Schedule and Speakers

3rd Annual ND Energy Research Symposium
April 30 - May 1, 2020


Waste-to-Energy: Reimagining the Possibilities


Thursday, April 30
Jordan Auditorium, Mendoza College of Business
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

7:00 - 8:00

Panel Discussion: Transforming Waste to Meet our Energy Needs 

Moderated by: Jennifer Schaefer, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Featuring panelists:

  • Cyber Infrastructure Energy Consumption, Conservation and Reuse, 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, Robert Nerenberg, Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
  • CISTAR: Creating the Bridge to a Fossil-free Energy Future, William Schneider, H. Clifford and Evelyn A. Brosey Professor of Engineering, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Thermoelectric Devices for Harvesting Waste Heat, Yanliang Zhang, Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Friday, May 1
Jordan Auditorium, Mendoza College of Business
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Morning Refreshments
8:30 - 8:45 Welcome and Introductions, Peter C. Burns, Director, Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame; Director, Actinide Center of Excellence; Henry Massman Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences; Concurrent Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame
8:45 - 10:00 Becoming CarbonSmart, Rachel Brenc, Chief of Staff to the CEO, LanzaTech
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 10:45 Towards Sustainable Energy and Materials: Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS), 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
10:45 - 11:15 Micro-Grids from Biomass Residues for Agricultural Circular Economy (MBRACE): Experiences from Puerto Rico and the Democratic Republic of Congo, José Alfaro, Assistant Professor of Practice, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan
11:15 - 11:45 Integrated Community Energy and Harvesting Systems, James Cotton, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Co-Director, McMaster Institute for Energy Studies, McMaster University
11:45 - 12:45 Lunch (Registered Participants)
1:00 - 1:30 Upcycling Plastic Waste into Useful Products, Nien-Hwa Linda Wang, Maxine Spencer Nichols Professor of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
1:30 - 2:45 Using Technology and Innovation to Manage Plastic Waste and Turn it Back into Useful Products, Bob Powell, President & CEO, Brightmark Energy
Atrium, Stinson-Remick Hall
3:00 - 4:30 Poster Presentations and Networking Reception
4:45 - 5:00 Poster Awards and Closing Remarks