Virtual 3rd Annual ND Energy Research Symposium
November 12-13, 2020

Waste-to-Energy: Reimagining the Possibilities


Thursday, November 12
3:00 - 3:05 p.m.

Welcome and Introductions

3:05 - 3:20  Overview of ND Energy 
Peter C. Burns, Director of ND Energy, Director of NNSA Actinide Center of Excellence, Henry Massman Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, ​University of Notre Dame
3:20 - 4:30 KEYNOTE: "Becoming CarbonSmart" by Rachel Brenc, Chief of Staff to the CEO, LanzaTech
4:30 - 5:10 "Towards Sustainable Energy and Materials: Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS)" by Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park, Lenfest Chair in Applied Climate Science, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering & Department of Chemical Engineering, Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, Columbia University
5:10 - 5:50 "Using Industrial Symbiosis at the Small-scale to Increase Communities' Sustainability and Well-being" by José Alfaro, Assistant Professor of Practice, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan
5:50 - 6:00 Final Questions
6:00 - 6:30 BREAK
6:30 - 7:30

Panel Discussion: Transforming Waste to Meet our Energy Needs, moderated by Jennifer Schaefer, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, featuring the following panelists:

  • "Cyber Infrastructure Energy Consumption, Conservation and Reuse" by Paul Brenner, Senior Associate Director, Center for Research Computing, Associate Professor of the Practice
  • "The Membrane-Biofilm Photobioreactor (MBPR) for Biofuel Production from Waste CO2" by Robert Nerenberg, Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
  • "CISTAR: Creating the Bridge to a Fossil-free Energy Future" by William Schneider, Dorini Family Chair of Energy Studies and Department Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • "Thermoelectric Devices for Harvesting Waste Heat" by Yanliang Zhang, Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Friday, November 13
1:00 - 1:05 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
1:05 - 1:45 "Energy Research Cooperative: Integrated Community Energy and Harvesting Systems" by James Cotton, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Director of the McMaster Institute for Energy Studies, McMaster University
1:45 - 2:25  "Converting Polyolefin (Plastic) Waste into Fuels" by Nien-Hwa Linda Wang, Maxine Spencer Nichols Professor of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
2:25 - 3:35 KEYNOTE: "Using Technology and Innovation to Manage Plastic Waste and Turn it Back into Useful Products" by Bob Powell, President & CEO, Brightmark Energy
3:35 - 3:45 Final Questions
3:45 - 4:00 BREAK
4:00 - 5:15 Poster Session, presentations by postdoctoral scholars and graduate students at Notre Dame
5:15 - 5:30  Poster Awards and Closing Remarks