From the 31st USAEE/IAEE North American Conference - Austin, Texas: Nov. 4-7, 2012

Our 31st USAEE/IAEE North American Conference, held November 4-7 in Austin, Texas, was a great success, one of our largest conferences to date.  358 participants, including 98 students, attended from 28 US states and 29 foreign countries.  Very significantly, 145 participants were attending their first USAEE conference, definitely an encouraging sign for the future of our organization!

In addition to 8 plenary sessions, a competitive poster session and a first-ever first-ever student case study competiton, the concurrent sessions program featured 167 speakers in 44 panels covering a broad spectrum of energy economics' topics and interests.  Of these presentations, 53 were student presentations and 25 were in a newly-created category of "case studies", specifically designed to highlight the activities and achievements of of members who work in industry, government and consulting.

Selection of the presentations was the result of a competitive peer review.  315 abstracts were submitted for consideration, by far the largest number of submissions for our North American conferences.  Each proposal was reviewed by 3 USAEE/IAEE members with experience in the respective topic area.  Sincere appreciation is extended to reviewers, panel chairmen and, of course, the presenters, without whose efforts we would not have had as successful a program as was enjoyed by the participants in Austin.

To further share the success of our Concurrent Sessions program, ten participants have provided summaries of their presentations in the following sections of this issue of Dialogue.

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