March 10: UDEI symposium to highlight cutting-edge energy research, collaboration opportunities


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11:28 a.m., March 1, 2011----Cutting-edge energy research by UD faculty and students, industry perspectives on energy issues, and potential new opportunities for collaboration will highlight the annual symposium of the UD Energy Institute (UDEI) on Thursday, March 10, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at John M. Clayton Hall.

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Visit the UDEI website to view the program and to register. Registration closes March 6.

Representatives from industry, government, academia and interested organizations are invited to attend, as well as UD faculty and students.

Throughout the day, prominent researchers from UD and from industry will share their work in areas ranging from biomass, solar photovoltaics and solar hydrogen, to wind energy/V2G technology, advanced magnets, fuel cells, energy policy and software tools for energy modeling. Shekar Shetty, vice president for research and development at Air Liquide North America, will present an overview of the benefits of university/industry partnerships. A poster session showcasing the work of UD students also will be presented.

John Shinn from Chevron Research and Energy Co. will deliver the keynote address. Shinn, who holds a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of California Berkeley, has been involved since the 1980s as an internal consultant to Chevron operating units worldwide on successful business approaches to climate change, sustainable development and corporate responsibility issues. He is a past chairman of the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association's Climate Change Working Group and a current adviser to the Governing Board of Engineers Without Borders USA.

“The main purpose of this symposium is to provide an opportunity to showcase UD energy-related activities and provide a forum for researchers and students to interact,” said Michael Klein, Dan Rich Chair of Energy and UDEI director. “We want to heighten awareness of the potential collaborative opportunities that could be initiated and advanced by the UD Energy Institute.”

For more information, contact UDEI Assistant Director Neeloo Bhatti-McAndrew at [] or 302-831-1363.