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Celebration of Graduate Success

Friday, June 9, 2017
9:30 AM | Check-in
10:15 AM – 5:00 PM | Celebration Program
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM | Reception
University of California, Irvine | Newkirk Alumni Center

The Celebration is a day-long symposium that calls graduate and postdoctoral scholar alumni, campus leaders, current graduate, and postdoctoral scholars together to honor the success of our graduate community and to engage in a dialogue about its future. Today, more than ever, professional development is essential to success. No one understands this better than our alumni. And the time is now to create a world-class joint venture in graduate professional development between our alumni and campus communities. You are invited to take a seat at our table and lend your voice to the process.

In commemoration of UCI’s 50th anniversary, the inaugural 2016 Celebration of Graduate Success highlighted five decades of graduate program impact and some of our most successful graduate and postdoctoral scholar alumni. The event featured alumni speakers and panelists who represented the Bright Past. Brilliant Future. of UC Irvine’s graduate degree programs. On Friday, June 9, 2017, we will celebrate again. This year’s program will move the conversation along to focus on action that all graduate community stakeholders can take to help UCI build a stronger model for graduate professional success.

Please continue to check back as we add more details regarding this year's event.

Keynote Speaker: Bryan Hannegan, Ph.D.

Dr. Bryan Hannegan
Ph.D., Earth System Science, School of Physical Sciences, 2000
Associate Laboratory Director, Energy Systems Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

In this role, Bryan Hannegan leads NREL's global initiative to optimize links between electricity, fuel, thermal, water, and communication networks in order to enable a more sustainable society.

Prior to joining NREL, Hannegan held several research leadership positions in fossil energy, renewable energy, and environmental science and technology at the Electric Power Research Institute, the non-profit R&D arm of the electric power industry. Earlier in his career, Hannegan served as a senior energy advisor to President George W. Bush in staff positions for the Council on Environmental Quality and the National Economic Council, and he has also served as a staff scientist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Hannegan is a former elected Director of the Coastside County Water District, and he serves on numerous professional societies and commissions, including the California Council on Science and Technology, the American Meteorological Society's Board on Global Strategies, and the International Energy Agency's Renewable Energy Industry Advisory Board.

He holds a doctorate in earth system science and a master's in engineering, both from the University of California, Irvine, and a bachelor's in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.

In addition, Brian was recognized as an Honoree at the 2016 Celebration of Graduate Success for his impact in his field. He provided some insight on his professional journey in an interview for his recognition.

What role has your home department at UCI played in helping you accomplish your goals?
My department taught me how to integrate various physical sciences. I use this skill in my current work on energy system integration. I also gained leadership, policy, lab, and industry experience during my time at UCI. These experiences helped me advocate for environmental policy in my former roles as Chief of Staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as an acting Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy.

What is your vision for the next 10-20 years for your field or industry?
I am working to make our current energy system sustainable. We must make this system reliable, affordable, and a lot cleaner for the sake of the planet

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