Ecotech Institute hosts clean tech leaders and VIPs for new campus event
May 13, 2011
Holding the scissors to officially open the new Ecotech Institute campus are Michael Seifert, Ecotech President (fifth from left); Tom Moore, President/CEO, ECA; and Ed Tauer, Mayor of Aurora. They are surrounded by local public officials and economic development representatives.
Movers and shakers in the national clean tech / green energy sector were in Aurora, CO (metro Denver area) on April 28 for the grand opening of the new campus for Ecotech Institute, the first and only college focused entirely on preparing America's workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainable design.
Speakers included Michael Seifert, President, Ecotech Institute; Doug Nieb, VP of Human Resources, RES Americas; Carol Sue Tombari, Manager of Stakeholder Initiatives, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Tom Moore, CEO, Education Corporation of America (ECA).
Ecotech Institute's board of advisors collaborated on the college's unique, hands-on curriculum. Board members in attendance were:
- Dr. Abbas Ghassemi, Professor, Chemical Engineering, New Mexico State University; Executive Director, Institute for Energy & Environment
- Alden Zeitz, Director of North American Operations, DeWind Co.
- Colin M. Coyne, Managing Principal, Coyne Group; Lecturer of Sustainable Enterprise at Kellogg School of Business
- Craig Mataczynski, Former Chief Executive, Gradient Resources; Chairman, Ecologic Analytics
- Declan Flanagan, President & CEO, Lincoln Renewable Energy LLC
- Janelle Kellman, In-house Counsel, Pacific Gas and Electric
- Ghazi Darkazalli, President, Marian Court College
- Timothy Callahan, Partner, Paul Hastings/Chicago
Ecotech Institute is owned and operated by Birmingham, Ala.-based Education Corporation of America (ECA). Other ECA schools include Virginia College, Golf Academy of America and the online programs of Virginia College.