Energy: An Industry in Transition
CECS Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series
Dr. Grace M. Bochenek ’92 MSE-ISE, UM-Dearborn Former Acting United States Secretary of Energy
The world’s population growth, especially in developing countries, is driving an unprecedented need for affordable, accessible, and abundant energy. Simultaneously, today’s energy industry is in a state of transition, and within the United States it is often characterized as an energy revolution. Over the last decade, the United States has experienced increases in shale gas production, decreases in net petroleum imports, and increases in renewable power. At the same time, the energy industry is focused on delivering smarter, flexible, and resilient energy systems, energy systems that are exploiting information, data, communications, and cyber security technologies that will enable the convergence of multiple sectors—such as manufacturing, transportation, buildings, and the electrical grid.
Meeting world energy needs while in this state of energy transition requires scientific and technological innovations. This talk will look at the trends, enabling technologies, innovation ecosystems, and new energy paradigms and offer insights into the challenges that create opportunities.