Riverside Chat Series Kick-Off for students: Energy and Sustainability - April 27

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

To watch the recording of the April 27 Riverside Chat, please click here.


Welcome to the kick-off Riverside Chat series designed to bring students and business executives together to discuss industry innovations and career opportunities. Hosted by the University District, the first interactive event on Tuesday, April 27 from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM features two, nationally-recognized leaders in Energy and Sustainability: Rich Christensen with Itron and Heather Rosentrater with Avista.

Students will hear about some amazing advances in energy and sustainability right here in Spokane and will be able to ask questions about promising career paths and other opportunities. Don’t miss this informative and engaging presentation. To register and/or to see the webinar recording after the fact, see the link below.


  • Rich Christiansen, VP of product development for the Networked Solutions Business, Itron - Rich has been responsible for research and development for numerous Itron product lines, including software applications, electricity, gas and water meters, and communications modules. Prior to joining Itron, Rich was a senior engineer and project lead for Motorola's Government Electronics Group in Scottsdale, Arizona.  
  • Heather Rosentrater, Senior VP, Energy Delivery and Shared Services, Avista Corp. – A Gonzaga alum, Heather is responsible for electric and natural gas engineering, operations, and shared services such as fleet, facilities, and supply chain at Avista. Heather has led Avista’s Grid Innovation, Smart Grid, and Smart City efforts, including representing Avista as a founding member of Urbanova, a living laboratory in Spokane, Wash., to design cities for the future. She also has broad experience on both the electric and natural gas sides of Avista Utilities, having managed departments and projects in transmission, distribution and SCADA, as well as asset management.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED (If you would like access to the post-event recording, please register)