U.Va. Engineering School Symposium Tackles Global Energy Dilemma

March 21, 2008 — The University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science will host a panel discussion, "Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Energy Conservation and Sustainability at the Community Level," as the second presentation in its annual energy lecture series. The presentation will take place Wednesday, March 26, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 125 of Minor Hall. The public is invited.

The lecture series, "The Future is Now: The Business, Technology and Politics of Global Energy," is presented by the Engineering School in collaboration with U.Va.'s Darden School of Business, School of Architecture and School of Law. The series focuses on national and global energy issues.

Wednesday's discussants will be Paxton Marshall, associate dean of undergraduate programs in U.Va.'s Engineering School; Phoebe Crisman, a U.Va. associate professor of architecture; William Morrish, U.Va.'s Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture; and Cheryl Gomez, director of energy and utilities at the University.

The panel will address new strategies for designing buildings, homes and the communities in which they exist in ways that are eco-friendly, sustainable and affordable. The design of spaces, products and systems that support conservation and environmentally responsible behavior will help determine how human life and the natural environment are designed.

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 information, visit www.seas.virginia.edu.