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2016 World Energy Engineering Congress Outreach to Women

Above, the Women in Energy group at Columbia University

Annual Energy Conference Heading to Washington DC


The 39th World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) will be held September 21-23 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. More than 3,500 people are expected to attend workshops, speeches, and other events.

[Check out STEM Rules coverage of energy-related topics.]

WEEC calls itself “the largest energy conference and technology expo held in the U.S. specifically for business, industrial and institutional energy users.”

The event’s  annual host is the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). It has has more than 17,500 professional members in 98 countries.

WEEC Special Event for Women in Energy

A free Council for Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) networking breakfast will be held on Thursday, September 22nd from 7:30-9:00 AM.It will focus on “developing a prominent voice for women in the energy industry.”

[Check out the Women in STEM at the US Dept. of Energy website.]

CWEEL is a division of the Association of Energy Engineers which supports women in the energy and environmental industries, assists in their career development, and mentors women aspiring to leadership.

[Watch the “Yes, There are Women in Energy” video.]


Christine Harada

Christine Harada, the White House Federal Chief Sustainability Officer, Office of Federal Sustainability, is the breakfast’s featured speaker.

[Visit the Association of Women in Energy website.]

Harada has two degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute. She also earned another MS degree in Aeronautics/Astronautics from Stanford University and has a BS in Aeronautics/Astronautics degree at MIT.

The Women of Color on the CWEEL Board of Directors


Monica Watkins

Monica Watkins is Director of Energy & Environmental Programs for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City.

She earned her MBA in Finance from Loyola College, now Loyola University, and as a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park. She is also a graduate of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.


Nandini Mouli

Nandini Mouli is President, Founder and CEO of e Sai Consulting, an energy and environmental engineering consulting company located at Reisterstown, Maryland.

Mouli is also a business manager at the Maryland Energy Administration and consults on commercial, industrial and institutional businesses. Before starting her own business, she managed energy and chemical businesses in DuPont for 22 years.

Mouli, a native of Tamil Nadu in south India, received her PhD and MA in Chemistry from Boston University and both a BS and MS in Chemistry from Annamalai University.

Other Events at the World Energy Engineering Congress 

WEEC Addresses:

Issues to be discussed include “energy resiliency and security, international efficiency projects, the growing importance of water, wastewater treatment, renewable energy and leveraging data analytics.”

WEEC Topics:

There will be 14 tracks with over 250 speakers from more than 20 different countries. Session topics will include “industrial energy management, green and high performance buildings, sustainable development, emerging energy trends, as well as big data and IoT.”

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