Energy is one of the grand challenges facing modern society, and energy technologies available today are inadequate to efficiently convert and utilize new energy resources. This presentation begins with a brief overview of current energy system to recognize the scale and scope of the challenges, and then reviews potential alternatives for sustainable energy future. The technology gaps will be examined to illustrate that both the significant challenges we are facing and the potential technical solutions we should be pursuing can be understood by using fundamental concepts and quantitative reasoning. An historical perspective will also be discussed to help sketching pathways to the future.
About the Speaker
Dr. Lin Li is a Senior Staff Research Engineer at Chevron Energy Technology Company, Richmond, CA. He received BS, MS and Ph. D. degree in Chemical Engineering from TianjinUniversity, Tianjin, China, in 1983, 1986 and 1989, respectively, and then worked 9 years at TsinghuaUniversity, Beijing, China, with growing responsibilities in teaching, research and administration. He moved to the US in 1998, and after research experiences at PrincetonUniversity and UC Berkeley he started his industrial career by joining UOP, Des Plaines, IL, in 2001. Dr. Li published 1 book and more than 40 journal papers. He also has 4 Chinese patents, and 18 US patents/applications. He is a certified 6-Sigma Black Belt. Dr. Li currently serve as the Chair of AIChE Northern California Local Section and a Board Director of Chinese American Chemical Society (CACS).
Date(s) - 06/05/2014
4:10 pm - 5:00 pm
1062 Bainer Classroom