ARLINGTON, VA, FEBRUARY 28, 2013 – A panel of some of the United States’ top experts on systems engineering and renewable energy will present their findings from a study tour of top European and Asian labs in a workshop and webcast to be held at the National Science Foundation on March 14th, 2014.
With sponsorship from the National Science Foundation, the seven-member WTEC panel recently toured more than 25 labs abroad, including academic and corporate sites in China, Korea, India, Singapore, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, and the U.K. The study was organized by the World Technology Evaluation Center, Inc. (WTEC) as one of a series of over 70 such assessments of international research.
A particularly important challenge of the 21st Century is the development of clean and renewable sources of energy. There are several candidate technologies, including wind, tidal, geothermal, nuclear, solar, biomass and direct conversion of sunlight, air and water to hydrocarbon fuels. Each of these alternatives has been demonstrated at scales ranging from laboratory to prototype. However, in order to have a significant impact on world energy supplies, they must undergo scale-up by orders of magnitude. This demands systems engineering at a level never before achieved. Thus, the underlying purpose of this study was to examine the current state-of-the-art of systems engineering and systems engineering education to determine what research and pedagogy are needed to prepare the nation to meet this challenge.
The panel will assess general progress in the field, and compare the relative positions of nations in such areas as solar photovoltaics, wind power, biomass, systems engineering modeling, and systems engineering education. The panel will also be issuing a written final report later this year.
The WTEC Systems Engineering for Clean & Renwable Energy Manufacturing (SEEM) panel is chaired by Dr. Matthew Realff of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Also on the panel are Dr. Jian Cao of Northwestern University, Dr. Paul Collopy of the National Science Foundation, Dr. Wayne Curtis of Penn State University, Dr. Abhijit Deshmukh of Purdue University, Dr. Delcie Durham of the University of South Florida, and Dr. Ryne Raffaelle of the Rochester Institute of Technology.
The March 14th workshop will be webcast live. Viewers will have the ability to submit questions for the panelists during the event. For more information and to register for this free webcast, please visit http://www.wtec.org/SEEM. The webcast will remain available online after the event.
The World Technology Evaluation Center is the nation’s leading organization in conducting international technology assessments via peer review. WTEC has conducted over 70 such studies since 1989 under grants from a variety of Federal agencies. For more information, visit http://www.wtec.org.