2019 Agenda

ND Energy 2nd Annual Research Symposium

Global Transformation: Ensuring Access to Affordable, Reliable, and Sustainable Energy for All

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Notre Dame Conference Center at McKenna Hall

8:00 - 8:30 Registration and Morning Refreshments, Atrium
8:30 - 9:00

Overview of the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy)Peter C. Burns, Director of ND Energy, Director of Actinide Center of Excellence, and Massman Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame

9:00 - 9:30

Sustainability Projects at the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD), Tom Purekal, Program Director of Applied Innovation, NDIGD, University of Notre Dame

9:30 - 10:30

Keynote: Cooling, Cooking, Moving and Manufacturing: The Challenges and Opportunities in Limiting Warming to 1.5 Degrees and Ensuring Everyone has Access to Sustainable Energy, Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy

10:30 - 10:50 Break, Atrium
10:50 - 11:20

The Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN)Patrick Regan, Associate Director of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative and Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

11:20 - 11:50

Energy E3: Education, Engineering-design, and EntrepreneurshipAbigail Mechtenberg, International Sustainable Development Researcher of ND Energy and Assistant Teaching Professor of Physics, University of Notre Dame

Lower Level Dining Room
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch, Registered Participants
1:00 - 1:30

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals and BeyondVijay Modi, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty Member and Director of the Infrastructure Programs, Millennium Villages Project, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

1:30 - 2:00

Understanding the Water-Energy-Food Security NexusShelie Miller, Director of Program in the Environment, Jonathan W. Bulkley Collegiate Professor of Sustainable Systems, and Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Sustainability, University of Michigan

2:00 - 2:30

Renewables as a Solution to Water for Energy (W4E) in Drought-prone Regions, and Access to Energy as Means to Achieve Social Equality for Developing Countries, Luciano Castillo, Kenninger Professor of Renewable Energy and Power Systems in Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

2:30 - 3:00 Micro-hydropower for Powering Rural African Communities: Opportunities, Challenges, and LessonsJun Chen, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
Rooms 100-104 & 106-08
3:15 - 5:00 Poster Presentations and Networking Reception
5:15 - 5:30 Poster Awards and Closing Remarks