SoGES Managing the Planet Series

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Avogadro's Number

Our panel of CSU professionals will look at the technological, economic and political factors of the past, present and future of clean energy. Can renewable energy replace fossil fuels? Is clean energy cost effective? Will clean energy technology continue to get better? These are just some of the likely questions our panel will answer on February 23rd.

Bryan Wilson Bryan Willson is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at CSU and is the founder CSUs Engines and Energy Conversion Lab. In these roles, he has worked for over 25 years to develop large-scale solutions for global energy needs with a significant focus on reducing environmental impacts from natural gas production and use.  Dr. Willson is on assignment from CSU serving as Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

Sandra Davis Sandra Davis is an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department. Her research interests include water and energy politics with a focus on renewable energy and electricity transmission policy. She teaches Introduction of American Government and Politics U.S. Parties and Elections Politics of Organized Interests U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy Politics of Environment and Sustainability and Environmental Politics in the U.S.

Terrence Iverson Terrence Iverson is an environmental economist whose primary focus is on using aggregate macroeconomic models to study issues in the economics of climate change. He has published in top environmental economics field journals and in top interdisciplinary climate policy and global environmental change journals. His current research focuses on thinking critically about options for steering the global economy to ensure that a significant portion of the fossil carbon embedded in the earth’s crust remains locked in the ground over the long run.

Courtney Jahn Courtney Jahn is a professor in the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences & Pest Management.  Courtney’s research program uses genetic & molecular tools to improve plant bioenergy yields. Her lab evaluates the effect of local growing environments, plant physiological and morphological processes, and leaf and stem chemical composition on biofuel yields.  Her program consists of both applied and basic research—it is designed to address local needs, as well as addresses central hypotheses related to plant use for bioenergy. One central hypothesis is to identify the genetic and molecular factors that enhance plant physiological mechanisms.  The applied research portion addresses the immediate need in Colorado and the surrounding region.

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