Ann Arbor and University of Michigan Energy Events Archive

April, 2024

April 26, 2024 – IES and MPEL to host Lindsay Anderson

IES and Michigan Power and Energy Lab (MPEL) are excited to co-host Lindsay Anderson to present a seminar on “Considering the Spatiotemporal Vulnerability of Low-Carbon Power Grids using a Case Study for New York State” next Friday. 

Please see the details below. We encourage you to attend if you are available and interested. Reach out at [email protected] if you have any questions. 

Abstract: Over the past several years, many cities, counties, states, and nations have announced plans to mitigate climate change through zero-carbon policies. These plans rely primarily on decarbonizing the power system while shifting transportation and building sectors toward electrification. However, less attention has been given to the potential problems that may arise from the operational limitations of a zero-carbon power grid, especially when it comes to dealing with changes in climate and technology.  This seminar will consider the question of spatiotemporal heterogeneity in vulnerabilities that arise from the interplay between renewable resource availability, load patterns, and severe transmission line congestion based on the detailed proposal for decarbonization of New York State in the Community Leadership and Climate Protection Act (CLCPA).

Bio: Catherine (Lindsay) Anderson is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, with research appointments in Applied Mathematics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Systems Engineering. She is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, the Cornell University Engineering Award for Research Excellence,  the Richard F. Tucker ’50 Excellence in Teaching Award, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) University Faculty Award, and an ESIG Award for Research. Lindsay’s research is focused on energy system decarbonization, with a specific interest in operational algorithms for electric power systems with high penetrations of renewable resources, energy storage, and demand-side flexibility. Please see Dr. Anderson’s website for more detail:

No pre-registration is required. This event will be in-person at EECS 3427 from 9:00 to 10:00 AM on Friday, April 26th. 

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April 20, 2024 – A2P2 Annual Earth Day Celebration

Tickets are limited for the Ann Arbor for Public Power Earth Day Celebration. Plant based dinner, music, and speakers will be present for this celebration.

Location: Cobblestone Farms, 2781 Packard St Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Date/Time: April 20 / 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Ann Arbor for Public Power Earth Day Celebration Details

April 19, 2024 – NERS Colloquium: Legal and Policy Drivers for Advanced Nuclear Development and Deployment

Abstract: “COP 28 has been referred to as the Nuclear COP with delegations from more than 20 countries joining a pledge to triple nuclear power by 2050. Earlier in 2023, the G7 ministers of climate, energy, and environment issued a communication committing to maximize use of existing reactors, work collaboratively to develop secure supply chains for fuel, technology, and human resources, and to working domestically and with partner countries to build advanced reactors. These policies forecast rapid growth of nuclear in the US and partner countries over the coming decades. This presentation covers global policies related to nuclear as well as the programs and legislation in the US and EU intended to accelerate progress towards these goals and the social and legal obstacles to their attainment.”

Location: Cooley Building – White Auditorium (G906)

Date / Time: April 19, 2024 / 4:00 – 5:00 PM

NERS Colloquium Legal and Policy Drivers Event Details

April 19, 2024 – Dr. Liang Wang from Toyota Research Institute of North America

Dr. Liang Wang, from Toyota Research Institute of North America, will present “From Fundamentals to Frontiers: Exploring PEMFCs Innovations at Toyota Research Institute of North America”

Abstract: “Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) are essential in advancing zero-emission mobility, electrification, and carbon neutrality. Since 1992, Toyota has been at the forefront of fuel cell technology, contributing significantly to its development and application. This presentation will delve into the core technology of PEMFCs, addressing critical challenges such as the sluggish oxygen reduction reaction, catalyst durability, and the development of robust solid polymer materials for the membrane electrode assembly (MEA). At the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA), a multifaceted approach is employed to tackle these issues, ranging from fundamental research to the innovation of novel materials. The talk will highlight key research initiatives of ionic liquids for oxygen reduction catalysts and high-temperature rotating disk electrodes, as well as the current focus areas at TRINA, demonstrating our commitment to advancing PEMFC technology.”

Location: North Campus, GGB 1280 Blue Lounge

Date/Time: April 19, 2024 / 3:00 – 4:30 PM

This event is open to faculty, staff, and students at University of Michigan and is hosted by the EV Center and by the Electrochemical Society – University of Michigan Student Chapter.

RSVP for Dr. Liang Wang

April 19, 2024 – Fuel Flexible Mixing-Controlled Combustion System for Heavy-Duty Engines Using Low Carbon Alternative Fuels

Adam Dempsey, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Marquette University, will present on Fuel Flexible Mixing-Controlled Combustion System for Heavy-Duty Engines Using Low Carbon Alternative Fuels.

Where: 2540 GG Brown

Date/Time: April 19, 2024 / 10:30 AM

ME Seminar Link Passcode: 509521

April 18, 2024 – Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA) – Detroit Solar Story with Tephra Rushdan

GLREA is hosting Tephra Reshdan, Detroit’s new Sustainability Director and point person for Detroit’s transition to clean energy, reducing flood risks, improving air quality, and addressing climate change in Detroit.

Where: Virtual

Date / Time: April 18, 2024 / 7:00 PM

Please Register in advance

April 18, 2024 – Electrify Washtenaw County

The Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Electrify Washtenaw County event on April 18, 2024.

“Let’s connect and explore the changes in Washtenaw County’s renewable energy landscape. Together, we can empower your clients to make sustainable choices for their homes, upgrades, and new builds.  Come join us and our guest speakers, Julie Roth with the City of Ann Arbor and Gross Electric as we dive into new home improvement considerations.  “

Location: 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd. Dexter, MI 48130
Columbus Hall and Banquet Center

Date / Time: April 18, 2024 / 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Electrify Washtenaw County Event Details

April 16, 2024 – China-UK Low Carbon College of Shanghai Jio Tong University

About: Professor Chang-Ying Zhao will present on the joint initiative China-UK Low Carbon College (LCC) of Shanghai Jio Tong University. LCC is the first low carbon college in China and it aims to build up talent database of world-leading experts in low carbon fields, lead research, and offer training for governments and businesses.

Prof. Chang-Ying Zhao is the Chair Professor, the Director of the Institute of Engineering Thermo-physics, and the Dean of China-UK Low Carbon College of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Prof. Zhao is the Principal Investigator for quite a few major research projects sponsored by Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and Ministry of Science and Technology of China. Prof. Zhao’s research interests mainly cover micro/nanoscale thermal radiation and metamaterial energy devices, advanced thermal energy storage and hydrogen storage, and heat transfer in porous media.

Location: GGB 2505 or virtual

Date/Time: April 16, 2024 / 11:30 AM

Seminar Zoom Link

Passcode: 037782

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April 11, 2024 – Fundamental Turbulent Combustion Questions for a Clean Energy Future

About: This talk will discuss the factors influencing the turbulent burning rate in premixed flames, utilizing these two interpretations as a motivator for needed future research.

Dr. Tim Lieuwen is a Regents’ Professor, the David S. Lewis, Jr. Professor and the Executive Director of
the Strategic Energy Institute at Georgia Tech. In this capacity, he manages Georgia Tech’s overall strategy and external relations for its 315 faculty and over 1000 researchers working in energy RD&D. He is also founder and CTO of TurbineLogic, an analytics firm working in the energy industry. Prof. Lieuwen is an international authority on clean energy and propulsion, and his work has contributed to numerous commercialized innovations in the energy and aerospace sectors.

Location: Boeing Lecture Hall, Room 1109 FXB

Date/Time: April 11, 2024 / 3:00 PM

April 8-9, 2024 – DOE Clean Fuels Shot Webinar

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will host the Clean Fuels & Products Shot™ Summit on April 8, 2024, from 11am – 2pm ET, and April 9, 2024, from 11am – 4pm ETRegister today for the virtual event that will gather stakeholders across government, industry, academia, and non-profit organizations to engage on the objectives, progress, priorities, and future plans for the seventh DOE Energy Earthshot™

Location: virtual

Date/Time: April 8, 2024 / 11AM-2PM, April 9, 2024 / 11AM-4PM

Link: Clean Fuels and Products Shot Summit

April 5, 2024 – How Clean Energy Can Save Money and the Environment

Open and encouraged for the general public

Learn how using clean energy sources can help you save money on your bills while also protecting the environment

Where: Ann Arbor District Library: Downtown

343 South 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Date/Time: Friday April 5 / 5:30-6:30 PM

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April 4, 2024 – Pathway to Power Town Hall Event

Location: Mallets Creek Public Library

Date/Time: Thursday April 4, 2024 / 6:00-7:30 PM

About: How a Sustainable Energy utility and Municipal Electric Utility Can work together – Speakers Dr. Missy Stults and Greg Woodring are discussing municipal electric utility, sustainable energy utility, and the future of energy in Ann Arbor. This is a public event and guests are encouraged to bring their questions! Visit or contact [email protected]

April 3, 2024 – How an E-Bike Startup is Looking to Change the Way Africa Moves

About: Wahu! is the first Ghanaian brand to produce EVs domestically. The e-bike startup brings together local talent and experienced automotive engineers and designers from global automakers, including Audi and BMW.

Valerie Labi, co-founder and CEO of Wahu! Mobility Ltd. will discuss how the business is unlocking new possibilities in low-emission mobility solutions, particularly in urban markets.

Location: Blau Colloquium, 5th Floor of the Blau Building at the Ross School of Business

Date/Time: April 3, 2024 / 4:00 PM

Attendees are encouraged to register and submit questions in advance.

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April 2, 2024 – Real-world experience Balancing the Grid with Demand-Side Flexibility

Location: 3316 EECS Building

Date/Time: April 2, 2024/3:00-4:00 PM

About: Stephanie Ross and Paul Hines are visiting from EnergyHub to present on grid balancing.

Stephanie Ross is a Data Scientist at EnergyHub, where she develops advanced algorithms for EnergyHub’s DERMS platform. Before joining EnergyHub, Stephanie led Green Mountain Power’s strategy for DER management and developed pilots for emerging technologies. Prior to GMP,  Stephanie was a consultant at the Brattle Group where she conducted resource planning studies focused on decarbonization for a wide range of clients, including the New York ISO, utilities, EPRI, and the DOE. Stephanie holds a BA and BE in Electrical Engineering from Dartmouth College and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan where her research focused on advanced control algorithms for DER management.

Paul Hines is VP, Power Systems at EnergyHub, where he leads the Data Science and Power Systems Intelligence (DataPSI) team, which develops and maintains advanced control, prediction, analysis and machine learning algorithms used in EnergyHub’s DERMS. Paul joined EnergyHub in 2021 through the acquisition of Packetized Energy, a distributed energy software startup, where he was co-founder and CEO. From 2007-2021, Paul was a professor in electrical engineering and director of the energy systems laboratory at the University of Vermont, leading research on energy reliability, resilience and distributed technology and policy. Formerly he worked in power systems engineering roles at the US National Energy Technology Laboratory, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Alstom ESCA, and Black and Veatch. Paul has a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007, and MS and BS degrees in electrical engineering/power systems from the University of Washington and Seattle Pacific University.

There is broad agreement that large-scale decarbonization will require large amounts of grid-balancing flexibility from customer-sited resources, such as smart thermostats, water heaters, electric vehicles and home batteries. There is a long history of academic research into advanced control algorithms for demand-side flexibility, but what has been deployed in the electricity industry, until very recently, has been very simple demand response to reduce peak loads. In this talk Ross and Hines will discuss a number of recent results from real-world implementation of advanced forms of demand-side flexibility with EVs, thermostats and water heaters.

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March, 2024

March 27, 2024 – Renewable Energy Seminar

McNaughton-McKay Electrical Company is hosting a Renewable Energy Seminar.


• Introduction to Commercial & Industrial (C&I)
• Introduction to 5PN battery storage
• Benefits of an EnPhase Microinverter system

• Review SPAN panel for a hands-on experience highlighting the features and benefits of the hardware
• Overview of the functions of the SPAN Installer App for quick and easy set-up
• Understand how to integrate SPAN systems with HVAC, PV, or battery backup installations
• Learn about sales and marketing tools available

• Introduction to CertainTeed; A Saint-Gobain Company
• Solstice Solar Shingle & Panel
• Warranty program
• Information about CertainTeed credentialing program for contractors”

Location: Ann Arbor (see registration for further details)

Date/Time: March 27, 2024 / 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

March 22, 2024 – Center for Sustainable Systems – Michael Davidson

Location: DANA 2024

Date/Time: March 22, 2024, 2:00 PM

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March 22, 2024 – Grid Integration of Distributed Energy Resources: Aggregate Flexibility Quantification and Market Participation

Location: 1500 EECS Building

Date/Time: March 22, 2024 / 3:30-4:30 PM

Event Info: Dr Bai Cui is visiting from Iowa State University. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and focuses on the application of control and optimization techniques in power and energy systems to improve system security, economic efficiency, and sustainability, and in developing new analytical tools for renewable energy integration, power system optimization, and stability analysis of large-scale power systems. Prior to joining ISU, he was a researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and a postdoctoral appointee at Argonne National Laboratory. He obtained his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

In this talk, several major challenges of effective distributed energy resources (DER) aggregation/integration will be discussed, along with some proposed methods to address them. In particular, we will present some decision-making models and algorithms for the characterization and improvement of the aggregate flexibility regions of aggregate DERs, as well as the development of their market participation strategies under uncertainty.

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March 18-21, 2024 – Tribal Energy Equity Summit (not local)

Location: Muscogee Nation – River Spirit Resort, Tulsa Oklahoma

Date/Time: March 18-21, 2024

Event Info: The Alliance for Tribal Clean Energy is hosting their annual Tribal Energy Equity Summit (TEES) in Oklahoma. While this event is closed to the general public, there will be a debrief webinar posted following the event. If you qualify under one of the groups eligible to attend, further information is included below.

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March 8, 2024 -Lunch and learn: Energy Permitting Policy

Location: Ross School of Business, Room 1240

701 Tappan Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Date/Time: March 8, 2024 / 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Limited admission to Energy Club at Ross members and students

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March 6, 2024 – X-ray Spectroscopy for High Energy Density Plasma Studies

Location: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building

1301 Beal Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Date/Time: March 6, 2024 / 8:30 – 9:30 PM


High-energy-density plasmas have pressures exceeding one million atmospheres and temperatures above ten thousand degrees. These extreme states of matter are present in diverse systems from inertial fusion targets to the hearts of stars. Measuring the precise conditions of these plasmas and predicting their atomic-scale properties play a key role in understanding system-scale behavior. This talk introduces X-ray spectroscopy, a powerful measurement technique that can identify the elemental composition of a plasma, constrain its temperature and density, and signal extreme magnetic and electric fields. It will also show how X-ray spectroscopy can help refine the designs of inertial fusion targets and increase our understanding of main sequence and white dwarf stars.

February, 2024

February 28, 2024 – A2Zero – Get to Know HERD

Location: Downtown library, 4th floor meeting room

343 S 5th Ave Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Date/Time: February 28, 2024 / 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM


Please join us for an evening of exploration and discussion around Ann Arbor’s Home Energy Rating Disclosure (HERD) ordinance, which will officially take effect on March 12th, 2024. HERD requires single-family homes in Ann Arbor receive a Home Energy Score (HES) prior to being listed for sale. In this second session of the 2024 Sustainability Series, hear from staff of Ann Arbor’s Office of Sustainability and Innovations about why the ordinance was passed, what a Home Energy Score is, how residents can sign up for a Home Energy Score assessment, and more. 

This event is in partnership with Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations.

The Library will be providing a live stream of this event and we intend to make it available for future viewing. A video player will appear on this page 1 hour before the start of the event.


February 16, 2024 – NERS Colloquium: The Kairos Power FHR Advanced Reactor

Location: Cooley Building – White Auditorium G906

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Date/Time: February 16, 2024 / 4:00 – 5:00 PM


Kairos Power LLC, committed to developing a safe and affordable technology in pursuit of its mission to enable the world’s transition to clean energy, is actively engaged in demonstrating a series of major hardware advancements. Notably, this includes the introduction of Hermes 1.0, a low-power test reactor, which represents a groundbreaking achievement as the first operational pebble bed Fluoride-Salt-Cooled High-Temperature Reactor (FHR). The initial startup process of Hermes 1.0, encompassing pre-fuel loading, fuel loading, and the transition to a low-power core, signifies a historic milestone in the realm of advanced nuclear energy on a national scale.

Dr. Nader Satvat holds the position of Senior Manager of Nuclear Design and Methods at Kairos Power. As the head of the team, he oversees various critical aspects of nuclear design and safety, including reactor core design, startup planning, criticality safety, radiation shielding and transport, and radiation detection. The team’s responsibilities also encompass delivering nuclear design methods compliant with the NQA1 standard for licensing, safety analysis, operational setpoints, limits, and other relevant design and analysis areas. Prior to joining Kairos Power, Dr. Satvat served in academia, engaging in both teaching and research roles. His expertise predominantly lies in reactor physics, reactor safety analysis, fuel performance, source term, advanced reactor modeling, and methods development.

February 14, 2024 – The SEC and Climate Disclosure

Location: Jeffries Hall 1020

701 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Date/Time: Wednesday February 14, 2024 / 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


Please join us for the latest installment of the EELP Lecture Series. Professor Lisa Benjamin of Lewis & Clark Law School will speak about “The SEC and Climate Disclosure.”

This event is free and open to the public.

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February 13, 2024 – Climate Innovation Virtual Town Hall

Location: online

Date/Time: February 13, 2024 / 7:00 PM

Curt Wolf, the Managing Director of Urban Collaboratory at the University of Michigan, is preparing to share his insights in the upcoming Climate Innovation Virtual Town Hall presented by Great Lakes Now on February 13th at 7pm ET. During the session, he will speak from his expertise in establishing partnerships between academics and community stakeholders on topics of urban sustainability and climate resilience. He hopes to highlight the work of the Urban Collaboratory during the discussion.

You can watch the event live here.

February 9, 2024 – MI Hydrogen Planning Hydrogen Ecosystem in MI – Truck Stop of the Future

Location: Ruthven Administration Building, Room 4140 (U-M faculty only session)

Date/Time: February 9, 2024 / 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM

About: Research Collaboration and Funding Opportunities U-M Faculty only session

February 8, 2024 – Michigan Quantum Research Institute – Quantum Photonics with Rare-Earth Atoms in Solids

Location: Michigan League,

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Date/Time: February 8, 2024 / 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Elizabeth Goldschmidt, Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will be presenting “Quantum photonics with rare-earth atoms in solids” as part of the Quantum Research Institute’s winter seminar series from 11am – noon in the Henderson Room (3rd floor) at the Michigan League. A Zoom option is also provided.

Seminar Description:

Optically active and highly coherent emitters in solids are a promising platform for a wide variety of quantum information applications, particularly quantum memory and other quantum networking tasks. Rare-earth atoms, in addition to having record long coherence times, have the added benefit that they can be hosted in a wide range of solid-state materials. We can thus target particular materials (and choose particular rare-earth species and isotopes) that enable certain application-specific functionalities. I will give an overview of this promising field and discuss several ongoing projects with rare-earth atoms in different host materials and configurations. This includes efforts to identify and grow new materials with rare-earth atoms at stoichiometric concentrations in order to reduce disorder-induced inhomogeneous broadening, as well as photonic integration of rare-earth doped samples to increase the light-atom interaction for practical quantum devices.

February 7, 2024 – Overcoming Barriers of Energy and Agricultural Transition for Sustainability and Development

Zoom Presentation

Date/Time: February 7, 2024 / 11:30 AM

Dr. Rajiv Ghimire will demonstrate the need for the transformation in climate change adaptation, sustainability, and development, and will share insights on how we could overcome barriers to the adoption of climate-smart agriculture and promote sustainable and equitable energy transition.

A live Q&A session will follow Ghimire’s presentation.

Ghimire is a lecturer in the Sustainability and Development MasterTrack™ Certificate program. Through the MasterTrack Certificate, you will learn how to address sustainability and development challenges with actionable knowledge that empowers you to develop solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

Free and open to the public.

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February 2, 2024 – Green Career Fair

Location: Michigan League,

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Date/Time: February 2, 2024 / 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM


The SEAS Student Center Career Services office will be offering an in-person fair on February 2, 2024 at the Michigan League. This fair will be open to all U of M Students. The Green Career Fair provide a critical opportunity to develop professional networking connections and to learn about employers that may interest you in the future.

Please note: The on-campus Green Career Fair is open to all University of Michigan students. Your MCard is required for entry.

February 1, 2024 – GLREA Solar Stories, Clean Energy Seminars, Energy Q&A

Location: Virtual – Zoom

Date/Time: 7 pm on the first Thursdays of the month


In 2020 the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA) started an on-line weekly series of events on Zoom, that discusses a broad range of topics pertaining to renewable energy.  We have three types of Events:  Solar Stories where a Member of GLREA discusses a solar or geothermal energy system they had installed at their home or business in Detroit, Ann Arbor or some other location in Michigan;  Clean Energy Seminars where a Member or Guest of GLREA discusses a renewable energy policy or efforts to to enact new policies and Energy Q & A which is an open discussion where GLREA Members or any interested person can ask questions, share concerns and learn from each other about any topic pertaining to energy or renewable energy.

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January, 2024

January 31, 2024 – Ann Arbor 2024 Sustainability Series – Electrification


AADL Downtown location

Date/Time: January 31, 2024 / 6:00-7:30 PM


OSI is bringing the Sustainability Series back in 2024 for another season at the Ann Arbor District Library! Join us in person or online on the last Wednesday every month. Please hold the dates! We look forward to engaging and sharing with you. You can register here for the virtual meetings, but registration is not required to attend in person.

  1. Jan. 31 – Electrification
  2. Feb. 28 – Home Energy Rating Disclosure
  3. March 27 – Circular Economy and e-Waste
  4. April 24 – Equity in Action through A2ZERO
  5. May 29 – Rebates and Home Energy Advisor Services​​​​​​​
January 30, 2024 – Big Bets and Solving the Climate Crisis


Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Date/Time: January 30, 2024 / 5:00 PM


Dr. Rajiv Shah (BS ’95) is president of the Rockefeller Foundation, a global institution with a mission to promote the well-being of humanity around the world. Shah will discuss his new book, “Big Bets: How Large-Scale Change Really Happens” (Simon & Schuster, 2023), and how universities can embrace a big bets mindset of transformative change, especially as it relates to solving the climate crisis. In his talk, Shah will share a dynamic new model for creating lasting change, inspired by his own work and that of the Rockefeller Foundation on some of the biggest humanitarian efforts of the 21st century. Shah will draw from his experiences working as the 16th administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development and his leadership roles at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The event will include an audience Q&A session and a book signing immediately following the talk. A limited number of books will be available for purchase. Free and open to the public. 

Reserve spot here.

January 27, 2024 – Ann Arbor for Public Power Meet and Greet

Location: Cooley Building – White Auditorium (G906)

2355 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Date/Time: January 26, 2024 / 4:00 – 5:00 PM


This presentation provides the environmental science perspective of nuclear energy with a particular focus on waste management and accidents. I will first talk about the historical overview of waste management, including past contaminations and the comparison with general hazardous waste. I will then present the multi-disciplinary synthesis of the Fukushima Nuclear Power plant accident with a particular focus on the key factors that exacerbated the consequence.

Link for details

January 26, 2024 – Environmental Sustainability and Resiliency in Nuclear Energy

Location: Cooley Building – White Auditorium (G906)

2355 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Date/Time: January 26, 2024 / 4:00 – 5:00 PM


This presentation provides the environmental science perspective of nuclear energy with a particular focus on waste management and accidents. I will first talk about the historical overview of waste management, including past contaminations and the comparison with general hazardous waste. I will then present the multi-disciplinary synthesis of the Fukushima Nuclear Power plant accident with a particular focus on the key factors that exacerbated the consequence.

Link for details

January 22, 2024 – Energy Justice in State Utility Regulation


Jeffries Hall – 1020

701 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Date/Time: Monday January 22nd, 2024 / 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


Please join the Law School’s Environmental & Energy Law Program for the next event in our lecture series. Gabriel Chan, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, will discuss “Energy Justice in State Utility Regulation.”

This event is free and open to the public.

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January 19, 2024 – NERS Colloquium: Democratizing Utility Data to Accelerate the Clean Energy Transition


Cooley Building – White Auditorium (G906)

2355 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Date/Time: Friday, January 19, 2024 / 4:00PM – 5:00 PM


Jason Price of West Monroe presents on democratizing utility date to accelerate the clean energy transition. In the months and years to come, the utility industry should anticipate an increasing number of regulatory commissions to begin ruling on third-party access to utility data. Several state orders are currently examining the implications of making utility data more accessible to third parties and customers. Some states are going further and broadening the data pool to include more than just customer-metered end-use data. Whichever position a state may take in democratizing its data, it should do so in a way which will encourage customer adoption and improve the marketing and sales of distributed energy resources (DER) and other energy solutions to help states reach their net-zero carbon goals. A result of democratizing the grid utility data will open new markets and accelerate innovations that will help states achieve their carbon reduction goals.

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January 17, 2024 – Using High Energy Density Plasmas for Nuclear Experiments Relevant to Nuclear

1005 EECS Building

1301 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2122

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 17, 2024 / 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
This event is free and open to the public

Thermonuclear reaction rates and nuclear processes have traditionally been explored by means of accelerator experiments, which are difficult to execute at conditions relevant to stellar or big bang nucleosynthesis. High energy density (HED) plasmas generated using lasers, such as the inertial confinement fusion (ICF) platforms at the NIF and OMEGA facilities, more closely mimic astrophysical environments in several ways. These include thermal distributions of reacting ions as opposed to mono-energetic ions impinging on a cold target; stellar-relevant plasma temperatures and densities; and neutron flux densities not found elsewhere on earth. This talk will present some initial nuclear astrophysics-relevant results for the T+T and solar 3He+3He reactions using this platform to illustrate the possibilities, and describe efforts to study the 3He+3He reaction at stellar-relevant conditions at NIF and with unprecedented data quality at OMEGA. Future directions, including platform developments to study CNO-cycle-relevant reactions including higher Z ions, neutron capture on nuclei in excited states and electron screening will also be discussed. The work was supported in part by the US DOE, LLE, and LLNL.

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