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Spring 2022:

Date Topic Leader Presentation

02/11/2022 12:00 pm 

Introduction and Topic Selection

Eliza Spear & Eric Fell

02/18/2022 12:00 pm Renewable Energy: Land Use and Social Issues Micah Williams landUse
02/25/2022 12:00 pm Cement Industry Decarbonization Eliza Spear cementDecarb
03/04/2022 12:00 pm Nuclear Alchemy: The real magic behind the Philosopher's stone Eric Fell nukeTransmute
03/11/2022 12:00 pm ESG Investing: Buzzwords or propellant for energy transition? Mandy Liu ESGinvest
03/25/2022 12:00 pm Oil & Gas Exploration and Digital Rock Physics Tim Cavanaugh  
04/01/2022 12:00 pm A Children's Choice of Toy or the Next Decision in Transportation: Planes or Trains Jordan Sosa planesTrains
04/08/2022 12:00 pm Cutting the cord: wireless power transfer for sustainable mobility and renewable energy harvesting Kiana Amini wirelessPower
04/15/2022 12:00 pm      
04/22/2022 12:00 pm Fantastic microbes and how to use them: Is bioeconomy the way out? Piyush Nanda microBio
04/29/2022 12:00 pm The environmental costs of computation Ian Davenport computeCost




Fall 2021:

Date Topic Leader Presentation

09/24/2021 12:00 pm 

Introduction and Topic Selection

Eric Fell

10/01/2021 12:00 pm Uranium Mining: From Rocks to Gigawatts Eric Fell Umining
10/08/2021 12:00 pm Recent Developments in Nuclear Fusion Robert Newman newFusion
10/15/2021 12:00 pm The Engine Chloe Holzinger engine
10/22/2021 12:00 pm Advanced Wood Pellets Fuel Javier Farago Escobar woodpellets
11/05/2021 12:00pm Solar Fuels and Artificial Photosynthesis John Harrold solarFuels
11/12/2021 12:00pm Energy and the Economy Baptiste Lemaire energEcon
11/19/2021 12:00pm The Beauty and the Ugly: Towards a Greener Future of the Beauty Industry Mandy Liu cosmetics
12/03/2021 12:00pm Phytomining Eliza Spear phytomining
12/10/2021 12:00pm (Real) Fake Meat Tommy George fakeMeat


Spring 2021:

Date Topic Leader Presentation

02/12/2021 12:00 pm 

Introduction and Topic Selection

Eric Fell

02/19/2021 12:00 pm Biophotovoltaics Eliza Spear BioPV
02/26/2021 12:00 pm Nuclear Reactors and their Fuel Cycles Eric Fell fissionFuel
03/05/2021 12:00 pm Plastic Pollution Amos Meeks plasticpollution
03/12/2021 12:00 pm KoBold Metals. Guest speaker on advanced scientific computing for materials discovery Kurt House  
03/19/2021 12:00 pm Smart Cities John Harrold  
03/26/2021 12:00 pm Public Ownership of Energy and Climate Infrastructure Toly Rinberg publicInfrastructure
04/02/2021 12:00 pm Textiles and Clothing Emissions Emily Kerr textiles
04/09/2021 12:00 pm Adaptive Buildings and Energy Efficient Living Mandy Liu adaptiveBuildings
04/16/2021 12:00 pm Sankey Diagram Festival Brooks Clingman sankey
04/23/2021 12:00 pm Equitable atmospheric carbon dioxide removal Andrew Bergman  
04/30/2021 12:00 pm Resource recovery from human waste Kindle Williams recov_waste


Fall 2020:

Date Topic Leader Presentation

09/11/2020 12:00 pm 

Introduction and Topic Selection

Amos Meeks


09/25/2020 12:00 pm

Nuclear Batteries Eric Fell nuclearBatteries

10/02/2020 12:00 pm 

Bioplastics John Harrold bioplastics

10/09/2020 12:00 pm

Enhanced Oil Recovery & Climate Change Toly Rinberg EOR
10/16/2020 12:00pm Electrification of Ammonia Synthesis for Sustainability Kindle Williams NH3elec
10/23/2020 12:00pm Waste and Agriculture Robert Newman wasteAgriculture
10/30/2020 12:00pm Carbon accounting Amos Meeks countingcarbon
11/13/2020 12:00pm Misrepresentation of Global Warming Potential Robert Kleinberg GWP
11/20/2020 12:00pm Vibrational energy harvesting Eliza Spear vibeEnergy
12/11/2020 12:00pm Electric Vehicle Market Jordan Sosa EVmarket

Spring 2020:

Date Topic Leader Presentation

01/31/2020 12:00 pm (MCZ 429)

Introduction and Topic Selection

Amos Meeks


02/07/2020 12:00 pm (MCZ 429)

GeoMicroDistricts Amos Meeks GeoMicro

02/14/2020 12:00 pm (MCZ 429)

Thorium-based Nuclear Power Eric Fell Thorium

02/21/2020 12:00 pm (MCZ 429)

Space Mining & Meteorites Caroline Im spaceMining

02/28/2020 12:00 pm (MCZ 429)

Fuel Cells


De Porcellinis


03/06/2020 12:00 pm (MCZ 429)

Commercialization of Perovskite Solar Cells Robert Gustafson SolarCells
04/03/2020 12:00 pm (MCZ 429) Energy Subsidies Jordan Sosa EnergySubsidies
04/10/2020 12:00 pm (MCZ 429) Microgrides/Municipal Energy Erik Van Vleck microgrid-MUNIs
04/17/2020 12:00 pm (MCZ 429) Transportation Infrastructure Emily Kerr transportation
04/24/2020 12:00 pm (MCZ 429) Mass Transit Tommy George publicTransit
05/01/2020 12:00 pm (MCZ 429) CO2 Mineralization Storage Amos Meeks CO2mineralization


Fall 2019:

Date Topic Leader Presentation

09/06/2019 12:00 pm (MCZ 440)

Introduction and Topic Selection

Christina Chang


09/13/2019 12:00 pm (MCZ 429)

Redox Flow Batteries Emily Kerr Flow Batteries

09/20/2019 12:00 pm (MCZ 429)

GaN for energy efficiency in power electronics

Harbing Lou

Power Electronics

09/27/2019 12:00 pm (MCZ 429)

Energy Policy: Fundamentals and Case Studies Ed Birkett Energy Policy

10/04/2019 12:00 pm (MCZ 429)

Wave Energy Eliza Spear Wave Energy

10/11/2019 12:00 pm (MCZ 429)

Energy Applications of Porous Materials Mandy Liu Porous Materials

10/18/2019 12:00 pm (Geo Museum)

Carbon, but at what Price? Amos Meeks

Chalkboard Notes


10/25/2019 12:00 pm (MCZ 429)

Energy Financing Christian Holkeboer  

11/01/2019 12:00 pm (MCZ 429)

Carbon Pricing Pt. 2: Catastrophe and the Dismal Theorem Amos Meeks


11/08/2019 12:00 pm (MCZ 429)

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Removal Andrew Bergman  

11/15/2019 12:00 pm (MCZ 429)

L3Harris Open Water Power, Guest Speaker on Underwater Battery Development Branko Zugic  

11/22/2019 12:00 pm (MCZ 429)

New Geothermal Ventures Tyler St. Germaine  

12/06/2019 12:00 pm (MCZ 429)

Decarbonizing the Steel Industry Christina Chang  
12/13/2019 12:00 pm (MCZ 429) Predicting Nuclear Fusion Science through Deep Learning Emma Rosenfeld Fusion

Spring 2019:

Date Topic Leader Presentation

02/07/2019 12:30 pm (Geo 204)

Introduction and Topic Selection

Christina Chang


02/14/2019 12:30 pm (MCZ 429)

Sustainable Steel? Christina Chang Sustainable Steel

02/21/2019 12:30 pm (MCZ 440)

Meet-and-Learn Special Session



02/28/2019 12:30 pm (MCZ 429)

Hydrogen Economy Jason Munster  

03/07/2019 12:3o pm (MCZ 429)

Energy Demand and Environmental Impact of Food Systems Carlo Amadei Impacts of Food

03/14/2019 12:30 pm (MCZ 429)

Can Urban Waste-to-Energy Systems be Self-Sustaining Investments? Masahiko Haraguchi Waste-to-Energy

03/21/2019 12:30 pm (MCZ 429)

Industrial Energy Consumption and Green Chemistry  John Harrold Industrial Energy

03/28/2019 12:30 pm (MCZ 429)

Solar Updraft Towers Eliza Spear Solar Updraft Towers

04/04/2019 12:3o pm (MCZ 429)

Solid-State Battery Recycling: Recovering Electrochemical Components and Yielding Cathodes while Lowering Emissions (RECYCLE) Drew Wong

Solid-State Battery Recycling

04/18/2019 12:3o pm (MCZ 429)

Group Discussion and Social Session --- ---

04/25/2019 12:3o pm (MCZ 429)

Can Solar Geoengineering be an Effective Response to Climate Emergencies? A Deeper Look Amos Meeks Solar Geoengineering

05/02/2019 12:3o pm (MCZ 429)

The Green New Deal: An investigation into the proposed policy and its surrounding political momentum Colleen Golja Green New Deal

05/16/2019 12:30 pm (MCZ 429)

Organic Photovoltaics Henry Wilkin



Fall 2018:

Date Topic Leader Presentation

Thurs 09/07/2018 12:30 pm (MCZ 440)

Introduction and Topic Selection Christina Chang, Daniel Pollack  ---

Thurs 09/20/2018 12:30 pm (MCZ 429)

Solar geoengineering Colleen Golja Solar Geoengineering

Thurs 09/27/2018 12:30 pm (MCZ 440)

Oil and gas exploration and a case example of the Qaidam Basin

Yanpeng Sun O&G Exploration

Thurs 10/04/2018 12:30 pm (MCZ 429)

California vs. the EPA: How current forces are shaping the future of U.S. car efficiency standards Felix Barber California vs. EPA

Wed 10/10/2018 1:oo pm (EPS 409)

Bio-inspired design in energy applications Anna Shneidman Bio-Inspired Design

Thurs 10/18/2018 12:30 pm (MCZ 440)

Via Separations: A materials approach to process engineering Shreya Dave  

Wed 10/24/2018 1:00 pm (EPS 409)

Accelerator-driven nuclear systems Eric Fell Accelerator-Driven Nuclear Systems

Thurs 11/01/2018 12:30 pm (MCZ 429)

Energy efficiency and challenges in Antarctica Tyler St. Germaine

Antarctica I

Antarctica II

Thurs 11/08/2018 12:3o pm (MCZ 429)

Smoothening irregular demand: Progress toward a leaner, 'mean'-er grid Henry Wilkin

Grid Optimization

Thurs 11/15/2018 12:3o pm (EPS 409)

China's energy landscape Mandy Liu & Eliza Spear China Energy Landscape
Thurs 11/22/2018 ---  Thanksgiving  --- ---  

Wed 11/28/2018 1:oo pm (Geo 375)

Energy and self-driving cars: The autonomous vehicle future Daniel Pollack

Autonomous Vehicles

Thurs 12/06/2018 12:30 pm (MCZ 429)

Scientific and Political Evolutions of the Clean Air Act Bridger Ruyle and Hannah Nesser

Clean Air Act


Spring 2018:

Date Topic Leader Presentation
02/02/2018 Introduction and Topic Selection Christina Chang, Daniel Pollack  ---


Biomass and Biofuels: Harnessing energy for electriciy, heating, and transportation from the molecules of life Daniel Pollack Bioenergy


Water-Energy Nexus: A broad perspective in the U.S. Carlo Amadei Water-Energy Nexus

High Altitude Wind

Justin Teesdale High Altitude Wind

Photovoltaics and Solar Planes

Raphael Peltier PV and Solar Planes


International Energy Security Corinna Smith Energy Security

---  Spring Break  ---



Artificial Photosynthesis Christina Chang and Sahad Vasanji Artificial Photosynthesis


The U.S. Energy Storage Market: Present and Future Andrei Levin Energy Storage


Microgrids: A distributed power network solution Tim Menke Microgrids

A New Ion Engine for the Small Satellite Industry

Natalya Bailey  


Nuclear Fusion Thomas Storwick


04/27/2018 Breakthrough Energy Ventures Andrew Wong

Breakthrough Energy Ventures


Fall 2017:

Date Topic Leader Presentation
09/08/2017 Introduction and Topic Selection Christina Chang, Daniel Pollack  ---


Technical Challenges to Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Lauren Hartle  
09/22/2017 The Life of a Solar Panel: From Raw Materials to Recycling Christina Chang Life of a Solar Panel
09/29/2017 Industrial Catalysis: Billion Dollar Transformations Catalyzed by Inexpensive Materials Justin Teesdale Industrial Catalysis
10/06/2017 Climate Change Denial and the Culture of Scientific Skepticism Kira Clingen Climate Skepticism
10/13/2017 How to Evaluate Cleantech Startups Chloe Holzinger Cleantech Startups
10/20/2017 New & Developing Nuclear Fusion Technologies Eric Fell Nuclear Fusion
10/27/2017 An Overview of the U.S. Department of Energy Jack Hensley Structure of the D.O.E.
11/03/2017 Project Malta: Google X’s Moonshot Energy Storage Solution Amos Meeks Project Malta
11/10/2017 The Carbon Clock is Ticking: An Update on the Implementation of the Paris Agreement Bridger Ruyle Paris Agreement
11/17/2017 Induced Seismicity Franklin Wolfe Induced Seismicity
11/24/2017 ---  Thanksgiving Break  ---  ---  
12/01/2017 Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E): Accelerating U.S. Energy Innovation Lakshana Huddar, Ph.D. ARPA-E - Energy Innovation


Spring 2017:

Date Topic Leader Presentation
02/02/2017 Introduction and Explanation of Topics Andy Greenspon, Robert Gustafson  
02/13/2017 Non-module Challenges for the Solar Industry - Distribution & transmission grid planning Robert Gustafson Solar Industry Non-Module Challenges
02/23/2017 Renewable Energy Certificates Alex Clark Renewable Energy Certificates
02/27/2017 Economics of Solar Ben Rudick  
03/06/2017 Lake Charles Methanol Plant, Carbon Capture & Sequestration Amos Meeks Lake Charles Methanol CCS
03/13/2017 Nuclear Fusion with high magnetic field tokamaks Brandon Sorbom Fusion Energy and Tokamaks
03/20/2017 Economics of Electric Vehicles Christina Chang Economics of Electric Vehicles
03/27/2017 Geo-politics of Renewables Felix Barber Geopolitics of Renewables
04/03/2017 Electricity storage and its economic potential in deregulated markets Harbing Lou Electricity Storage and Economic Markets
04/10/2017 Innovation/Business Cycle Correlation in Oil & Gas Bob Kleinberg Business and Innovation Cycles in the Petroleum Industry
04/17/2017 Propulsion: The physics and consequences of jet engines and rockets Nicolas Sawaya Chalk Talk
04/24/2017 The energy storage landscape: Feasibility of alternatives to lithium based batteries Andy Greenspon Energy Storage Landscape

Fall 2016:

Date Topic Leader Presentation
09/13/2016 Introduction and Explanation of Topics Andy Greenspon, Robert Gustafson  
09/20/2016 No Session    
09/27/2016 Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (NuScale) Robert Gustafson Small Modular Nuclear Reactors
10/04/2016 Money in infrastructure & the cost to change it Lauren Kuntz Energy Infrastructure Assets
10/11/2016 Energy in Desalination  Harbing Lou  Desalination Technology and Energy
10/18/2016 Tesla Powerwall Karen Yu Tesla Powerwall
10/25/2016 Accelerating energy transitions: what technologies ought to be in the mix Laurence Delina Accelerating Energy Transitions
11/01/2016 Distributed Energy Resources & Public Utility Regulation Ari Peskoe Distributed Energy Resources
11/08/2016 Cyclotron Road and Funding for U.S. Hard Tech Start-ups Christina Chang Cyclotron Road
11/15/2016 Hydrogen Generation with Limited Carbon Emissions Andy Greenspon Hydrogen Generation
11/29/2016 Solar PV Cost Reduction Potential and Hanwha Q Cells Perspective Robert Gustafson, Dawson Rauch Solar PV Cost Reduction Potential
12/06/2016 Thermoelectrics for Cars Jane Philbrick Thermoelectrics for Cars

Spring 2016:

Date Topic Leader Presentation
02/04/2016 Introduction and Explanation of Topics Robert Gustafson  
02/18/2016 Hydropower - Run of River Robert Gustafson Hydro - Run of River
02/25/2016 Energy Data Analytics Karen Yu Energy Data Analytics
03/03/2016 Economics of Oil Production Robert Kleinberg Economics of Oil Production
03/10/2016 Economics of Energy Efficiency Daniel Thorpe Energy Efficiency Economics
03/17/2016 CEO of Solar Startup 1366 Frank Mierlo  
03/24/2016 Ocean Acidification Scott Wieman Ocean Acidification
03/31/2016 Energy Emissions in Building Construction Jane Philbrick Energy Emissions and Built Environment
04/07/2016 No Session    
04/14/2016 Startup Ecosystem Adam de Sola Pool Startup Ecosystem
04/21/2016 Geoengineering Katie Dagon Energy Implications of Geoengineering
04/28/2016 LEDs Harbing Lou Challenges and Opportunities of Cree

Fall 2015:

Date Topic Leader Presentation
09/17/2015 Introduction and Explanation of Topics Robert Gustafson & Daniel Thorpe HEJC Welcome
09/24/2015 Arctic Oil & Gas Exploration Robert Gustafson Arctic Oil and Gas Exploration
10/01/2015 Infrastructure Christina Chang USA Energy Infrastructure
10/08/2015 Energy Storage Greg Silverberg Energy Storage - Supercapacitors
10/15/2015 Paris Conference Aykut Aydin COP 21 Paris Conference
10/22/2015 Silicon PV Solar Panels Andy Greenspon Silicon Photovoltaics
10/29/2015 Solar Fuels John Harrold Solar Fuels
11/05/2015 Coal Technologies Amanda Lemire Coal Technologies
11/12/2015 Coal Peak Use Daniel Thorpe Coal Peak
11/19/2015 End Uses of Energy Rupak Chakraborty Residential and Commercial End Uses of Energy
12/03/2015 Industrial End Uses of Energy Lauren Kuntz Industrial End Uses of Energy

Spring 2015:

Date Topic Leader Presentation
2/11/2015 Tar Sands / Heavy Crude Robert Gustafson Oil Sands
2/18/2015 State of the Art CCS Ashwin Jayaraman State of CCS
2/25/2015 Biofuels with Addison Stark - Fellowship with ARPA-E Addison Stark Thermochemical Biofuels
3/4/2015 Shipping Daniel, Alice Ocean Shipping
3/11/2015 High Temp Superconductivity Felix Barber HT Superconductivity
3/18/2015 Natural Gas Pipelines + Leaks Andy Greenspon Natural Gas Pipelines + Leaks
3/25/2015 Climate Change Consequences Kat Geddes Climate Change
4/1/2015 Wind Technology Nare Janvelyan Wind Technology
4/8/2015 Climate Adaptation Ben Franta Climate Adaptation
4/15/2015 LNG / Regassification Lauren Kuntz Liquefied Natural Gas 
4/22/2015 Population Daniel Thorpe Population

Fall 2014:

10/16/2014 Technologies for new CAFE Standards Robert Gustafson Cafe Standards
10/23/2014 Coal Power Plants and EPA Regulations Robert Gustafson New Regulations for Stationary Sources
10/30/2014 China Energy Lauren Kuntz China's Present and Future Energy Outlook
11/6/2014 The Evolution of Lighting Technology Daniel Thorpe Evolution of Lighting
11/13/2014 Microgrid Lauren Hartle Microgrid
11/20/2014 Manufacturing Materials Nicolas Sawaya Manufacturing Materials
11/27/2014 Thanksgiving    
12/4/2014 Algae Biofuels Leo Blondel Algae Biofuels
12/11/2014 Perovskite Solar Cells Michael Vogel  Perovskite Solar Cells