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Ignite Fall Speaker Series

September 15, 2020 November 10, 2020 EDT

This fall Clarkson Ignite invites all students to become inspired about the future. For the President’s Challenge we want you to tackle any opportunity important to you. To help you prepare to meet this challenge, Clarkson Ignite is hosting nine different talks throughout the semester, each focusing on various UN Sustainable Development Goals. These sessions will offer you the ability to understand some of those opportunities better and expand your knowledge. Starting Tuesday, September 15 at 2PM, join us virtually, listen, and ask questions to leading academics, entrepreneurs, and practitioners on topics ranging from energy resiliency, Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), mental health, and more! We will host this  nine week series on Zoom, and registration is required. Check for our first link in the Wednesday September 9 announcements! If you have any questions, please reach out to Clarkson Ignite at ignite@clarkson.edu.

Swift Rails, Sustainable Transportation: Challenges and Opportunities

Tuesday, September 15 at 2 PM

Clarkson Ignite welcomes Swift Rails CEO, Kevin Neumaier ‘86, and COO, Tony Gale, for this semester’s first virtual Speaker Series event. Neumaier graduated from Clarkson University in the class of 1986 with a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering which he now applies to his passion and career in sustainable transport. Neumaier and Gale first met early in their careers when they worked at Ecology and Environment, Inc. together, and they later reunited as part of the executive team at Swift Rails.

Swift Rails looks toward the future of sustainable transportation. For this talk, Neumaier and Gale will share their experiences and discuss the contemporary challenges innovating and implementing transportation technology. Join us on Zoom to discover a new perspective on the merger of sustainable solutions, the future of transportation, and a discussion of what this future may look like.

Dr. Stephen Bird, The Energy Transition

Tuesday, September 22 at 2 PM

In the coming energy transition, big “innovation buzzwords” include resilience, distributed energy, and the Green New Deal. In this presentation, Dr. Bird will explore how we govern these new, complicated energy systems and whether the public will support and pay for them. Focusing on larger scale microgrids, he and his colleagues ask how much we are really willing to pay for more resilient and sustainable electricity. Can a common energy vision be supported by the public, big energy interests, and governments? Join us on Zoom where Dr. Bird will examine these topics and share a glimpse of the potential future of the energy transition.  

Stephen Bird is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of the ISE’s Adirondack Semester at Clarkson University. He is also a Research Faculty Affiliate with the Positive Energy Project at the University of Ottawa–where he was a Fulbright Research Chair in 2016-17. His research interests include split incentives and smart housing, energy opinion and social acceptance (for fracking, solar, and wind), and technology governance (microgrids and green data centers). He’s worked with the U.S. State Department, the European Commission, and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Robert Thomas, Sustainable Concrete

Tuesday, September 29 at 2 PM

 Dr. Ashleigh Graveline, Mental Health

Tuesday, October 6 at 2 PM

Dr. Vicki LaFay, Injury Prevention

Tuesday, October 13 at 2 PM

Dr. Ali Boolani, Energy and Fatigue

Tuesday, October 20 at 2 PM

John Rydzewski ‘91, ‘93, Water Treatment in the Apparel Industry

Tuesday, October 27 at 2 PM

 Dr. Michael Twiss, Ancient and Modern Plagues: Harmful Algal Blooms

Tuesday, November 3 at 2 PM

Dr. Yang Yang, Electrochemical Treatment Processes For Wastewater and HABs

Tuesday, November 10 at 2 PM