Without surprise, the field of energy has always been based on complex systems. What can be surprising is just how much insight and control Case Western Reserve University engineers are developing over these systems. Taking advantage of the cutting-edge breakthroughs in information science and data collection, CWRU's research is making even our most challenging energy systems less expensive, more reliable and better for the environment.
Dianne Anderson, executive director of CWRU's Great Lakes Energy Institute, will discuss how the University uses the historical trends of energy systems to predict future opportunities. Professor Roger French will provide an example by sharing how his team’s pioneering approach has radically extended the lifetime and value of solar energy systems – an approach they believe they can apply to any critical energy or medical device that must last reliably for years.
Professor Rigoberto Advincula joined Case Western Reserve University after a long tenure at the University of Houston and is finding his work in polymers to be directly applicable to the growing opportunities in natural gas, particularly Ohio and U.S. shale. With his strong research experience in design and characterization of polymers, the opportunities for polymer use in mechanical fracturing, cements and sands is gaining interest.
6:30 p.m. Welcome and Introduction - Daniel Ducoff 6:35 p.m. Dianne Anderson remarks 6:45 p.m. Roger French remarks 7:05 p.m. Q & A