Bauer Students Host Houston Youth For Future-Focused Energy Competition

Published on June 18, 2013

Bauer’s Finance Association Sponsors Energy City Competition
for Area Middle and High School Students

Bauer College Finance Association member Oscar Vaquerano (left) visits with a student team to assess their plan for Houston’s energy needs in 2050.

Bauer College Finance Association member Oscar Vaquerano (left) visits with a student team to assess their plan for Houston’s energy needs in 2050.

For students in the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, understanding the business of the energy industry is essential, and now, they’re teaching what they’ve learned to a younger generation of Houstonians.

In mid-May, the Finance Association, a Bauer student organization, hosted and sponsored 27 teams of middle and high school students for the Energy City of the Future 2050 competition, presented by the Harris County Department of Education’s Cooperative for After-School Enrichment (CASE).

“As part of this competition, students research the energy industry and local resources and create plans for Houston’s energy use in 2050 through their presentations,” CASE Director Lisa Caruthers said. “This collaboration shows that schools, industry and government must work together for the future growth of our city and nation. It is our hope that many of these kids will go on to be energy leaders of the future — engineers, CEOs, scientists and entrepreneurs.”

Competitors were asked to build scale models of Houston for the year 2050, demonstrating energy development, usage and delivery. They were also charged with developing a marketing campaign to explain how the energy industry plays a vital role in Houston’s future.

Judges used criteria including economic profitability, cost efficiency, and energy efficiency and environmental quality to determine top energy cities.  Each model city had to incorporate three types of energy, such as wind, petroleum, nuclear or solar power.

“It’s important for Bauer to partner with organizations like this because we want to put the University of Houston on the map,” said Nico Sullivan, president of the Finance Association and a finance senior. “Houston is the energy capital of the world, and the University of Houston should be the gateway to the energy industry. This competition is a stepping stone to making that dream a reality.”

Other event sponsors included GDF Suez, Consumer Energy Alliance, Sequent Energy Management, Education Foundation of Harris County, the Cooperative for After-School Enrichment and Harris County Department of Education.

By Amanda Sebesta