IT Public Lecture Series
The University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology offers public lectures featuring distinguished leaders on topics related to science and technology. The lectures are designed to share the latest scientific discoveries, explore the impact of technology on culture, and encourage networking on campus. The program is sponsored by the Institute of Technology Alumni Society.2008–09 Institute of Technology Public Lecture
Beyond Fossil Fools: The Roadmap to Energy Independence
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009 • 6:30 p.m. Reception • 7 p.m. Lecture
Coffman Memorial Union, Coffman Theater
300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis
Presented by Joe Shuster
Join Joe Shuster (ChemE '55), the author of Beyond Fossil Fools, for a relevant and revealing talk on the most important issue of our time: energy. Shuster, a Minnesota businessman and University of Minnesota alumnus, will lead you on an energy road trip to U.S. energy independence in one generation. He will outline how we must urgently map a new direction to avert the energy disasters that loom on the horizon. His clear and quantified presentation defines the problem, explores the possibilities and then shows the roadmap to a solution, complete with costs and a timeline for implementation.
Joe Shuster, a chemical engineer for more than 50 years, founded or co-founded eight companies, many addressing diverse energy-related issues. He co-founded Minnesota Valley Engineering (MVE), which designed and manufactured equipment for hydrogen handling, enhanced oil recovery systems, and transportation fuel systems. Shuster also founded Teltech, a science and engineering consulting firm that produced hundreds of technical dossiers, including reports on photovoltaic manufacturing, fuel cells, natural gas purification, and other energy-related topics.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information call 612-626-1802.
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see the events calendar.
January 12, 2009