Monday, February 08, 2010

Energy (and Other) Events - February 8, 2010


Monday, February 08, 2010
Dynamic Response to Environmental Regulation in Electricity Markets
Speaker: Joseph Cullen (Harvard)

Time: 2:30p–4:00p

Location: E52-244

Dynamic Response to Environmental Regulation in Electricity Markets

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): IO Workshop (Sponsored by Analysis Group)

For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Sustainable Transportation/Accessibility: A Grand Challenge for the World ? and MIT.?
Speaker: John Sterman, Sloan School of Management

Time: 4:00p–5:00p

Location: 3-270

Transportation@MIT Seminar Series

In Spring 2010, the Transportation@MIT seminar series continues by drawing knowledge from MIT research that is applicable to transportation. Our goal is to strengthen the community of MIT researchers by sharing information in the following areas: airlines, automation, behavior and economics, energy sources, environmental impacts, logistics and supply chains, networks, propulsion, system control, urban challenges, and vehicles.

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free Admission to MIT and General Public

Sponsor(s): Transportation@MIT

For more information, contact:
Rebecca Fearing

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

MIT Food and Agriculture Collaborative Kick Off Meeting
Time: 6:00p–7:00p

Location: E51-145

We had a fabulous fall semester, full of dynamic discussions, provocative Food@MIT speakers, and a mapping of the ag ecosystem at MIT - it's clear that MIT students, staff, and faculty have a keen interest in these issues. At the MITFAC kickoff meeting we will be breaking into working groups to carry forward last semester's work. These include:

* MITFAC 2010 Speakers series
* Local Food Access
* MITFAC poster session
* Campus food systems
* Communication and web spaces
* A Monthly Food & Ag Happy Hour
* and more (insert your ideas here)!

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Agriculture Forum

For more information, contact:
Elizabeth McVay Greene

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

MIT Energy Club lecture series: Solar Power Satellites
Speaker: Geoffrey Landis, NASA Glenn researcher

Time: 6:00p–7:00p

Location: 4-163

With the increases in energy cost and recent interest in finding ways to produce energy with reduced emission of greenhouse gasses, there has been renewed interest in the concept of producing power using solar panels in space, and then beaming this power downward to provide electrical power for use on the Earth. This concept, called the "Solar Power Satellite," was first proposed by Peter Glaser in 1968, and, in revised and updated form, has been proposed many times since as a possible solution to the energy crisis.
In the original concept, the power-generating satellite features a large (many square kilometer) solar array in geosynchronous orbit, which produces power at the multiple gigawatt level, and uses this power to generate a microwave beam to the surface of the Earth, where it is converted back into electrical power with a rectifying antenna ("rectenna"). Some alternate versions use higher frequency electromagnetic beaming or lasers to transmit the power.
Does the concept make sense on the level of basic physics? Can it be implemented in a way that makes economic sense? The basic concepts behind satellite solar power for Earth will be analyzed and evaluated.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

For more information, contact:
Elsa Olivetti

Date: Friday, February 12, 2010
Research at Google
Speaker: Alfred Spector, VP of Research, Google
Time: 3:00PM to 4:00PM
Location: 34-401/Grier Room

Contact: Victoria Palay, 617.253.8924,
Alfred Spector
VP of Research and Special Initiatives

Alfred joined Google in 2007 and is responsible for research across Google and also a growing collection of special initiatives, such as open source, health, university relations, and more. Alfred speaks widely on research and innovation, and spends much time helping Google connect to the university research community.

Previously, Alfred was Vice President of Strategy and Technology IBM's Software Business, and prior to that, he was Vice President of Services and Software Research across IBM. He was also founder and CEO of Transarc Corporation, a pioneer in distributed transaction processing and wide area file systems, and was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, specializing in highly reliable, highly scalable distributed computing.

Alfred received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford and his A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the IEEE, and the ACM, and the recipient of the 2001 IEEE Computer Society's Tsutomu Kanai Award for work in scalable architectures and distributed systems.


February 11, 2010

Optimization of Concentrated Solar Power

Assistant Professor, Alexander Mitsos from the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT

3:00 AM to 4:15 PM

Location: Medford/Somerville Campus
Anderson Hall
Nelson Auditorium

Thanks to Fred Hapgood's Boston Lectures on Science and Engineering list

Links to greater Boston college and university lectures and events at

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