2013: Preparing for Climate Change

2013: Preparing for Climate Change

The annual NYIT Energy Conference took place on June 13, 2013. Science, disaster, and energy experts agreed that extreme weather will continue to disrupt lives around the world, with severe social, political, and economic implications.


8:30 – 9 a.m.


9 – 9:20 a.m.


  • Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., Provost and V.P. for Academic Affairs, NYIT
  • Nada Anid, Ph.D., Dean, School of Engineering & Computing Sciences, NYIT
  • Nancy Johnson, 2013 Energy Award

9:20 – 9:50 a.m.

Featured Speaker on Climate Change

  • Cynthia Rosenzweig, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Science

9:50 – 10:20 a.m.

Superstorm Sandy and the Impact of Extreme Weather

  • Keynote Speaker: Louis Uccellini, Ph.D., Director, National Weather Service

10:20 – 10:30 a.m.

Question and Answers

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.


10:45 – 11: 45 a.m.

Panel 1: Energy Storage and Production
Moderator: Gregory Sachs, EmPower Solar

Energy Storage Trends: Towards Sustainable and Reliable Deliveries

  • Rahul Walawalkar, Ph.D., Vice President, Emerging Technologies & Markets, Customized Energy Solutions
  • David Droz, Assistant Vice President, Business Development, Urban Green Energy

Energy Storage Options for Emergency Preparedness

  • William Acker, Ph.D., Executive Director, New York Battery & Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST)

Noon – 1 p.m.

Buffet Lunch and Networking

1 – 1:30 p.m.

The Cultural Context of Disasters

  • Susanna Hoffman, Ph.D., Disaster Anthropologist, Author, and Director, Hoffman Consulting

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Panel 2: Storm-Resilient Critical Infrastructure
Moderator:  Gregory Banhazl, NYIT

Preparing Infrastructure for Extreme Weather Events

  • Rae Zimmerman, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Civil Infrastructure, NYU
  • Doug Melzer, Chief Executive, City of Long Beach Medical Center

Operation Resilient Long Island

  • Danel Horn, ORLI Founder, School of Architecture and Design, NYIT

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Panel 3: Powering and Operating Emergency Services
Moderator: John Eff, NYIT

Mark Schwarz, Building Plans Examiner, Dept. of Buildings, Town of Hempstead

Strengthening the Power Grid: Options and Challenges

  • Rosy Lum, Chief Analyst, TransmissionHub, a PennWell publication

3:30 – 3:40 p.m.

Closing Remarks

  • Robert Amundsen, Ph.D., Director, Energy Management Graduate Program, NYIT

Conference Sponsors

New York Community Bank. Member FEDIC.