2009 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting & International Research Conference

Energy Symposium

November 14, 2009
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel
The Woodlands, Texas (near Houston)

Despite growing demand for energy and increasing public awareness of climate change, the world remains firmly situated in the era of fossil fuels. From the development and implementation of alternative and renewable energy sources, to increased energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions, science and engineering have enormous roles to play in solving the world's energy crisis.

The following plenary speakers have been invited to address science and public policy concerns regarding the critical issue of Energy.

John Ahearne (Moderator) - John Ahearne was named Executive Director Emeritus of Sigma Xi in recognition of his many contributions to the Society. He served as Sigma Xi Executive Director from 1989-1997 and is Director Emeritus of Sigma Xi's ethics program. His popular ethics booklet, The Responsible Researcher: Paths and Pitfalls (1999), updates and complements Sigma Xi's widely-circulated guidebook, Honor in Science. A member of the National Academy of Engineering and a former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Ahearne has worked for decades on issues of nuclear waste, nuclear reactor safety, nuclear weapons and non-proliferation. He is an Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and was a Lecturer in Public Policy at Duke University. He also is an Adjunct Scholar for Resources for the Future. A physicist, Ahearne has also served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy and Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense and has been active on National Research Council and National Academy of Sciences committees. A past President of the Society for Risk Analysis, he is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was inducted into Sigma Xi in 1964.

Christine A. Ehlig-Economides - Unexpected Difficulties with Geologic CO2 Storage - PDF
Christine Ehlig-Economides is currently full professor of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University in the Albert B. Stevens endowed chair. She founded the Center for Energy, Environment, and Transportation Innovation (CEETI), one of 4 research centers in the Crisman Institute. She has recently prepared an academic program proposal for Energy Engineering currently in review that will offer MS and PhD degrees at Texas A&M University. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was a member of the National Academy of Science America's Energy Future Committee. She received a B.A. degree in math-science from Rice University, an M.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. degree in petroleum engineering from Stanford University. Ehlig-Economides has received numerous awards from the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Michal Moore - Michal Moore is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy at the University of Calgary in Alberta. He is the former Chief Economist at the National Renewable Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, where he lead a research team engaged in examining over-the-horizon issues for the U.S. Department of Energy and developing new methods for cross-cutting analysis. He served as a Commissioner on the California Energy Commission, which regulates new energy generation in the energy industry in California. He directed the commission's $2-billion program to maintain and expand the renewable energy industry in the state and presided over many complex siting cases for new fossil fired generation. Moore is an active researcher in the areas of urban open space and agricultural land conversion, local government fiscal impacts and the structure and rules of energy markets. He participates in a wide variety of public forums, ranging from energy and fiscal policy to land use. Moore received his B.S. in geology at Humboldt State University and M.S. in land economics from the University of California at Davis. He obtained a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Cambridge in England, where he is a member of Darwin College.

Hans B. Püttgen - The Energy Challenges of the 21st Century - PDF
Hans B. (Teddy) Püttgen holds the Chaire de Gestion des Systčmes Energétiques (Energy Systems Management) at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - EPFL - (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne). Upon his arrival at EPFL, he also became the inaugural Director of the Energy Center, which coordinates all R&D activities on campus related to energy. Püttgen is a member of the CORE Commission that advises the Swiss Federal Office of Energy on energy issues and funding priorities. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Swiss Competence Center on Energy and Mobility and of the Board of Directors of ElectroSuisse. Püttgen is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Energy Systems. Before arriving at EPFL, he was Georgia Power Professor and Vice Chair for External Affairs in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. While there, he launched the National Electric Energy Test, Research and Application Center and served as its Director and Management Board Chair. Until his arrival at EPFL, he served as Président and CEO of Georgia Tech Lorraine, the institute's European campus. A Fellow of IEEE, Püttgen is a past President of the Power Engineering Society of IEEE. He is a member of Sigma Xi, among other honor societies.

Vernon Roan - Alternatives for Transportation Energy - PDF
Vernon Roan is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and former Director of the Fuel Cell Laboratory at the University of Florida. He has been involved in fuel cell development for 20 years. Roan is a past Director of the university's Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering and has served as Graduate Coordinator in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He also directed the Conventional and Alternative Transportation Systems (CATS) Laboratory from 1981-86 and has served as a visiting professor at Brunel University in Uxbridge, England. He was named among the top 100 researchers at the University of Florida three years in a row. Over his distinguished career, Roan has consulted for more than 20 organizations, including Pratt & Whitney, Jet Propulsion Laboratory and DuPont Corporation, mostly in the areas of electric and hybrid vehicles, fuel cell systems and fuels. A Sigma Xi member, he belongs to many professional organizations, including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering at the University of Florida and his Ph.D. in engineering at the University of Illinois.

The speakers are subject to change.