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May 25 2012

Off the Grid: Energy Conference 2012 Takes Interdisciplinary and Global Approach

Old Westbury, N.Y.  (May 25, 2012)  ΜΆ  From well-equipped emergency shelters for disaster victims to solar power alternatives, NYIT’s Energy Conference promises a comprehensive look at “off the grid” technology for developed and developing nations.

The June 13 conference, now in its seventh year, will feature a roster of nine experts in three panels on power, water, and shelter. With an interdisciplinary and global approach, panelists will touch on architecture, engineering, and social approaches to energy-related issues from developed areas like Long Island to the rural countryside of Ghana and Haiti.

Dr. Edward Gotfried, director of NYIT’s Center for Global Health, will discuss the challenges of working in the undeveloped world, where access to electricity and clean water are key concerns.

“I’m going to put a picture on the problems we face in the underdeveloped world,” said Gotfried.  “The point of my presentation is to talk about what happens when the undeveloped or developing world faces problems as simple as no clean water.”

Keynote speaker Rich Rotanz, executive director of the Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security, will challenge the conference participants about their understanding of the preparations necessary for emergencies.

“Do you have a preparedness plan for home and work?” he asked, noting that residents must be proactive and also understand that a “response” to an emergency must start, in the form of adequate planning, before the event actually occurs.

Steve Apelman, president of Macro Electronics, will discuss the technology used in the design of one of his company’s emergency shelters. The shelters can offer indoor waterless toilets and have solar and wind-turbine elements to generate lighting.

“The psychology of the whole (disaster) event needs to be addressed when you build someone a shelter,” Apelman says.“People need peace, security, and safety.”

Other experts at the conference include:  NYIT Architecture professor Jason Van Ness;  Peter Williams, the founder and executive director of ARCHIVE; Hollice Stone of Stone Security Engineering, David Schieren of EmPower Solar; Kirk Sorensen of Flibe Energy; David Abecassis of Biogard, David York of Waterworld & Solar Technologies; and Ram Venkatadri of Pall Corp.

About NYIT

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has 14,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.

Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, more than 92,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu.

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