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Energy & Environment Seminar Series


Our future depends on finding solutions to intertwined energy and environmental challenges. The Delaware Energy Institute and the Delaware Environmental Institute are teaming up to offer a series of talks by University of Delaware researchers in our common areas of interest: energy, water, food, and climate. We hope to enhance our shared knowledge of the related research happening on campus and encourage collaborations.

Unless otherwise noted on the schedule below, all fall 2017 seminars will take place on Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. in Room 106 of the Center for Composite Materials at the southeast corner of Delaware Avenue and Academy Street.

If you're in Newark or nearby, we invite you to attend the talk in person — there wil be light refreshments! But if you can't attend in person, you may join the seminar remotely via WebEx, where you'll be able to hear the audio and see the PowerPoint slides. We will also record the talk for viewing afterward — see the links to each recorded talk in the full schedule below.

To join the seminar by Benjamin Wollet on November 28 on your computer, use this link.


Call in by phone using one of these numbers:
1-855-244-8681 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
1-650-479-3207 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)

Use this link to troubleshoot if you have trouble joining the seminar.


Our Next Seminar:

"Pumping Gas, Mobilizing Interests: A History of Climate Change and Transportation, 1987–93"
Tuesday, November 28, 4:00 p.m., 106 Center for Composite Materials

Photo of Ben WolletBenjamin W. Wollet is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Delaware with interests in the history of science and technology. He received his bachelor's degree in history from Ohio Northern University and his mater's from Ohio University. He is currently a scholar in the Hagley Program in Capitalism, Technology, and Culture.

Benjamin has given scholarly presentations at the Policy History Conference in 2014, the Society for the History of Technology in 2017, and has a paper accepted at the American Society for Environmental History meeting in 2018. He is the recipient of travel grants to conduct research at the Gerald R. Ford Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the George Bush Library in College Station, Texas, the William J. Clinton Library in Little Rock Arkansas, and the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.



Fall 2017 Schedule
(Links will connect you to the recorded version of each talk)

Download a PDF flyer of the full schedule here.

Oct. 3
Steven Hegedus, Scientist, Institute for Energy Conversion, presents
“Research at the Institute for Energy Conversion on Advanced Silicon Solar Cell Device Structures.”

Oct. 11 (note that this is a Wednesday)
Bonnie Ram, Senior Researcher and Associate Director, Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration, presents
“Renewable Energy in Denmark and Delmarva: Transitioning to a Clean Energy Economy.”

Oct. 17
Bingqing Wei, Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, presents
“Nanomaterials for Energy Storage Applications”

Oct. 24
McKay Jenkins, Cornelius A. Tilghman Professor, Dept. of English, presents
“Highways, Subdivisions, and GMOs: An Environmental Humanities Look at the Way Americans Eat.”
(Due to technical difficulties, only 32 minutes of this presentation were recorded.)

Nov. 7
David Wunsch, State Geologist and Director, Delaware Geological Survey, presents
“Water Supply Management Issues in the Delaware River System: A Tale of Tunnels, Transfers, Tumult, and Trout Fishing.”

Nov. 14 (note that this takes place in 366 Colburn Lab)
Holly Michael, Unidel Fraser Russell Career Development Chair for the Environment, Dept. of Geological Sciences, and Associate Director of Environmental Initiatives, DENIN, presents
"Water Sustainability Challenges in the 21st Century"

Nov. 28
Benjamin Wollet, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of History
"Pumping Gas, Mobilizing Interests:  A History of Climate Change and Transportation, 1987-93."

Dec. 5
Andreas Malikopoulos, Associate Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, presents
“A Decentralized Energy-Optimal Control Framework for Connected and Automated Vehicles”

Dec. 12
John Byrne, Distinguished Professor of Energy and Climate Policy and Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, presents
“New Strategies for the New Climate: Thoughts and Observations After the COP23 Bonn Meetings”