge to attend.  The Symposium includes breakfast, lunch, and a recognition dinner honoring Jerry Olson and Sarah Kurtz of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, recipients of the prestigious Dan David Prize (click here to read press release).