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Energy & Environment Seminar Series


Our future depends on finding solutions to intertwined energy and environmental challenges. The Delaware Energy Institute and the Delaware Environmental Institute are teaming up to offer a series of talks by University of Delaware researchers in our common areas of interest: energy, water, food, and climate. We hope to enhance our shared knowledge of the related research happening on campus and encourage collaborations.

Unless otherwise noted on the schedule below, all fall 2017 seminars will take place on Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. in Room 106 of the Center for Composite Materials at the southeast corner of Delaware Avenue and Academy Street.

If you're in Newark or nearby, we invite you to attend the talk in person — there wil be light refreshments! But if you can't attend in person, you may join the seminar remotely via WebEx, where you'll be able to hear the audio and see the PowerPoint slides. We will also record the talk for viewing afterward — see the links to each recorded talk in the full schedule below.

To join the seminar by John Byrne on Tuesday, December 12, on your computer, use this link.


Call in by phone using one of these numbers:
1-855-244-8681 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
1-650-479-3207 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)

Use this link to troubleshoot if you have trouble joining the seminar.


Our Next Seminar:

"New Strategies for the New Climate: Thoughts and Observations After the COP23 Bonn Meetings"
Tuesday, December 12, 4:00 p.m., 222 Harker ISE Lab

Note the unusual location for this seminar!

Photo of John ByrneJohn Byrne is Distinguished Professor of Energy and Climate Policy at UD and the director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP). He is also the co-founder and co-executive director of the Joint Institute for a Sustainable Energy and Environmental Future, an innovative research and policy advocacy organization headquartered in South Korea. He is a founding member of and served as the first research chair for the International Solar Cities Initiative, a pioneering program to assist cities around the world in building sustainable futures. He presently co-chairs the Sustainable Energy Utility Oversight Board, created by the Delaware General Assembly, and is the architect of this innovative concept for the promotion of energy efficiency, conservation, and distributed renewable energy generation. He has contributed to the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. In 2009, he received the American Institute of Architects Delaware Sustainability Award.



Fall 2017 Schedule
(Links will connect you to the recorded version of each talk)

Download a PDF flyer of the full schedule here.

Oct. 3
Steven Hegedus, Scientist, Institute for Energy Conversion, presents
“Research at the Institute for Energy Conversion on Advanced Silicon Solar Cell Device Structures.”

Oct. 11 (note that this is a Wednesday)
Bonnie Ram, Senior Researcher and Associate Director, Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration, presents
“Renewable Energy in Denmark and Delmarva: Transitioning to a Clean Energy Economy.”

Oct. 17
Bingqing Wei, Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, presents
“Nanomaterials for Energy Storage Applications”

Oct. 24
McKay Jenkins, Cornelius A. Tilghman Professor, Dept. of English, presents
“Highways, Subdivisions, and GMOs: An Environmental Humanities Look at the Way Americans Eat.”
(Due to technical difficulties, only 32 minutes of this presentation were recorded.)

Nov. 7
David Wunsch, State Geologist and Director, Delaware Geological Survey, presents
“Water Supply Management Issues in the Delaware River System: A Tale of Tunnels, Transfers, Tumult, and Trout Fishing.”

Nov. 14 (note that this takes place in 366 Colburn Lab)
Holly Michael, Unidel Fraser Russell Career Development Chair for the Environment, Dept. of Geological Sciences, and Associate Director of Environmental Initiatives, DENIN, presents
"Water Sustainability Challenges in the 21st Century"

Nov. 28
Benjamin Wollet, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of History
"Pumping Gas, Mobilizing Interests:  A History of Climate Change and Transportation, 1987-93."

Dec. 6 (note that this is a Wednesday)
Andreas Malikopoulos, Associate Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, presents
“A Decentralized Energy-Optimal Control Framework for Connected and Automated Vehicles”

Dec. 12 (note that this takes place in 222 ISE Lab)
John Byrne, Distinguished Professor of Energy and Climate Policy and Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, presents
“New Strategies for the New Climate: Thoughts and Observations After the COP23 Bonn Meetings”