March Meeting 2010

Energy Research Opportunities Workshop


Sunday, March 14, 2010
8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center

Cost: Free

Overview and Goals
This one-day workshop was for graduate students and postdocs highlighted the contributions physics-related research can make towards meeting the nation’s energy needs in environmentally friendly ways. It was aimed at young physicists who are concerned about the environment and who would like to find ways to use their scientific and quantitative skills to help meet the challenges that the world faces.

The workshop featured plenary talks by leaders in the field of energy research. After an overview talk, there were six talks on different cutting-edge research areas. Each talk was aimed at the level of physics graduate students who are not experts in energy research. The goal of the workshop was to provide information to physics graduate students and postdocs on how they can contribute to energy and environmental solutions while doing exciting scientific research.

U.S. Department of Energy WordmarkFunding
APS received a grant from the Department of Energy for financial support for this workshop.  Some travel expense assistance was made available.  Reception sponsored by Journal on Renewable and Sustainable Energy.

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Energy Workshop Talks

SPEAKER PLENARY TALK TITLE 
George Crabtree
Argonne National Lab

Overview

TALK I
Dave Carlson
BP Solar

The Status and Future of the Photovoltaics Industry

TALK II
Dave Ginley
NREL

Thin Film PV Challenges for Terawatt Production – Emerging Technologies

TALK III
Yet-Ming Chiang
MIT 

Energy Storage

TALK IV
Karen Swider-Lyons
NRL  

Fuel Cells: Research Opportunities and Applications

TALK V
Sally Benson
Stanford

Carbon Dioxide Capture and Sequestration in Deep Geological Formations

TALK VI
Ernie Moniz
MIT

Energy Technology and Policy

PANEL DISCUSSION
Moderator
Debra Rolison

NRL

Focus of Discussion
1. How does one enter the field of energy research? What are the prerequisites?
2. What is the funding outlook for energy research?

Panelists
Linda Horton
Department of Energy

Dave Carlson
BP Solar

Yet-Ming Chiang
MIT

George Crabtree
Argonne National Laboratory

Garry Rumbles
NREL

 

Program Committee

Julia Hsu (Chair)
Sandia Natl Labs

George Crabtree
Argonne Natl Lab

Garry Rumbles
National Renewable Energy Lab

Marc Kastner
MIT

Debra Rolison
Naval Research Laboratory

Ken Cole
APS Staff/Workshop Coordinator


Questions

Contact Ken Cole, (301) 209-3288, cole@aps.org for more information about the workshop.