Colorado State University Experts to Discuss Clean Energy Innovation at Jan. 27 Denver Seminar

Note to Reporters: Reporters interested in attending the event should contact Emily Wilmsen no later than noon on Thursday, Jan. 27.

A panel of experts from Colorado State University will discuss the university’s work that combines innovative energy research with business at the monthly “Savvy Salon.” The event, hosted by the CSU Alumni Association and Women’s Vision Foundation, will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the CSU Denver Center, 475 17th St.

Tim Reeser, chief operating officer of Cenergy; Amy Prieto, chemistry professor; and Christian L’Orange, graduate student in the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory, will describe insight into their work in clean energy research and development at Colorado State. The discussion will be moderated by Amy Parsons, vice president for University Operations.

Registration for the event is $25 for Women’s Vision members and $35 for non-members at CSU alumni may visit to register and receive a special registration rate.

About the speakers:

In his role at Cenergy, the business arm of CSU’s Clean Energy Supercluster, Reeser focuses on bridging the gap between clean energy research and the marketplace. Reeser is a graduate of Colorado State and has a long history of entrepreneurship in Colorado. He builds relationships with businesses and seeks new opportunities for clean energy innovation developed through university research. One of Cenergy’s goals is to establish new business alliances and support research-based startup companies that focus on clean energy.

Prieto, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, is also part of Cenergy. In 2009, she co-founded Prieto Battery, Cenergy’s first startup company. Prieto Battery is expected to produce batteries that are up to 1,000 times more powerful and 10 times longer lasting than traditional batteries, all for a lower cost. The development of this technology could revolutionize the military, automobile and healthcare industries.

L’Orange is a graduate researcher in the Global Innovations Center and Advanced Cookstoves Lab in the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory. He is seeking a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. His work focuses on the development of biomass cookstoves and the measurement of toxins released by their use. Reducing the toxins associated with cookstove use helps improve human health and environmental conditions in developing nations.

The Women’s Vision Foundation seeks to establish enlightened women as leaders in corporations through networking and education.

This event is co-hosted by the Colorado State University Alumni Association. For more information, visit