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02-19-2013

George Mason University Professor to Speak at Clarkson University on Energy Innovation

David Hart, a George Mason University professor, will share his strategy for solving America’s rapidly growing energy demands as part of a new Clarkson University speakers series.

David HartHart’s talk, “How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System,” will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 4 in Science Center 360 (#13 on the map at http://www.clarkson.edu/about/clarkson_map.pdf ). He will focus on “energy innovation” -- how the public sector can best work with the private sector to ensure America’s long-term energy needs are met in a sustainable way.

Hart is a professor in George Mason’s School of Public Policy and served as a fellow in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 2011 to 2012. President Barack Obama cited some of the manufacturing innovation proposals Hart collaborated on in his 2013 State of the Union Address.

Hart will share how energy innovation can address the interrelated issues of escalating demand, climate change and worldwide insecurities over supply, according to Stephen Bird, an assistant professor of political science at Clarkson.

“Anyone interested in America’s competiveness will be interested in this,” said Bird. “It’s the linchpin for everything we do economically and it’s going to be the central challenge of the 21st century.”

Hart’s lecture will center around ideas he presented in the book he co-authored in 2011, Unlocking Energy Innovation: How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System. Many of his ideas can be applied to the issues upstate New York faces, such as energy efficiency, developing biomass industries and hydrofracking, Bird said. 

Hart’s talk is the inaugural lecture in Clarkson’s Power and Energy Forum that will take place each semester.

“David’s ideas are at the cutting edge of innovation theory, but he’s able to present them in a really accessible way,” said Bird. “This re-emphasizes our already considerable strength in energy and environmental issues at Clarkson.”

A reception will follow in the TAC Atrium. The event is co-sponsored by the Provost’s Office, the School of Arts and Science’s David A. Walsh Seminar Series, the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Institute for a Sustainable Environment.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/dhart.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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