Dick Bourne, founder of the Davis Energy Group, the UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center, and Integrated Comfort, Inc. will review key experiences in his life as an inventor, for two purposes: 1) the drawing of lessons useful to the young and creative; and 2) entertainment. From his inventive start as a grad student in the Stanford Design Division, where he was also a writer in the Engineering Case Program, Dick will describe how studying the inventing process and working with creative designers nurtured his early (but failed) attempt to support a family as an independent inventor. After reviewing several of his early inventions- some fanciful and some practical- Dick will describe learning to use OPM (other people’s money) to develop useful designs/inventions that serve the public interest. Most of the talk will focus on energy efficiency products for buildings, including innovative solar heating and natural cooling concepts. In this arena he will briefly summarize six of his patents that have achieved progress toward commercialization. These will include unique systems for radiant floor heating, night roof-spray/storage cooling, low-cost solar heating, two-stage evaporative cooling, dual evaporative pre-cooling for HVAC units, and geothermal heat exchangers. For each of these, Dick will present the major rationale, the crux of the design, the alternate paths to the market, and the key lesson learned.
Dick earned a BA from Amherst College and ME degrees from West Virginia and Stanford. After 3 years in industry and 7 years teaching at the University of Nebraska, Dick moved to Davis in 1978 and formed the Davis Energy Group. In 2006 Dick became founding director of the UC Western Cooling Efficiency Center. He retired from UCD in 2009 and later joined Integrated Comfort to focus on marketing his DualCool invention. Dick holds 22 U.S. patents.
Date(s) - 05/04/2017
1062 Bainer Classroom