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Energy Forum by Mitra L. '07

Come drink from the solar-paneled firehose. ("Enjoy that metaphor, by the way, because your grandchildren will have no idea what a glacier is.")

President Hockfield formed the Energy Research Council to “assess the scope of MIT energy research, explore how to best match MIT expertise with global needs and produce a plan for a cohesive initiative to tackle the world’s energy crisis through science, engineering and education.”

During today’s Energy Research Forum, they will present their findings.

The agenda for today is as follows:


Susan Hockfield, President, MIT


Professor Ernest J. Moniz, Co-Chair, Energy Research Council

PANEL SESSION I – followed by Q & A

Science and Technology for
a Clean Energy Future

* Yang Shao-Horn – Session Chair
* Emanuel M. Sachs – Renewable/Solar
* Yet-Ming Chiang – Storage
* Gregory Stephanopoulos – Biofuel
* Jeffrey P. Freidberg – Fusion
* Gang Chen – Nanotechnology’s role


L. Rafael Reif, Provost, MIT

Lunch and MIT Energy Club Poster Presentation

Kresge Lobby

PANEL SESSION II – followed by Q & A

Improving Today’s Energy Systems

* William H. Green Jr. – Session Chair
* Mujid S. Kazimi – Nuclear
* Robert D. van der Hilst – Subsurface science and engineering, oil and gas exploration and carbon sequestration
* Ahmed F. Ghoniem – Modeling, simulation and energy conversion
* Paul L. Joskow – Electricity systems/policy (I took 14.01 from him!!)
* Stephen Ansolabehere – Public attitudes



Energy for a Rapidly Evolving World

* Henry D. Jacoby – Session Chair
* Ronald G. Prinn – Science and policy of climate change
* Leon R. Glicksman – Buildings
* John B. Heywood – Transportation technologies, fuels and systems
* Karen R. Polenske – China
* Amy B. Smith – Energy in developing areas

Question & Answer Session

* Moderator – Robert C. Armstrong, Co-Chair, Energy Research Council
* Vladimir Bulovic, Chair, Walk the Talk Subcommittee, Energy Research Council
* David T. Danielson, President, MIT Energy Club
* Susan Hockfield, President, MIT
* Jefferson W. Tester, Chair, Education Subcommittee, Energy Research Council (Sam UROPs for him!!)

Receptions and Tours

Plasma Science and Fusion Center – Building NW17

Sloan Automotive Laboratory and Electrochemical Energy Laboratories – Building 31


You can read the Energy Research Council’s entire report HERE

You can watch videos of today’s presentations HERE

In addition to today’s forum presentations, though, there are a whole bunch of other events that address these issues.

For example, next week’s $125K Ignite Clean Energy Competition Finals. Competitors will “make their best pitch of their clean energy business to a panel of investors and other industry experts!” Some of the finalists’ ideas include Phototaxis Solar (solar-panel canopies for parking lots) and Oceanwind Technology, LLC (floating platforms for deep sea wind farms).

“Enjoy that metaphor, by the way, because your grandchildren will have no idea what a glacier is.”

(Well, technically it’s a simile, but who’s counting?)

2 responses to “Energy Forum”

  1. Drew says:

    Haha, Stephen Colbert is awesome.

    “Do you know you have more nerve endings in your gut than you have in your head? You can look it up. I know some of you are going to say, ‘I did ‘look it up, and that’s not true.” That’s ’cause you looked it up in a book. Next time, look it up in your gut.”

  2. Carmel says:

    That speech was so ridiculous and absurd and preposterous and hilarious and also so fucking brilliant