Hamid Arastoopour is the first director of the Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER). He and Peg Murphy (Assistant Director of WISER) visited the Institute of Design on Apr 27 for a lecture and discussion with students and faculty. This is a video of Professor Arastoopour's lecture.
Excerpt: “There is no silver bullet to solve energy and sustainability issues. These global issues are functions of location, time, technology, and lifestyle. Effective solutions must be developed both locally and globally. A comprehensive energy, water, and sustainability policy is needed. This program should address impacts on economy, security, and climate change. There is a need for a paradigm shift in the way we are thinking and living.”
WISER was established in 2007 with the financial support of IIT Trustee and benefactor Ralph Wanger to further enhance the scope of energy and sustainability research activities formerly administered under the auspices of the IIT Energy and Sustainability Institute. The overall mission of WISER is to continue to improve the quality of life while preserving our natural resources and the environment for future generations. Their approach is to use a least-cost strategy to follow a path toward decarbonization of the global energy system and to provide reliable, secure and affordable energy while improving energy efficiency and preserving resources and the environment. To achieve this, they are developing several interdisciplinary research teams in targeted research and educational areas consisting of faculty from all IIT academic units and other universities and researchers from national and research laboratories and industry.
Dr. Arastoopour joined the Chemical Engineering faculty at IIT in 1985 and chaired the department from 1989 to 2003. He served as Dean of the Armour College of Engineering from 2003 to 2008, and received a joint faculty appointment the following year in the Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering. He began his research activities at the Institute of Gas Technology (IGT) in the experimental measurement and mathematical modeling and simulation of pneumatic conveying and fluidized bed systems associated with coal conversion and gasification processes. His main research expertise is in the area of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) of multiphase flow and particle technology—an area motivated by energy and environmentally related applications and documented in more than 100 publications and 13 U.S. patents. He currently serves on the editorial board of Powder Technology Journal. A fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), he has received a number of national awards including the Donald Q. Kern Award in Heat Transfer and Energy Conversion, the Fluor Daniel Lectureship in Fluidization and Fluid/Particle Systems, the Fluidization Processes Recognition Award, and the Ernest W. Thiele Award. He also received IIT’s excellence in teaching award in 1992.
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This lecture is part of the new 'Social Sustainability' Seminar course (598-005 B) led by Ramia Mazé and Judith Gregory with ID Master-Design students Viraj Patwardhan, Gretchen Kelly and Leticia Baiao. More information about - including vimeo links to the lecture series - is available on seeID.
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