U.Va. Engineering School Launches Symposium to Tackle Global Energy Dilemma

Sept. 25, 2007 -- Leading the University of Virginia’s efforts to engage in energy issues of national and global proportions, the School of Engineering and Applied Science has launched an innovative energy lecture series, titled “The Future is Now: Perspectives on Global Energy Issues.”

“As a leader in science, engineering and technology, the U.Va. Engineering School is taking on the charge of addressing the nation’s — and the world’s — energy dilemma,” says Engineering School dean James H. Aylor. “The school takes seriously its commitment to contributing knowledge, perspective and solutions to this complex and ever-expanding problem.”

In the fall lecture series, leaders in their fields will explore the technological, political, social and cultural aspects of energy solutions throughout the nation and world at U.Va.’s Engineering School in Charlottesville. The inaugural talk will take place Sept. 27 at 3:30 p.m. in Thornton Hall’s E-wing, room E-316.

The media are invited to attend any of the fall lectures, a schedule of which is as follows:

“Meeting U.S. Power Generation Needs While Balancing Stakeholder Expectations”
David Gee, President of North America, AES Corporation
3:30 p.m. on Sept. 27
Thornton Hall E-316 (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

“Technological Advancements and Career Opportunities in the Oil and Natural Gas Industry”
Rayola Dougher, Senior Economic Analyst, American Petroleum Institute
2 p.m. on Oct. 26
MEC 205 (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)
Exhibit in Wilsdorf Hall Atrium: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The Peaking of World Oil Production and Its Mitigation”
Robert Hirsch, Senior Energy Program Adviser, SAIC
11 a.m. on Nov. 29
CHE 005 (Chemical Engineering Building)

About the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science

Founded in 1836, the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science combines research and educational opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Within the undergraduate programs, courses in engineering, ethics, mathematics, the sciences and the humanities are available to build a strong foundation for careers in engineering and other professions. Its abundant research opportunities complement the curriculum and educate young men and women to become thoughtful leaders in technology and society. At the graduate level, the Engineering School collaborates with the University’s highly ranked medical and business schools on interdisciplinary research projects and entrepreneurial initiatives. With a distinguished faculty and a student body of 2,000 undergraduates and 650 graduate students, the Engineering School offers an array of engineering disciplines, including cutting-edge research programs in computer and information science and engineering, bioengineering and nanotechnology. For more information, visit www.seas.virginia.edu.