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Monday, September 14th
3:45 PM

Project Icebreaker: Offshore Wind Project in Lake Erie

David Zeng, Stevens Institute of Technology

Wind energy is one of the most promising renewable energy resources. The Great Lakes region in the US has huge potential for offshore wind energy development. However, ice loading in winter brings a unique challenge to the foundations for wind turbines. Model tests and numerical simulation have been conducted to investigate different types of foundations and techniques to reduce the ice loading. The ultimate goal is to design a safe and economical foundation for future large-scale wind farms in the Great Lakes.

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Monday, September 21st
3:45 PM

Application of Net Zero Principles to the Army’s Industrial Base

Christos Christodoulatos

In January 2014, the Secretary of the Army distributed Army Directive 2014-02 "Net Zero Installations Policy". The Net Zero Policy requires installations to: (1) reduce overall energy use, maximize efficiency, implement energy recovery and cogeneration opportunities, and offset the remaining demand with the production of renewable energy from onsite sources and (2) reduce overall water use, regardless of the source; increase use of technology that uses water more efficiently; recycle and reuse water. The Army's industrial base and especially munitions manufacturing facilities generate waste streams with high nutrient and carbon content and therefore present unique opportunities for development and application of sustainable technology and environmental management. In this presentation we will explore approaches that have the potential to convert these water-intensive and energivorous operations into shining examples of environmentally sustainable practices and at the same time help the Army achieve its vision to manage the natural resources with a goal of Net Zero in energy, water and solid waste at its installations.

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Monday, September 28th
3:45 PM

Systems Microbiology: From Genomes to Ecosystems

Jizhong Zhou, University of Oklahoma

Twenty-first century microbiology faces several grand challenges, e.g., linking structure to functions, mechanisms controlling extremely high diversity, information scaling from genomes to ecosystems, modeling simulation and predictions. With the recent advances of omics technologies, microbiologists have begun to tackle some of these challenges. In this talk, I will report the most recently progresses in these areas at the Institute for Environmental Genomics, with respect to genomic technologies, global microbial diversity and biogeography of wastewater treatment plants, climate warming, community assembly and network tool development, and ecosystem modeling.

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM