McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environment Partnership
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Academic Year 2014 - 2015

Spring 2015

February 4, 2015
• Akshay Gopan, WUStL PhD Student
  Tamara Slater, WUStL Law Student
  Teddy Simons, WUStL UG Student
  Nick Annin, WUStL UG Student
  Jessica Rudnick, WUStL UG Student
  EECE, Washington University in St. Louis
     Experiences from UNFCCC COP 20 at Lima, Peru

March 4, 2015
• John Burns, Retired, Facilities Engineer, U.S. Steel
• Ryan Corrigan, Project Mechanical Engineering, 8760 Engineering
• Annie Smith, Mechanical Engineer, Ross & Baruzzini, Inc.

   " Association of Energy Engineers: An Overview"
    a. Introduction of the AEE
    b. Desription of various jobs AEE members have
    c. List of various companies AEE members work for
    d. Overview of industry topics AEE members deal with
    e. Technical presentation
        ~ An example of how we apply a given topic


April 1, 2015
• Tim Michels, President, Energy Resources Group, Inc.
• Ray Ehrhard, Research Associate, WUStL

    "Retrocommissioning Study Results of Brauer Hall"

May 6, 2015 - 4:30pm
Givens Hall, room 113
(note altered time & location)

  "Sustainability Exchange Class Presentations - A Community and University Practicum"

      Come view student projects and meet the teams that worked on a series of projects ranging from renewable energy to environmental issues to energy efficiency.

Refreshments will be available.


ACADEMIC YEAR  2014 - 2015

 FALL 2014

September 3, 2014
•  Liz Kramer, Assistant Director
   Community-Based Design & Sustainability, Washington Univesity in St. Louis

   "CUSP Initiative and new Sustainability Exchange class"

October 1, 2014
•  David Fike, Associate Professor
   Environmental Studies Program, Department of Earth Sciences
   Washington University in St. Louis

    "Undergradute Environmental Studies Major"

November 5, 2014
    - Shane Carr, EECE Junior
    - Grace Counts, EECE Sophomore
    - Rett Hooper, EECE Sophomore
    - Ian Wiseman, EECE Sophomore
    - Guo Zhihong, EECE Sophomore
Coordinators:  P. Ramachandran, EECE Professor and Ray Ehrhard, Research Associate

     "International Experience Program: Singapore 2014"

ACADEMIC YEAR  2013 - 2014


February 5, 2014
• Jake Lyonsfield, School of Engineering, WUStL
• Rachel Westrate, Arts & Science, WUStL
• Alex Bluestone, Arts & Science, WUStL
• Breanna Swensen, Arts & Science, WUStL
     Inside the International Climate Negotiations
[Host: Beth Martin]

April 2, 2014
• John Murphy, Ray Ehrhard, & Tim Michels, Dept. of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
   Washington Universtiy in St. Louis
   "A Proposed Energy Efficiency Initiative in Pursuit of Sustainability on the Washington University Campus"
[Host: Dr. Biswas]

May 7, 2014
• Daniel Conner, Financial Advisor
   Morgan Stanley
   "Environmentally Responsible Investing"
[Host: Dr. Biswas]


FALL 2013

September 4, 2013
•  Dane Glueck, President, Straight Up Solar
    Sun and Bones after Wash U: A Brief Summary of Solar in the St. Louis Region from an Orthopedic Surgeon and Solar Believer
[Host: Dr. Biswas]

October 2, 2013
Josh Campbell, J.D., Executive Director, Missouri Energy Initiative
James Fischer, Ph.D., P.E., and MEI Board Member
    The Role of Engineering in Public Policy

[Host: Dr. Pakrasi]

December 4, 2013
•  Art Johnson, Managing Partner, Hydrate Energy International, LLC
   Methane Hydrates Resource Potential and Technology Development Agenda with Emphasis on Asia
[Host: Dr. Biswas]


ACADEMIC YEAR  2012 - 2013


February 6, 2013
• Pratim Biswas, Bill Lowry, & Phil Valko, Washington University
  Sustainable Community Networks

March 6, 2013
Beth Martin & Maxine Lipeles, Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic, Washington University School of Law
   Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic: Experiential Learning and Community Service

April 3, 2013
• Matt Lawder, Chris Singer, and Akshay Gopan, Ph.D. Students
   Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
   Washington University in St. Louis
   "Global Energy Scenario: What must we do going ahead?"

May 1, 2013
John Fortner, Washington University
   Water Quality Implications of Hydraulic Fraturing for Shale Gas Production

 FALL 2012

September 5, 2012
• Dr. Mark Conradi, Washington University
   Magnetic Resonance to Understand CO2 Chemical and Physical Trapping
[Host: Dr. Axelbaum]

October 3, 2012
Dr. Sanjini Nanayakkara, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

   Measuring Charge Distribution in single hetrostructured nanorods using scanning Kelvin probe microscopy
   [Host: Dr. Banerjee]

November 7, 2012

• Dr. Anna Leavy, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, WUStL
   The Impact of biomass-burning cookstoves on indoor air quality, and factors influencing the pollutant concentrations

• Dr. Ajay Sheshadri, MD, Pulmonary Fellow, WUStL, School of Medicine
   The Impact of Biomass Combustion on Respiratory Health

• Nishesh Chalise, PhD Candidate, Brown School of Social Work, WUStL
   Systems approach to understanding barriers to sustained use of improved cookstoves

[Host: Dr. Biswas]

 ACADEMIC YEAR  2011 - 2012

September 7, 2011
Jeremy Pivor & Summer Zhao,
Washington University
"Washington University Students for International Collaboration on the Environment": (WUSICE): The Undergraduate Perspective the Environment": (WUSICE): The Undergraduate Perspective

October 5, 2011
Sachin Warghade, Fullbright Scholar
Washington University
"Electricity for Urban Industrial Development or Water for Agriculture: Policy & Technological Challenges of Water-Energy Nexus in India"

November 2, 2011
Dr. William Pickard, Senior Professor, Dept. of Electrical & Systems Engineering
Washington University
Confronting the Intermittency Challenge  

February 1, 2012
Dr. Brent Williams, Assistant Professor, Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Washington University
"Biogenic and Anthropogenic Particles in the Atmosphere: Sources, Composition, and Climate Interactions"

March 7, 2012
Mr. George Thomas, Partner
Director, Global Sales Strategy & Execution
IBM Smarter Cities
IBM's Smarter Planet Inititive - Building a Smarter Planet One City at a Time
[Host: Parag Banerjee]

April 4, 2012
Dr. Eric Zencey, Fellow
Univeristy of Vermont
"Energy and Economic Theorgy: Achieving Sustainability by Modeling the Economy as a Thermodynamic System"


Dr. Mike Dudukovic, Professor
Washington University in St. Louis
"Challenges to Efficient and Sustainable  Process Technologies for Energy and Environment"

May 2, 2012
Dr. John Fortner, Assistant Professor, Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Washington University

ACADEMIC YEAR  2010 - 2011

September 15, 2010
Dr. Pratim Biswas, Professor
Washington University
Organizational meeting for the Symposium on Global Energy Future and Tour of Brauer Hall

October, 1 - 5, 2010
McDonnell International Scholars Academy
3rd International Symposium on Energy & Environment
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November 3, 2010
Dr. Mark Conradi, Physics; Dr. Sophia Hays, Chemistry; and Dr. Philip Skemer, Earth Sciences;
Washington University
"Development of State-of-the-Art NMR Spectroscopy and Imaging for Utilization and Sequestration of CO2"

December 1, 2010
Double Header Talks:
Dr. P. Ramachandran, Professor, Dept. of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Washington University
"Hydrodynamic Effects in Chemical Looping Combustion"
Dan Combest, PhD Student of Dr. Ramachandran
"Oxidative Treatment of Wastewater"

February 2, 2011

Rescheduled due to inclement weather

March 2, 2011
Dr. Lea-Rachel Kosnik, Associate Professor, Department of Economics
University of Missouri, St. Louis
"Environmental & Energy Economics"

April 6, 2011
Dr. Cynthia Lo, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Washington University
"Effect of Biomolecular Structure on Energy Transfer Processes in Photosynthetic Light Harvesting Complexes: Implications for Designing Bio-Hybrid Solar Cells"

May 4, 2011
Dr. Daniel Giammar, Associate Professor, Dept. of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Washington University
"Arsenic Removal from Drinking Water" 


ACADEMIC YEAR 2009 - 2010

August 5, 2009
Dr. Lan Yang, Assistant Professor, Electrical & Systems Engineering
Washington University
"An on-chip platform for ultra-high sensitivity detection of pollutants in air and water using whispering-gallery-mode optical microcavities"

September 3, 2009
Dr. Kelly Bishop, Assistant Professor, Economics
Washington University
"Estimating the Economic Costs of Pollution"

October 7, 2009 ~ Crow Hall, room 206
Dr. Yinjie Tang, Professor, Dept. of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Washington University
"Investigation of Metabolic Pathways via Isotopomer-Assisted Metabolite Analysis"

November 2, 2009 ~ Simon Hall, May Auditorium
Symposim on America's Energy Future, Chaired by Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton

December 2, 2009
Christof Jantzen, Professor, Architecture
Washington University
"Towards a House of the Future"

February 3, 2010
Dr. Michael Frachetti, Professor of Anthropology
Washington University      
"Coastline loss and the socio-environmental impact of displaced communities:  Correlating environmental catalysts for shoreline change with human response"

March 3, 2010   
Dr. Y.S. Jun, Professor of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Washington University    
Dr. Ramesh Aggarwal, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Washington University       
"Carbon Dioxide Sequestration Studies"

April 7, 2010
Dr. Itai Sened, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for New Institutional Social Sciences
Washington University
Michelle Bernard, Undergraduate Student, Washington University   
Michael Craig, Undergraduate Student, Washington University     
"What does it take to implement renewable energy strategies: Technology vs. Policy"

April 29, 2010   
Going Green: A Corporate Perspective on Energy & Sustainability   
7:00 pm, Whitaker Hall Auditorium     

May 5, 2010   
Dr. Gautam Yadama, Professor of Social Work
Washington University   
Dr. Tiffany Knight, Professor of Biology, Washington University   
Peter Hovmand, Director of the Social Systems Design Lab

June 2, 2010
Dr. Paul Donnelly, Professor, School of Architecture
Washington University      
"Reducing Energy Demand in Commercial Buildings:  Dynamic Heat Transfer and Storage System


ACADEMIC YEAR 2008 - 2009

March 4, 2009
Tim Michels
Energy Solutions Inc.
"Where are your BTU's? Watt are you doing about it?

April 1, 2009
Dr. Bret Gustafson, Anthropology
Washington University
"Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Sustainability"

May 6, 2009
Dr. Richard L. Axelbaum, Director, Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization,
Washington University


Washington University in St. Louis
McDonnell International Scholars Academy
Dr. Pratim Biswas