Past Speakers

Transforming Energy Lectures

The Energy Research Center sponsors the Transforming Energy Lecture Series to facilitate a broad discussion on the engineering challenges of developing breakthrough energy technology for a sustainable future.  In partnership with the Clark School of Engineering, UMERC hosts leading thinkers and technologists from academia, industry, and government.  These lectures provide viewpoints on energy challenges and discuss exciting new scientific and engineering breakthroughs that may impact the future development of a sustainable energy infrastructure for our nation. The lectures, held once per monthl on the University of Maryland campus, are open to all interested parties in the D.C. area.

The nation's security and economic health are dependent upon access to stable, secure sources of affordable energy. Increasing global demand for energy and the looming peak in global production of readily accessible fossil fuels (other than coal) present the greatest of engineering challenges — to develop a future sustainable energy infrastructure. For our nation, the development of breakthrough energy technologies provides the best hope for achieving both a sustainable energy infrastructure and increased independence from foreign fuel sources. Investments in energy science and engineering will be critical for establishing sustainable domestic fuel supplies and improved efficiency for environmentally-friendly energy conversion devices while sustaining our economic health. Such "solutions" to the energy crisis will almost certainly require implementation of multiple emerging technologies (e.g. biomass, solar technology, advanced nuclear reactors, fuel cells, etc.) that will impact specific energy sectors in different ways.


January 10, 2017, 10am

Dr. Yuki Katoh
Senior Manager and Scientist, Toyota
"Sulfate-based Solid-State Batteries"

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October 21st, 11am
Debra R. Rolison
ACS Fellow
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Combined lecture with the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Seminar Series
"Enhancing electrochemical energy storage on the macroscale via architectural design on the nanoscale"
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February 16, 2016
Alison Taylor
Vice President, Sustainability & City Strategy
Siemens Infrastructure & Cities
"Sustainability and Innovation at Siemens"
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January 28, 2016
Jigar Shah
President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital
“Creating Climate Wealth”
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December 3, 2015
Maria Korsnick
Chief Operating Officer
Nuclear Energy Institute
"Nuclear Energy’s Vital Role in America’s Diverse Electricity System"
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November 13, 2015
Dr. Harry Tuller
Professor of Ceramics and Electronic Materials
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
co-sponsored by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Series
"Thin Film Solid State Ionics: Defects, Transport and Electrocatalytic Properties"
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September 2, 2015
Dr. Ju Li
Battelle Energy Alliance Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Elastic Strain Engineering for Unprecedented Materials Properties"
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June 1, 2015
Dr. Mogens Bjerg Mogensen
Research Professor, Department of Energy Conversion and Storage
Technical University of Denmark
“Electrochemical active ceramics in SOFC anodes”
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May 11, 2015
Dr. Julio Friedmann
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
"Future of Fossil Energy in a Carbon Constrained World"
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April 1, 2015
Patrick B. Davis
Director, Vehicle Technologies Program Office, Department of Energy
"Advanced Vehicle Technologies - Challenges, Opportunities and Trends in Addressing Petroleum Dependency and Climate Change"
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February 6, 2015
Dr. Paul Sotkiewicz
Chief Economist - Market Services Division, PJM Interconnection
"The Effect of EPA's Proposed Clean Power Plan on PJM's Markets: An Economic Analysis"
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February, 2014
Esther S. Takeuchi
SUNY Distinguished Professor
"Toward the Bionic Human: New Cathode Materials for Longer Life Medical Batteries"
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February, 2014
Doreen Edwards
Dean of the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University
"Ceramic Thermoelectrics for High-Temperature Energy Recovery"
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November, 2013
Dr. Steven J. Visco
Chief Executive Office and CTO, Polyplus Battery Company
"Roadmap to Next Generation Batteries (Lithium-Air, Lithium-Sulfur, and Lithium-Water) based on PolyPlus Protected Lithium Electrodes"
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October, 2013
Rhonda Pope
U.S. Black Oil Optimizer, ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company
"About Natural Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing"
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May, 2013
Dr. Yury Cogotsi
Department of Materials Science and Engineering and A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute
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December, 2012
Dr. James Klausner
Ebaugh Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Gainesville, FL
"High Temperature Thermochemical Conversion: Coal to Hydrogen and Sunlight to Fuel"
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November 2012
Dr. John E. Kelly
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Nuclear Reactor Technologies, Office of Nuclear Energy, DOE
"Analysis of the Accident at Fukushima"
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November, 2012
Dr. Eric Miller
US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Fuel Cell Technologies Program
"Critical Materials Challenges in Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Production"
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September, 2012
Victor R. Abate
Vice President, Renewable Energy, General Electric
"Renewable Energy Today and Beyond"
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July, 2012
Dr. Yue Qi
Chemical Sciences and Materials Processes Lab, General Motors R&D Center
"Computational Material Design - From Hard Coatings to Soft Membranes"
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May, 2012
VADM Dennis McGinn
(USN, Retired) President, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)
"United States Energy Security: Challenges and Opportunities"
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April, 2012
James L. Connaughton
Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Public & Environmental Policy, Contellation Energy
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March, 2012
Subhash C. Singhal
Batelle Fellow Emeritus, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
"Status of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Research and Industry"
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February, 2012
Dr. Bruce Logan
Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering and Director, Engineering Energy & Environmental Institute
Penn State University
"Bioelectrochemical Systems for Energy Production and the Generation of Other Value-Added Products"
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December, 2011
Dr. Richard L. Garwin
IBM Fellow Emeritus, IBM Thomas Watson Center
"The Future of Nuclear Energy"
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November, 2011
Dr. Cynthia Lundgren
Army Research Lab
"Electrochemical Power and Energy in Support of the Warfighter"
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October, 2011
Dr. Mark D. Allendorf
Energy Nanomaterials Department, Sandia National Laboratories
"Nano-to-Macro Materials Solutions to Renewable Energy Production and Storage"
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April, 2011
Hershel Specter
RBR Consultants, Inc.
"A Call to Action"
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April, 2011
Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos
Tufts University
"Nanocatalysis for Sustainable Energy"
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March, 2011
Dr. Victor Der
U.S. Department of Energy
"U.S. Energy Framework and the U.S. Department of Energy's Fossil Energy Program for Carbon Capture and Storage"
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February, 2011
Prof. Al Weimer
University of Colorado
"Renewable Solarthermal Production of Fuels from Biomass and Water"
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November, 2010
Anthony Dean
Colorado School of Mines
"Free Radical Chemistry and its Role in Energy Research"
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May, 2010
Imre Gyuk
Program Manager, Energy Storage Research, U.S. Department of Energy
"Energy Storage for a Greener and More Reliable Grid"
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March, 2010
Tien Duong
U.S. Department of Energy Office of Vehicle Technology
"Advanced Batteries for Transportation Applications"
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April 2009
Raymond Orbach
former director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science
"Goals and Challenges in Energy Security"
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April, 2009
Dr. Eric Wachsman
Florida Institute for Sustainable Energy
"Deconvolution of SOFC Cathode Polarization"
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April, 2009
Robert Hwang
"Nanoscience for a Secure Energy Future: Science and Technology at Sandia National Laboratories"
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February, 2009
Günther Scherer
Paul Scherrer Institut
"Contribution of Electrochemical Energy Devices to a Sustainable Mobility"
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June, 2008
Valerie Sarisky-Reed
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
"Challenges and Strategies of a Successful National Biofuels Program"
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February, 2008
Peter N. Pintauro
Case Western University
"In Pursuit of the Ideal Fuel Cell Membrane: How Close are We?"
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January, 2008
Mark Kushner
Iowa State University
"Plasmas for Energy Efficient Materials Processing"
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October, 2007
Steven E. Koonin
Chief Scientist, BP
"Technologies for Secure and Sustainable Energy"
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April, 2007
Michael Corradini
University of Wisconsin
"Supercritical Fluids: Applications for Future Nuclear Plant Designs"
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March, 2007
Geo Richards
National Energy Technology Laboratory
"Energy Systems for a Carbon Constrained World"
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February, 2007
Jon Bloom
Exxon Mobile
"LNG: The Future of Gas"
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December, 2006
Dr. Patricia Dehmer
Department of Energy
"Science, Scientists and Our Energy Future"
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November, 2006
John A. Turner
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
"Hydrogen from Sunlight and Water: the Sustainable Hydrogen Economy"
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September, 2006
Jefferson W. Tester
H.P. Meissner Professor of Chemical Engineering
"Transitioning to a Sustainable Energy Future"
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