UM-Dearborn conference will bring together industry leaders to discuss the future of electric power, alternative energy sources and the electrification of the automobile

February 23, 2010

DEARBORN / Feb. 23, 2010---Industry leaders will discuss the future of electric power, alternative energy sources and the electrification of the automobile during a one-day conference titled “Energy for the Future” at the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) next month.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 7 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16 in the BorgWarner Auditorium of the campus’s Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems building.  Registration is required by visiting the following Web site:  

The conference will include a keynote talk by Stephen Forrest, vice president for research at the University of Michigan, and a preview of the public television program "The Future of Electricity."

Forrest is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science; professor of materials science and engineering; professor of physics; and head of the Optoelectronics Components and Materials Group.  Prior to joining U-M in 2006, he worked at Bell Labs, the electrical engineering and materials science departments at the University of Southern California, and at Princeton University.  Forrest also is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Optical Society of America (OSA) and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

"This event will discuss one of the most important topics of our time, which is the sustainability of the energy infrastructure,” said Subrata Sengupta, dean of UM-Dearborn’s CECS.  “It will cover generation and distribution of electricity, the role of alternative energy sources, and the electrification of personal mobility.  These are topics that are crucial to the nation, with some important implications for Michigan's economy.  Given our history of engagement with industry, we are proud to host this conference, bringing together some of the best minds in the country on this topic."

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