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"Transforming Energy" Lecture Series

Students, Visitors and Alumni Invited
Upcoming Lecture

Fall 2013
Rhonda Pope
October 11, 2013

Past Lectures

Fall 2012
James Klausner
December 7, 2012

Fall 2012
John E. Kelly
Victor Abate
Eric Miller

Summer 2012
Yue Qi

Spring 2012
Vice Adm. Dennis V. McGinn
James L. Connaughton
Subhash Singhal
Bruce Logan

Fall 2011
Richard Garwin
Cynthia Lundgren
Mark D. Allendorf

Spring 2011
Maria Flytzani-

Herschel Specter
Al Weimer
Victor Der

Fall 2010
Anthony Dean

Spring 2010
Imre Gyuk
Tien Duong

Spring 2009
Robert Hwang
Eric Wachsman
Raymond Orbach
Günther Scherer

Spring 2008
Valerie Sarisky-Reed
Mark Kushner
Peter Pintauro

Fall 2007
Steven Koonin

Spring 2007
Jon Bloom
Geo Richards
Michael Corradini

Fall 2006
Jefferson Tester
John Turner
Patricia Dehmer


Rhonda Pope  

Rhonda Pope, U.S. Black Oil Optimizer, ExxonMobil, will give the next lecture on October 11.


The nation's security and economic health are totally dependent upon access to stable, secure sources of affordable energy. Increasing global demand for energy and the either recent or 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.

To facilitate a broad discussion on the engineering challenges of developing breakthrough energy technology for a sustainable future, the Clark School will be hosting the Transforming Energy Lecture Series in which leading thinkers and technologists from academia, industry, and government will provide viewpoints on the 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 on Friday afternoon in Glenn L. Martin Hall on the University of Maryland campus, are open to all interested parties in the D.C. area.