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April’s Special Event at UMCP: The Future of Energy Initiative

by Communications Team on March 15, 2013  •   Print This Post Print This Post   •   

Don’t Miss This Unique Event!
Joint Meeting of the University of Maryland Institute for Systems Research and INCOSE CC

Presentation:
The Future of Energy Initiative is an open source development group chartered by the Chesapeake Chapter of INCOSE. We see the future of energy as primarily a grand systems engineering challenge. Systems engineering starts with a purpose, a well-defined goal. Our chosen goal is big (>90%) overall reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This goal has no ambiguity (with the exception of timing). How can the world produce a primary sustainable energy source without fossil fuel. The scope of our effort is the traditional concept definition phase. Concept definition clarifies physical and economic constraints, and identifies risks and development alternatives. Society then has a factual basis to make value choices. Our role is architect. Our highest priority is concept definition tradeoffs for breeder nuclear reactors. Our second program area is the system implications of intermittent generators. We need to identify durable system concepts. The group will share its activities with the students and faculty of the University of Maryland at a joint meeting of the Institute for Systems Research Student Organization and the INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter. The group is looking for project ideas, leaders, and support people. Some of these projects have the characteristics that make them worthy of grant support, and the group welcomes organizations like UMCP to pursue such funding opportunities. As an open source group, our mission is to do what we can to see that the work gets done. While the future of energy is a very broad topic, this talk will focus on concept definition phase for wind power and nuclear fission.

Speakers:
Dr. Alex Pavlak PhD, PE. Chairman, FoE Initiative. Patented a “Solyndra like” static solar concentrator and became president of the development company 1970’s. Developed a first-of-its-kind sonar system for the US Navy in the 1980’s. UMBC adjunct professor in engineering

Mr. John Rudesill, Bs, ChE, Cofounder FoE Initiative. Adjunct professor UMBC Chemical & Biochemical Engineering. Over 30 years of experience in new product and process R & D. Co-invented new processes and materials leading to 21 US patents.

Dr. Harry Winsor, PhD, MS in nuclear physics. Co-founder Future of Energy Initiative and nuclear fission lead. Past DARPA Program Manager, Acting Director of the Electronics and Materials Sciences Directorate of AFOSR, and UMBC adjunct and research professor in Applied Physics.

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