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2009 Midwest Regional Conference

Monday, October 5-6, 2009, 9:00am EDT
Event format: 
In-Person / Local
Posted by Oleg Yazvin
Chicago, IL
United States

Parking

Parking is available for $11/day in the UIC lot at the northeast corner of Taylor and Halsted (enter on Taylor).

Conference Overview

The theme for this year's symposium is "Energy & Sustainability". Join us for a symposium planning meeting on May 4th at 4:00 pm 810 S. Clinton, Chicago. Please contact Dennis O'Brien for volunteer opportunities.

Tentative program will be 3 parallel sessions on both days. The high school outreach program will be planned for both days.

Program

Session Chair / Speaker Affiliation Topic
Session 01 Pat Shannon Middough Alternative Fuels
Session 01-a Dr. Balan Venkatesh GLBRC (MSU) All About the Great Lakes BioEnergy Research Center
Session 01-b Woei Lau Ming GLBRC (MSU) Cellulosic Ethanol Hydrolysis
Session 01-c Leonard Da Costa Sousa GLBRC (MSU) Cellulosic Ethanol Fermentation
Session 01-d Dr. Patricia Slininger USDA Stress-Tolerent Yeasts for Ethanol Production form Cellulosic Biomass
Session 01-e Dean Karafa Middough Biomass Fuel for Combined Heat and Power
Session 02 Kevin Taylor   The Future Electrical Energy System
Session 03 Robert Becker UIC-EE Electrical
Session 04 Dr. George Crabtree Argonne Energy and Sustainability
Session 04-a George Crabtree Argonne The Sustainability Challenge
Session 04-b David O'Donnell Dept. of Environment, City of Chicago Chicago's Vision for Energy and Sustainability
Session 04-c David Dunand Northwestern University The Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at NU
Session 04-d Cindy Klein-Banai University of Illinois at Chicago Sustainability in the Urban University
Session 04-e Peter Dreiske EPIR Technologies The Business of Sustainability: The balance between profit and progress
Session 05 Jim Van der Kloot USEPA Engineering Opportunities in Sustainable Development
Session 05-a Jim Van der Kloot USEPA Overview of Sustainable Development Challenges
Session 05-b Bob Newport USEPA Green Stormwater Management Practices
Session 05-c Janet Attarian Chicago Dept of Transportation Green Streets and Alleys
Session 05-d panel + Dennis O'Brien Jacobs Consultancy Discussion of Opportunities in Sustainable Development
Session 06 Justin Notestein NU-ChE Novel Materials and Processing for Energy & Sustainability
Session 06-a C. Bayram, F.H.Teherani, D.Rogers, R. Mcclintock & Prof M Razeghi NU-EE Novel Green Light Emitting Diodes: Innovating Droop-free Lighting Solutions for Sustainable Earth
Session 06-b Paul Desario, Le Chen, Michael Graham, Prof Kimberly Gray NU-Civil & Envir Engr & ChE Synthesis and Characterization of Nb-substituted Titania thin films for energy and energy efficient applications
Session 06-c Post-Doc & Prof Randy Snurr NU-ChE Metal organic framework materials for H2 storage or energy efficient separations
Session 06-d Steven Girard & Prof Mercouri Kanatzidis NU Chemistry & Argonne Thermoelectric materials for efficient electricity generation
Session 06-e Prof John Torkelson NU-ChE & Materials Science Novel processing techniques for polymer recycling
Session 06-f TBD & Prof Harold Kung NU-ChE Novel battery materials for transportation applications
Session 07 Randall Meyer UIC-ChE Catalysis
Session 08 Alireza Khaligh IIT-EE Electrical
Session 09   GTI  
Session 10 Charles M. Schroeder UIUC-ChE  
Session 10-a Dylan Dodd, Shinichi Kiyonari, Yejun Han, Charles M.Schroeder, Roderick I. Mackie, Isaac K.O. Cann UIUC-microbiology, genomic biology, energy biosciences, chemical & biomolecular engineering, animal sciences Reconstitution of an enzyme mixture from the fiber degrading rumen bacterium Prevotella bryantii B14 which is capable of deconstructing hemicellulose
Session 10-b Fei Wen, Jie Sun, and Huimin Zhao UIUC-Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Institute for Genomic Biology, and Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology Recombinant Yeast Strains Towards Consolidated Bioprecessing: Surface Display of Functional Mini-cellulosomes for Direct Conversion of Cellulose to Ethanol
Session 10-c Tae-Hee Lee and Huimin Zhao UIUC-Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Institute for Genomic Biology, and Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology Engineering an L-arabinose/xylose co-utilizing S. cerevisiae for biofuels production
Session 10-d Ryan Sullivan and Huimin Zhao UIUC-Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Institute for Genomic Biology, and Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology Microbial Synthesis of Xylitol from Hemicellulose
Session 10-e     Talk on membrane-less fuel cells by Professor Paul Kenis' group