Past Distinguished Lecture Series Talks

Past Lectures

 

July 28, 2016

Can Nuclear Power and Renewables Be Friends?
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Michael Shellenberger
Founder and President, Environmental Progress

 

 

May 5, 2016

New Solutions for Rechargeable Batteries
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Dr. John B. Goodenough
Virginia H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

 

 

February 18, 2016

Development and Deployment of Large Scale Building Management Systems to Deliver Energy Efficiency — A View to Emerging Technology, Markets and Business Models
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Barry Coflan
Chief Technology Officer, Schneider Electric — EcoBuilding Division

 

October 22, 2015

Demand Response — the low hanging fruit of Smart Grid
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Mani Vadari, PhD
President of Modern Grid Solutions

 

 

August 14, 2015

The Industrial Commons and National Competitiveness

Willy Shih
Robert & Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School

 

 

July 28, 2015

Two Degrees — The Built Environment and Our Changing Climate: A Practitioner's Perspective on the Research Agenda
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Cole Roberts
Associate Principal, Energy & Resource Sustainability, Arup

 

 

July 21, 2015

A Google Perspective on the Rapidly Evolving Energy System

John Woolard
VP Energy at Google

 

 

March 20, 2015

Grid 3.0 — Challenges in Creating the Electricity Platforms of the Future
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Chris Greer
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Director of the Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office and National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability

 

May 2, 2014

The Discovery-Invention Cycle: Bridging the Basic — Applied dichotomy and the Need for Rethinking of National Science and Technology Policy
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Venkatesh Narayanamurti
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard UniversityBenjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public PolicyProfessor of PhysicsBelfer Center, Harvard Kennedy SchoolDirector of Science, Technology and Public Policy Program

 

October 22, 2012

Long Fuse, Big Bang: Thomas Edison, Electricity, and the Locus of Innovation
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Andrew Hargadon
Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship, Professor of Technology Management at the Graduate School of Management, University of California, Davis

 

June 18, 2012

Climate Change Hits Home: Impacts on the Built Environment and Health
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John Spengler
Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health & Human Habitation, Harvard School of Public Health, and Director of the Sustainability and Environmental Management Program, Harvard Extension School

 

April 30, 2012

High Comfort—Low Impact, From Buildings to Cities
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Matthias Schuler
TRANSSOLAR Energietechnik

 

January 27, 2012

Emissions Trading and Climate Finance: Is 2012 the Dead End or the Crossroads?
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Marc Stuart
Allotrope Partners

 

October 7, 2011

Advances in Global Climate Modeling for Scientific Understanding and Predictability
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V. Ramaswamy
Professor, Princeton University, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program

 

September 21, 2011

How is Building Energy Use Related to Occupant Behaviors and Building Usage Modes?
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Yi Jiang
Professor, Tsinghua University, Beijing

 

August 11, 2011

Energy Materials and Climate Change
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Linda Nazar
Canada Research ChairDepartment of ChemistryUniversity of Waterloo

 

 

July 20, 2011

Toward the Bionic Human: Medical Devices and How They are Powered

Esther Takeuchi
SUNY Distinguished Professor, University of Buffalo, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry

 

May 5, 2011

Reinventing Fire
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Amory Lovins
Chairman and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute, Chairman Emeritus of Fiberforge Corporation

 

 

November 19, 2010

More Electricity for Less CO2
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Yves Bamberger
Head of Research and Development, Electricité de France

 

October 1, 2010

Don't Do Stupid Things—Green Architecture, Engineering and Construction
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Dr. Joseph Lstiburek
Principal, Building Science Corporation

 

 

August 27, 2010

Striking the Balance: Reliability, Cost, and the Environment
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Yakout Mansour
President and Chief Executive Officer, California Independent System Operator

 

July 13, 2010

Balancing the Energy & Climate Budget: Personally, Nationally, Globally

Saul Griffith
Inventor, SQUID Labs, President and Chief Scientist, Makani Power

 

May 13, 2010

Energy Efficiency in India: Challenges and Initiatives
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Dr. Ajay Mathur
Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Government of India

 

 

March 18, 2010

Indoor Chemical Exposures: Humans' Non-respiratory Interactions with Room Air
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Professor Charles J. Weschler
International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy, Technical University of Denmark

 

January 28, 2010

Energy Efficiency and Renewables: Market and Behavioral Failures
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Jim Sweeney
Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency, Stanford University

 

November 9, 2009

Electrochemical Energy Storage Technologies and the Automotive Industry: Drivers, Needs, and Recent Research Results

Mark Verbrugge
Director, Chemical Sciences and Materials Systems Lab, General Motors Research & Development Center

 

July 13, 2009

Materials for Better Li-based Storage Systems for a "Green Energy Society"

Professor Jean-Marie Tarascon
Professor and Lab Director, Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides, Université de Picardie Jules Verne CNRS Amiens, France

 

April 13, 2009

Two Billion Cars and What it Means for Climate and Energy Policy
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Professor Daniel Sperling
University of California, Davis, Director, Institute of Transportation Studies; Acting Director, Energy Efficiency Center; Professor, Civil Engineering & Environmental Science and Policy; Board member, California Air Resources Board

 

January 20, 2009

Negawatts for Buildings: Observations from the Past 25 Years
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Lee Eng Lock
General Manager, Energy & Contracting Division, TRANE, Singapore

 

October 3, 2008

Extrapolate the Past... or Invent the Future
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Vinod Khosla
Khosla Ventures