This seminar series equips students and professionals with tools to apply the engineering mindset to problems that stem from climate change, so that they may consider and evaluate possible interventional, remedial and adaptive approaches. This is not a crash course on climate change (established climate experts are better equipped for that), nor is it a crash course in policy; instead the series focuses on discovering and exploring climate problems that seem most likely to benefit from adding the engineering mindset as solutions are considered.
Each week, Dr. Leslie Field and/or an expert guest speaker will deliver an introductory lecture in his/her area of expertise to set the framework in terms of climate, energy, resource, policy and public opinion, and explore some of the problems that seem most amenable to engineering input. Class members are asked to read up on each week’s lecture topic before class, to submit questions before each lecture, and to submit at brief summary of some key points on the topic following each lecture.
Guest Speakers, Autumn 2013:
- Professor Terry Root and Jon Koomey. Biology and Climate Change Impacts; Energy Policy and Finance. Potential impacts from climate change and potential solutions.
- Doug Stoup. Arctic & Antarctic adventurer/explorer. First-hand observations of climate change in polar regions.
- Satish Chetty. EE and Software guru; expert in harsh environment sensing. Beyond 66. Ice911 Research.Smart Grid and harsh environment sensing to monitor climate change.
- Professor Dick Luthy. Civil and Environmental Engineering. Environmental engineering and water quality.
- Dr. Nasreen Chopra. Solar and Startup Veteran, Physicist, Nanotechnologist and Entrepreneur. The solar industry from the inside.
- Ann Edminster. Architect and Green Guru. Green Building and LEED for homes.
- Kimberly Wiefling. Physicist, Entrepreneur, Author, Consultant. Engineering approaches for complex and daunting problems.
- Dave Duff. Senior Mechanical Engineer at Google working on the self-driving car.Self-driving vehicles: Challenges and Opportunities.
- TBD (Additional guest speaker- or- Leslie Field, MEMS in Climate Change apps)
- Professor Leslie Field. Consulting Professor in EE; Ice911 Research Corp; SmallTech Consulting. Engineering and Climate:Ice911 case study and course wrap-up.