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The Clark School Engineering Sustainability Workshop 2012

This Year's Workshop

2012 Workshop: Solar

Webcast Schedule

Morning Session I (9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Break in webcast coverage at speaker request

Morning Session II (11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.)

Break in webcast for lunch

Keynote Session (12:15 to 1 p.m.)

Parallel Sessions in Kay West and Closing Session (1-3:15 p.m.)

Parallel Sessions in Kay East (1-2:45 p.m.)

Workshop Closing (2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.)

Video Contest

Guidelines for the Engineering Sustainability Video Contest

Workshop Archives

2011 Workshop: Energy

2010 Workshop: Water

2009 Workshop: Energy



Sustainability 2012

Focus 2012: Solar Energy

April 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kay Boardrooms and Rotunda
Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, College Park, MD
Co-sponsored by the University of Maryland Energy Research Center and the University of Maryland Office of Sustainability


The agenda for the workshop is as follows:

Morning Session: Unified Kay Boardrooms
9:00-9:05 Welcome: by Dean Darryll Pines
9:05-9:30 "Outcomes Research of Small-Scale Solar Development in Burkina Faso" by Matthew Conway and George Kinchen, Student Members, University of Maryland Chapter of Engineers Without Borders
9:30-10:00 "Pivoting Towards the Sun: Engineering Innovation in Small-Scale Solar" by Jackson Yang, Maryland Clean Energy Entrepreneur of the Year
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-10:45 "Solar Installations at the University of Maryland" by Susan Corry, Energy Projects and Conservation Manager, University of Maryland, College Park
10:45-11:15 "Ivanpah Solar Thermal Project" by James Ivany, President, Bechtel Renewable Power
11:15-11:45 "Watershed: An Integrative and Innovative Entry to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011" by David Daily, Student Team Member, University of Maryland Solar Decathlon Team
11:45-12:15 Light Lunch/Exhibitions in the Rotunda by Student Groups, Campus Programs and External Organizations
12:15-1:00 Keynote: "The DOE SunShot Initiative: Science and Technology to Enable Solar Electricity at Grid Parity" by R. Ramesh, SunShot Program Director, U.S. Department of Energy
Afternoon Sessions: Parallel Speakers: Divided Kay Boardrooms
Kay Boardroom East
1:00-1:15 "University of Maryland Energy Research Center Overview" by Eric Wachsman, Professor and Director, UMERC
1:15-1:30 "Novel Method for Photovoltaic Energy Conversion Using Surface Acoustic Waves in Piezoelectric Semiconductors" by Victor Yakovenko, Professor, Physics
1:30-1:45 "Home Installation of Solar Panels" by Victor Yakovenko, Professor, Physics, and Brian Desmond, Field Sales Manager, Standard Solar
1:45-2:00 "Engineering the Flow of Light for High-Efficiency Solar Cells" by Jeremy Munday, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
2:00-2:15 "CZTS Solar Cells with Advanced Light Trapping" by Colin Preston, Graduate Student, Materials Science and Engineering
2:15-2:30 "The Maryland Education Solar Array" by Bryan Quinn, Director of Technical Operations, Electrical and Computer Engineering
2:30-2:45 "Connecting Solar Cell Performance to Manufacturing Choices by Predictive Modeling" by Raymond Adomaitis, Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Kay Boardroom West
1:00-1:15 "Solar Energy System Reliability Assessment and Improvement" by Diganta Das, Abhijit Dasgupta and Patrick McClusky, Mechanical Engineering
1:15-1:30 "Liquid Crystals and Their Contribution to the Field of Organic Photovoltaics" by Luz Martinez-Miranda, Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
1:30-1:45 "Concentrated Solar Thermal Energy for H20 and C02 Splitting" by Greg Jackson, Professor and Associate Director, UMERC
1:45-2:00 "ZNO Nanoparticles and Nanowires with Liquid Crystal for Photovoltaic Applications" by Lourdes Salamanca-Riba, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
2:00-2:15 "Solar Water Heating: Engineering, Policy and Economic Challenges to Mass Deployment" by Craig Marlowe, Consultant, Maryland Task Force on Solar Water Heating, and Graduate, Master of Engineering and Public Policy Program
2:15-2:30 "Bio-Template Nanostructures for Photoelectrochemical Cell Applications" by Chia-Ying Chiang, Graduate Student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
2:30-2:45 "Towards High-Efficiency Organic Solar Cells" by Miriam Cezza, Graduate Student, Materials Science and Engineering
2:45-3:00 Break
Afternoon Session II: Unified Kay Boardrooms
2:45-3:15 Dean Pines:
  • Announces the winners of the student video competition and presents the videos.
  • Solicits energy research, education, entrepreneurship, service project ideas from the audience.
  • Concludes the workshop.
5-6 p.m. Whiting-Turner Business and Entrepreneurial Lecture: "Making Solar Power a Reality in California" by Stephen Zaminski '86, CEO, Solar Gen 2 LLC