Innovating Minds Lecture: Women in Clean Energy
3 Minute MISSion Innovation Team Presentations
Winning teams of female high-school & college students will present their projects from MISSion Innovation, organized by Pretty Brainy, focused on solutions supporting climate action, including clean energy, transportation, waste materials, behavior change, planning that is participatory and inclusive, and more. These teams are currently testing the feasibility of their prototypes, with ongoing support from the Energy Institute at CSU, the City of Fort Collins, and Pretty Brainy.
‘Many Ups and Downs: My Journey in Finding a Purpose In Clean Energy’
Maury Dobbie is the Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory. Since 2008, the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory has been a successful energy research partnership between Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado State University and National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She also splits her time as the External Relations Director for the Energy Institute at Colorado State University. The four Collaboratory entities co-hosted the 8th annual 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium and Maury has headed up the event since 2011. She was the former Assistant Director at the Center for the New Energy Economy founded by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter.
Maury began her entrepreneurial career at age 19 founding and operating six diverse companies, holding CEO or principal positions. Before joining CNEE, she was president/CEO of a regional not-for-profit economic development corporation in Northern Colorado. In 1994, Maury founded a video production company and expanded it rapidly into an award-winning multimedia enterprise, with a web-development department and live event services. Dobbie served as a board member on the Northern Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and has been a part of Colorado’s new energy economy initiative since 2006. She worked with industry partners to create Colorado State University’s Systems Engineering Program and the Clean Tech Certification Program at Front Range Community College.
Over the years, Maury has volunteered on many boards of directors. Maury was appointed by former Colorado Governor Bill Owens to serve on two state boards, Colorado Women’s Economic Development Council and the Colorado Film Commission. Appointed in 2009 by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, she has served as chair of the board for the Colorado Community College System, which oversees 13 community colleges in 38 locations around the state. Her commitment to the citizens of Colorado continues as she served on the state board when reappointed by former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. Maury is currently the chair of the Colorado C3E non-profit organization focused on encouraging women in STEM careers.