Energy Day 2017

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SIU Energy Day 2017 

Thanks to everyone who participated in and attended Energy Day! From Vann Bush's inspiring "grand challenge" keynote, to our thought-provoking research presentations, to our engaging afternoon panel, the future of energy was front and center. Couldn't make it or want to check in again on a presentation?  Here are links to the video tape of the event:

Part 1 Morning sessions:
Part 2 Afternoon sessions and forum.
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Clean, affordable energy for all is a must for the future of humanity, and SIU energy research and education is going strong.  At SIU Energy Day on April 5, you can learn about the biggest trends in energy and meet people at SIU working on solving the big energy problems. SIU Energy Day is scheduled for April 5, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. as part of Da Vinci Days.  SIU Energy Day takes place at the Student Center. This event is for students, faculty, industry, alumni, and anyone else interested in energy and energy education and research opportunities at SIU. See below for full agenda and Expo information.


9:00 a.m.

Student Center Auditorium opens, coffee & Expo @ International Lounge (poster displays, etc in lounge)

9:45 a.m.

Welcome and Morning Keynote (Auditorium)

  • Vann Bush, Managing Director, Energy Supply and Conversion, Gas Technology Institute: “The Unsung Foundation” -  Perspectives on the overall energy situation and the opportunities and challenges that the present status affords 
10:45 a.m.

SIU Energy Research Presentations

  • 10:45 a.m.: M. Sophie Hall - Energy Boost Scholar
  • Energy Boost Seed Grant Recipients
    • 11:00 a.m.: Dr. Christopher Cooley, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes - Vibration Energy Harvesting Devices for Simultaneously Powering Multiple Electrical Loads - View Slides
    • 11:15 a.m.: Dr. Mohtashim Shamsi, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry - Exploring Electrochemically Assisted Methane Production from Coal by Microbial Electrolysis Cell Systems - View Slides
11:30 a.m.

Lunch @ Old Main Room and Lounge for registered attendees

1:00 p.m.

SIU Energy Research Presentations

  • 1:00 p.m.: Dr. Qian (Jenny) Huang, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture - Smart Grid and Buildings Energy Efficiency
  • 1:15 p.m.: Dr. Jia Liu, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering - Microbial Fuel Cells for Power and Contaminant Removal
  • 1:30 p.m.Dr. Qingfeng Ge, Professor, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry 
2:00-3:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion/Debate: The Future of Energy in Southern Illinois

3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks