Wednesday, November 9, 2022
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM EST

A major key to tackling climate change is the decarbonization through electrification: every technology that uses fossil fuels will need to pivot to electricity for their source of energy.  The power system that generates and transmits electrical power to each of these industries is at the center of this call to action. The 14th Annual Duke Energy Conference will explore the opportunities and challenges on the pathway to the sustainable and equitable decarbonization of our power system.  

Current Duke University undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to learn and network in-person at the Conference by joining us at the Fuqua School of Business—even if you can only come for part of the time! Lunch and a light breakfast will be provided for you to enjoy, followed by reception.  Industry professionals and university students and faculty across the world are invited to join us for these exciting conversations. 


Danielle W. Merfeld, Ph.D. 

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer 

GE Renewable Energy 

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As Chief Technology Officer of GE Renewable Energy, Danielle leads technical efforts to develop differentiated products and services across the broadest renewable energy and grid portfolio in the industry. She also champions sustainability efforts across the business and is on the leadership team for the GE Women’s Network. She was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2021. 

Danielle received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University. She serves on the Board of Trustees at the University of Notre Dame and on the advisory board of Texas A&M University’s Smart Grid Center.  Danielle is also an Ambassador to the Equality in Energy Transitions initiative representing the United States, she serves on the Export Import Bank of the United States Council on Climate, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering’s President’s Business Advisory Committee and is on the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Advisory Council. 

Panel: Modernizing the Grid

Panel: Next Generation Energy Ventures 

Panel: Financing the Energy Transition

Panel: Energy Demand Innovations

Alumni Power Pitch