Sunday, March 14, 2010

Energy (and Other) Events - March 14, 2010


Monday, March 15, 2010

Israeli Cleantech Innovation and Tech Transfer
Speaker: Larry Loev

Time: 8:00a–10:30a

Location: E51-345

Featuring Larry Loev, the Director of Business Development (Physical Sciences) at Ramot, the technology transfer company of Tel Aviv University.

Israel is ranked 1st in the world for number of start-ups per capita and 3rd in the world for Venture Capital availability. As Director of Business Development at Ramot, Mr. Loev works with entrepreneurs and industrial partners to commercialize a portfolio of 100 technologies related to cleantech, medical devices, communications, optics, and electronics. Drawing from his Israel experience, Mr.Loev will share about the challenges and keys to success in commercializing energy and cleantech technology.

8:00-8:15am Networking & Intros (Breakfast and Coffee)
8:15-9:00am Presentation and Q&A
9:00-9:30am Member Announcements & Networking

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MISTI, Center for International Studies, MIT-Israel, MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), MIT Energy Campus Events, Boston Israel Cleantech Alliance, Combined Jewish Philanthropies

For more information, contact:
David Dolev

Monday, March 15, 2010

Speaker: Norbert Lechner, Architect and Professor Emeritus, Auburn University, AL

Time: 12:30p–2:00p

Location: 7-431, AVT

Building Technology Lecture Series

Global warming is the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced in recorded history. Fossil energy must be replaced as quickly as possible by both clean renewable energy and energy efficiency. Since buildings are the main users of energy (about 48%), they must become much more efficient. Most of the energy used by buildings is for heating, cooling, and lighting all of which are very much impacted by the sun. Thus, a sustainable building must be a solar responsive building.

Buildings will not be sustainable just by being covered by solar collectors. The buildings itself must do most of the work in heating, cooling, and lighting itself. The ?Three Tier Approach? explains how this is accomplished, and solar responsive design is a major component of this approach.

However, a major obstacle to solar responsive design is the complexity of solar geometry. Furthermore, many accepted solar design principles are incorrect. For example, contrary to widespread belief, a fixed south overhang cannot fully shade the summer sun and fully harvest the winter sun, fins are not good shading devices on the east and west, and shading for north windows is not restricted to southern latitudes. Fortunately, powerful teaching and design tools called heliodons are available to bust these and other myths and make solar responsive design both easy and accurate.

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): Building Technology Program, Department of Architecture

For more information, contact:
Alexandra Mulcahy

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Wide Bandgap Devices for Energy Efficient Solutions
Speaker: John Palmour, Co-Founder, CREE

Time: 4:00p–5:00p

Location: 34-101

MTL Seminar Series
Refreshments at 3:30 p.m.

MTL hosts a series of talks each semester known as the MTL Seminar Series. Speakers for the series are selected on the basis of their knowledge and competence in the areas of microelectronics research, manufacturing, or policy. The series is held on the MIT Campus during the academic year on Tuesdays at 4:00 pm. For more information regarding the MTL Seminar Series, send e-mail to

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Cost: free

Sponsor(s): Microsystems Technology Laboratories

For more information, contact:
Valerie DiNardo

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Transportation@MIT presents Marta Gonzalez on "Modeling Human Mobility"
Speaker: Marta Gonzalez

Time: 4:00p–5:00p

Location: 3-270

Transportation@MIT Seminar Series
This semester, the Transportation@MIT seminar series will cover a variety of transportation topics including: Propulsion, Vehicles, Sources of Transportation Energy, Environmental Impacts and Climate Change, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Urban Transportation, Automation, Transportation Networks, Dynamic System Control, and Behavioral and Economic Sciences.

I present the results of statistical analysis from extensive data sources coming from mobile phone communication and subway smart cards. Our goal is to gather information from the data to characterize individual travel behavior. For each individual we measure the frequency of visits to preferred locations and analyze the distances of travels and stay time distributions from the whole population. The obtained results are shown to be useful in modeling spreading of viruses at a country scale. Work in progress is shown, comparing individual travel patterns at metropolitan areas from three countries. In the second part of the talk I explore potential applications of data analysis to understand the interactions of individuals with space within urban environments, in particular multiplicative random processes are applied to model the distribution of locations of supply and demand in urban spaces to explain measured distribution of travel distances.

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Transportation@MIT

For more information, contact:
Rebecca Fearing

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Optimal Use of Solar Thermal Energy for Combined Power Generation and Water Desalination
Speaker: Dr. Amin Ghobeity, MIT, Dept. Mechanical Engineering

Time: 4:30p–5:30p

Location: 3-343

Center for 21st Century Energy - Reacting Gas Dynamics Laboratory Seminar Series

Seawater desalination is being increasingly considered as a viable method to address the global shortage of potable water. Conventional desalination methods are, however, energy intensive. Desalting seawater using renewable energy sources is a promising alternative, particularly for islands and remote areas. In this talk, I will present conceptual design, system-level simulation models and optimization of a novel process for combined power generation and seawater desalination using solar energy. The thermal energy collected in a salt pond is used downstream for seawater desalination and electricity generation. Physics-based system-level dynamic models are developed, which are detailed enough to allow for optimization of operation and design under various weather, location and operating conditions (e.g., partial-load, recharging, etc.). The optimization problem is formulated as a nonlinear program (NLP) with dynamics embedded, and a heuristic global optimization approach is used. Plant?s nominal operating conditions, found from the time-invariant optimization, are further improved through the time-dependent optimization of a seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) system, which is considered for seawater desalination in combination with multi-effect distillation (MED). Time-dependent optimization of SWRO is formulated as a mixed-integer nonlinear program (MINLP), allowing for periods of shut-down. The results of optimization will be presented and discussed.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): RGD Lab

For more information, contact:
Patrick Kirchen

Tuesday, March 16, 2010
CTL Distinguished Speaker Series
Speaker: Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, Wired Magazine
Title: The New Industrial Revolution: Why Atoms are the New Bits
Refreshments will be served and the talk will be videotaped.
> 5:30-6:30pm
> E14-633 (Media Lab Extension Building, 6th floor)

background reading

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

If, When and How Social Science Can Contribute to National Security Policy
Speaker: Michael Desch, University of Notre Dame

Time: 12:00p–1:30p

Location: E40-496, Lucian Pye Conference Room

SSP Wednesday Seminar Series

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Security Studies Program

For more information, contact:

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Long Way From Home: The Environmental, Economic, and Social Impacts of a Lack of Affordable Housing
Speaker: Professor William M. Rohe, Boshamer Distinguished Professor of City and Regional Planning; Director, Center for Urban and Regional Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Time: 12:30p–2:00p

Location: 9-450

DUSP Speaker Series
Weekly Lecture Series of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Light lunch served.

Weekly Lecture Series of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning

For more information, contact:
Ezra Glenn

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar: Atomic Structure Details of Nano-Carbon Materials
Speaker: Professor Sumio Iijima (Faculty of Science and Technology, Meijo University; Director, Nanotube Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan)

Time: 4:00p–5:15p

Location: 66-110

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Series
Seminars for the Materials Science community

Nanoscience and nanotechnology addresses the nano-scale structures of materials. Electron microscopy is a critical tool for knowing and controlling structures at the atomic level. Research examples in this talk will include latest results on structural characterization of carbon nanotubes, graphene, and boron nitride mono-layer films

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Center for Materials Science & Engineering, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Materials Processing Center, Materials@MIT

Friday, March 19, 2010

MRS Lunch 'N Lecture Seminar: The "Materials Genome" Project at MIT -- Accelerated and Large-Scale Materials Discovery in the Energy Field
Speaker: Prof. Gerbrand Ceder, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT

Time: 12:00p–1:00p

Location: 6-104, Chipman Room

The need for novel materials is the technological Achilles Heel of our strategy to address the energy and climate problem facing the world. The large-scale deployment of photovoltaics, photosynthesis, storage of electricity, thermoelectrics, or reversible fuel catalysis can not be realized with current materials technologies. The "Materials Genome" project, started at MIT, has as its objective to use high-throughput first principles computations on an unparalleled scale to discover new materials for energy technologies. I will show how several key problems such as crystal structure prediction and accuracy limitations of standard Density Functional Theory methods have been overcome to perform reliable, large scale materials searching.

I will show successful examples of high-throughput calculations in the field of lithium batteries and radiation detectors and discuss our developments in other fields.

Please join us for refreshments at 11:40 AM in 6-104.

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MRS Chapter at MIT, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering

For more information, contact:
Tiffany Ziebell

Friday, March 19, 2010

Seminar on Enviromental and Agricultural History
Speaker: Joseph E. Taylor, Simon Fraser University and University of Portland

Time: 2:30p–4:30p

Location: E51-095

"Pilgrims of the Vertical: Yosemite Rock Climbers and Modern Environmental Culture"

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): History Office, STS

For more information, contact:
Margot Collet


EWB BU is hosting its second speaker event in the speaker series. The lecture will take place as follows:

Pablo Suarez of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Center
Tuesday March 16th
SED 130, on Two Silber Way, Boston

For the second event in our EWB/ONE Spring Speaker Series, we are hosting Pablo Suarez of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Center.

Pablo Suarez got involved with the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Center as a technical advisor. His work as researcher and consultant focuses on the integration of climate information into decision making for reducing vulnerability, both at community level and through national and global policies.

Pablo will talk to us about work the Red Cross is doing to develop early warning and early action systems, including a pilot program in Sengal.


Tuesday, March 16 at 7:00pm
Central Square Library, 45 Pearl St.

GreenPort Forum
The Leadership Campaign: Building a Movement for 100% Clean Electricity in Massachusetts by 2020

Between October 24th and December 7th, students and community leaders across the Commonwealth refused to sleep in housing powered by dirty electricity. Instead, calling on leaders to take the lead on climate legislation, they chose to camp out on the Boston Common and other prominent locations around the state. The Act to Create an Emergency Task Force to Repower Massachusetts was introduced at the beginning of this legislative session and is currently moving its way through the house.

Come learn about this growing movement and consider joining the first sleep-out on Cambridge Common, Sunday, March 28th!
For more information, contact Steve Morr-Wineman at

March 16, 2010 7:30 pm

Design Museum Boston Launch Party
West End Johnnies
138 Portland St.
Boston, MA


Green Jobs Program

The City of Cambridge has announced a green jobs training program. Through the Cambridge Green Jobs Program, individuals will receive training to become energy efficiency technicians through the Energy Efficiency Technician Apprenticeship Program (EETAP), or green building maintenance technicians through the Building Energy Efficient Maintenance Skills Program (BEEMS). Working in collaboration with the Asian American Civic Association (AACA), the City will offer training beginning in April 2010.

An orientation session will be held on March 17, 2:30 to 4:30, Cambridge City Hall Annex. Registration is encouraged.

For more details, see

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