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UC Merced students Jordyn Brinkley and Kaycee Chang man the welcome table.


UC Solar Executive Director Ron Durbin welcomes the attendees.


UC Solar Director Roland Winston (left) introduces the day's first presenter--UC Santa Barbara's Umesh Mishra.


Professor Mishra gets the day off the a resounding start.


Professor Winston introduces California Secretary of State Alex Padilla.


Secretary Padilla explains how he went from being an MIT-educated mechanical engineer to a life in public service.


The members of the UC Solar team take time out to pose for a Facebook shot with Secretary Padilla.


The morning poster session begins.



 Poster contest winner, and UC Merced graduate student, Brandi McKuin discusses the viability of solar panels on California's aqueducts.



 Howard Branz kicks off the morning's second session.



 Hybrids and high temperatures are keys to Howard's thinking on renewable energy storage.



 Hamid Abbasi of the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) talks hybrid solar systems.



 Hamid seems pretty relaxed in front of a crowd.



 Roland Winston introduces CEC Commissioner David Hochschild.



 Commissioner Hochschild discusses California's clean energy future.



 Meeting with students is one of the key benefits of attending these symposia.



 Lunch is served on the patio.



 UC Riverside's Alfredo Martinez-Morales (left) and UC Santa Cruz's Michael Isaacson (second from left) and Patrick Mantey (center) interact with attendees over box lunches.



 After lunch it's back to the poster session to cast those audience votes.


More posters and a bit of networking.


UC Irvine's Matt Law is working on next-generation photovoltaics.


Entech CEO David Gelbaum compares skylights to PV in big box stores. Spoiler alert... skylights come out on top.


After the presentation Roland Winston (left) and David Gelbaum are all smiles.


Another shot of the poster session, which gets more participation each year.


Matt Law seems to be learning something new from this poster presenter.


UC Riverside's Alfredo Martinez-Morales is becoming a fixture at these events, in the same way that UCR is a fixture in the energy management arena.


After a successful stint at UC Davis (where else), David Phillips was recently appointed to the position of Associate Vice President for Energy and Sustainability at the UC Office of the President. Here he tells the crowd how he did it.


 UC Solar Administrative Specialist Robyn Lukens (second from right) relaxes with team members as the day's events wind down.


The UC Solar team from UC Merced after a long and very successful symposium. See you all next year!