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Options to Create a Sustainable Energy Future

William Mong Distinguished Lecture by Professor Arun Majumdar
Sep 1, 2017

Date: September 1, 2017 (Friday)

Time: 5:15pm – 6:30pm (Reception: 4:45pm)

Venue: Lecture Theatre A, Chow Yei Ching Building, HKU

Speaker: Professor Arun Majumdar
                   Jay Precourt Professor of Mechanical Engineering and
                   Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University

Abstract:
For almost every action we take in our lives today, we receive the benefit of 250 years of industrial revolution, which has been arguably the most remarkable period of human history. Our global economy and our prosperity grew exponentially, and our population grew ten fold. The industrial revolution has been largely about how we sourced, distributed and used energy. It was and continues to be predominantly based on fossil energy. Science has shown that our current course is unsustainable in the long run. This talk will discuss a variety research opportunities and challenges in stationary power and transportation systems that could create technological options and enable the transition of our energy economy to a sustainable one. Furthermore, this talk will highlight a few grand challenges in science and engineering that must be addressed within the next few decades. In particular, it will focus on approaches and options to modernize the electricity grid. Technology is necessary, but not sufficient. The talk will also briefly discuss options for public policy to create conditions for such technological options to be utilized.


Biography:
Prof. Majumdar is the Jay Precourt Professor at Stanford University, co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy and a member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His current research areas include thermal energy conversion, heat transport in nanostructured materials and a new effort to re-engineer the electricity grid. In 2009, Prof. Majumdar was nominated by US President Obama and confirmed by the US Senate to become the Founding Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy. Between 2011 and 2012, he also served as the Acting Under Secretary of Energy of the US Department of Energy. Before joining Stanford, Prof. Majumdar was the Vice President for Energy at Google, where he created several energy technology initiatives, especially at the intersection of data, computing and electricity grid. Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Prof. Majumdar was the Almy & Agnes Maynard Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering at University of California–Berkeley and the Associate Laboratory Director for energy and environment at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Prof. Majumdar is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

Prof. Majumdar received his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1985 and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989.

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