Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Energy

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Gates manages risks

La Follette School alum Robin Gates sees his career as a management consultant—and life in general—as a series of calculated risks, leading to the reward of making a difference through public service. Taking risks and continuing to improve are vital, Gates says.

The La Follette School helped Kathryn Reif come out of her analytical shell. Trained as a mechanical engineer, she wanted to learn more about the legal policies that were shaping the future of her employer, Alliant Energy.
Two students who won a U.S. Department of Energy competition will explain their proposal about how to make solar energy more affordable on Tuesday, September 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in 6201 Microbial Sciences.
Two La Follette School students won the U.S. Department of Energy portion of the Startup America Policy Challenge with their proposal about how to make solar energy more affordable.

At the International Trade Administration, Julius Svoboda works to give U.S. oil and gas companies better access to foreign markets.

Nick Levine came to the La Follette School to pick up a few more analysis tools. "I have a background in the humanities, in East Asian studies with an emphasis on China," Levine says, "but my analysis suffered from a lack of understanding involving the economics, statistics and legal precedents used in the law and social sciences."

After a few years with Madison health-care software company Epic, Sam Shannon started thinking about his next career move. His interest in electricity brought him to the La Follette School.

Contributions from alumni and friends of the La Follette School are helping two students focus their public affairs careers on energy analysis and health-care management.

Moving people and goods efficiently is a priority for alum Jason Bittner, the new director of the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida.

The opportunities and challenges encountered in the development of renewable energies to offset climate change is the subject of the Wisconsin International Law Journal 2012 Symposium on Friday, March 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Law School.
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