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November 16th, 2010

MS&T’10 plenary presentations: ‘Energy, Infrastructure, Policy and Security’

Published on November 16th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Audio versions (MP3) of the three plenary speakers at last month’s MS&T’10 conference are now available. We’ve broken them up into the individual presentations by Terry Michalske, Robert T. McGrath and Diran Apelian, plus a separate audio of the Q&A session that followed. The trio are introduced by ACerS President Marina Pascucci.

Terry Michalske: “Energy, Climate and Global Security in the 21st Century”

Michalske is the director of Savannah River National Lab. Building on 50-plus years of technological achievement and a framework of vital core competencies, SRNL applies state-of-the-art science to provide practical, high-value, cost-effective solutions to complex technical problems. The laboratory earns its world-class reputation because of its talented people and their unwavering commitment to safety, security and quality. SRNL applies this commitment to solving the complex problems of the times, such as the detection of weapons of mass destruction, the cleanup of contaminated groundwater and soils, the development of hydrogen as an energy source, the need for a viable national defense, and the safe management of hazardous materials.

Robert T. McGrath: “Alternative Energy Sources for Reducing Dependence on Fossil Fuels”

McGrath has 27 years experience in government lab, industry and academic settings, including previously serving as Deputy Laboratory Director for all Science & Technology programs at the National Renewable Energy Lab, and managing Ohio State University’s $720 million annual research program. He has contributed to Brookings Institute Briefings on Energy Policy and serves as consultant on Energy, STEM Education and R&D for Battelle and other clients.

Diran Apelian: “Linking Transformational Materials and Processing for an Energy Efficient and Low Carbon Economy: Creating the Vision and Accelerating Realization”

Apelian is Howmet Professor of Engineering and Director of the Metal Processing Institute at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He joined WPI in 1990 as the institute’s provost. He is credited with pioneering work in various areas of solidification processing, including molten metal processing, aluminum foundry engineering, plasma deposition and spray casting/forming. Apelian is the recipient of many distinguished honors and awards; he has over 500 publications to his credit, and serves on several technical and corporate boards.

Question & Answer period

The panelist field questions from various members of the plenary audience.


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