The Organization As a four-service public utility, Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) provides electricity, natural gas, water and wastewater services to the Pikes Peak region. Since it is municipally owned, their customers have a voice in how their utility operates, setting CSU apart from many other utilities companies in the country.
The ProjectThe energy market is currently undergoing unprecedented, rapid change. Technology, infrastructure and strategy considered cutting-edge less than ten years ago is increasingly providing obsolete or no longer appropriate for the realities of the third decade of the 21st century. Unexpected market realities – from natural gas availability to the possibility of carbon-emission caps or targets – are raising questions of whether fuel switching may achieve short-term progress at the expense of long-term opportunity. Most of the energy we currently use in our homes comes from electricity and natural gas. Where will our energy come from in 20 years? What about 50? Identify how trends in energy production will influence the future of energy in the Pikes Peak region.
Deliverables include1. Recommendations for ideal energy sources for home and small commercial businesses. 2. Assessment of impact of electric vs. gas energy sources for end-uses.
The TeamTeams are comprised of 4-5 students or recent grads from our 4 partner schools. We are looking for students and recent graduates from CC, UCCS, PPCC and the U.S. Air Force who have experience or interest in one or more of:• Electrical engineering; mechanical engineering; environmental engineering; civic engineering • Critical thinking and analysis • Applied problem solving; creative problem solving• Business; economics; finance• Environmental science
Eligibility/Minimum QualificationsThis opportunity is open to all current students and graduates within 3 years of graduation from CC, UCCS, PPCC, and the US Air Force Academy (with approval), regardless of major or academic track. Admissions decisions will be made on the basis of demonstrated attitude, aptitude, and overall project fit. Although many aspects of the project pertain to business and entrepreneurship, the Quad actively encourages students who focus in the arts and humanities to apply considering their demonstrated proficiency in applied critical thinking, creative problem solving. In general, strong applicants:• Are in good academic standing • Demonstrate their ability to think creatively, critically, conceptually and respond positively to feedback• Can work productively on teams and achieve results in a fast-paced environment• Possess a growth mindset (see problems as opportunities)• Demonstrate their ability to work inclusively across demographic lines• Show strong relevant experience or interest
Faculty Advisor: Professor Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk from the United States Air Force Academy Each of our projects has a faculty advisor to provide mentorship to the teams. Jeff Kaczmarczyk developed and taught the Military Innovation course, Strategic Studies course, and the Space Strategy course at the U.S Air Force Academy. Beyond teaching, he has supported worldwide military and intelligence operations and has lead, developed, and implemented the National Space Policy for the Department of Defense Executive Agent for Space.
Benefits to YouThis is an opportunity to build your network, expand your experience, make an impact on our community, meet influential leaders, and open professional opportunities that will benefit you far beyond graduation. It's also a chance to go several steps beyond theoretical, conceptual classroom work to develop and deliver products of tactical value to a local business.
Logistics: This opportunity is offered with a stipend of $1200 and will start on February 11th and end May 10th. The workload is 10 hours per week for 10 weeks. Please note as you apply that we expect the full 10 hours of work each week.
Are you ready to make an impact? Applications due January 30th.