2018 Energy Conference Design

2018: Bioenergy & Natural Systems

Bioenergy & Natural Systems

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8:30 – 9 a.m.


9 – 9:10 a.m.

“Opening Remarks”
Henry C. “Hank” Foley, Ph.D., President,
New York Institute of Technology

9:10 – 9:40 a.m.

“The Role of Bioenergy in a Climate-Changing World”
Virginia H. Dale, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor,
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

9:40 – 10:10 a.m.

“Biodiversity and Food Security Challenges for Bioenergy”
Keith L. Kline, Distinguished Research Staff,
Environmental Sciences Division,
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

10:10 – 10:40 a.m.

“Biofuels Without Photosynthesis: Electrofuels and Biomining”
Scott A. Banta, Ph.D., Professor of Chemical Engineering,
Columbia University

10:40 – 11 a.m.


11 – 11:30 a.m.

“Integrating Shrub Willow into the Landscape for Bioenergy and Ecosystem Services”
Timothy A. Volk, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate,
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

“Rising CO2 Levels Impact Human Nutrition by Diminishing the Nutritional Quality of Crops Worldwide”
Irakli Loladze, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Bryan College of Health Sciences, Bryan Medical Center

12 – 1:20 p.m.


1:20 – 1:50 p.m.

“Offshore Wind Turbines: Issues in Fisheries”
David Beutel, Aquaculture Coordinator,
Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council

1:50 – 2:20 p.m.

“Engineering Enzymes to Reduce Biofuels Production Costs”
Shishir Chundawat, Ph.D., Assistant Professor,
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Rutgers University

2:20 – 2:50 p.m.

“Low Carbon Energy Technologies for a Sustainable Future”
Devinder Mahajan, Ph.D., Director,
Institute of Gas Innovation and Technology and Professor,
Chemical and Molecular Engineering, Stony Brook University

2:50 – 3:20 p.m.

“Clean Direct Use of Biomass for Thermal Applications”
Rebecca Trojanowski, Staff Engineer,
Sustainable Energy Technologies,
Brookhaven National Laboratory


U.S. Green Building Council. Long Island Chapter.
AEE: The Association of Energy Engineers. Long Island Chapter.