Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Photovoltaic Materials

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Location: Radiation Laboratory Auditorium

Professor John Asbury, Penn State University
“Molecular Origins of Electronic Structure in Emerging Photovoltaic Materials: From Perovskites to Pentacenes”
Sponsored by the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sewer Pipes That Think: Reducing Pollution in the St. Joseph River

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Location: Wiekamp Hall, Rm 101, IUSB campus

Luis Montrestruque, , Ph.D., President, CTO, EmNet, LLC; South Bend, IN 

There are more than 700 cities across the country that release a combined yearly average of more than 800 Billion gallons of raw sewage to rivers and oceans. These releases, called Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO), occur because the sewers that were designed to carry both storm water and wastewater get overwhelmed during storm events. Typical solutions involve cost prohibitive solutions such as building large storage tanks or separating the sewers. This talk will explain how South Bend has used Internet of Things and Big Data to transform its aging sewer system into the smartest sewer system in the country and how it has reduced hundreds of millions of gallons of sewage from contaminating the St. Joseph River.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

What's It Really Like?: Energy Careers - ExxonMobil / 3M

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Location: Stinson-Remick Room 315

Undergraduate students are invited to meet with energy professionals during the month of February to learn about everyday life in their careers, how they got to their current positions, the current climate in their fields, insights into the future, and anything else that you would like to ask. These will be small, informal groups.  For more information and to register, click here

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Monday, February 27, 2017

What's It Really Like?: Energy Careers - Impact / Environment Colorado

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Location: Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering Room 257G

Undergraduate students are invited to meet with energy professionals during the month of February to learn about everyday life in their careers, how they got to their current positions, the current climate in their fields, insights into the future, and anything else that you would like to ask. These will be small, informal groups.  For more information and to register, click here

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Road to Adaptive Reuse

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Location: Wiekamp Hall, Rm 101, IUSB campus

Willow Wetherall, Ignite Michiana; South Bend, IN

The Road to Adaptive Reuse: The integration of sustainable design, the triple bottom line, and technology in the Studebaker Redevelopment InitiativeThe Renaissance District, an 80 city block area that surrounds the former Studebaker campus, is the site of significant efforts being made to work with neighboring businesses and non-profits to improve the economic and social condition of the people who live in the District. These efforts include establishing pathways for employment in the district, beautification with native trees, and educational opportunities for under-represented minorities. Combined, these efforts seek to become a national model for large scale economic development that integrates the triple bottom line and reshapes the local and regional economy.  Learn more about the community engagement efforts for the Renaissance District and the Studebaker Redevelopment Initiative, an effort to transform 1.1 million sq ft of historic manufacturing space into the Midwest's largest mixed-use technology campus. 

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Doing Business Right: Working Towards Zero

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Location: Wiekamp Hall, Rm 101, IUSB campus

Jon Michael Meier, Eaton Corporation; South Bend, IN

Environmental Health and Safety play a large role in running an efficient, sustainable, and responsible business. Learn how a multinational company works to develop a culture of safety and personal responsibility and how that work positively impacts the bottom line, protects the environment, and promotes healthy lifestyles.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sustainable Design Strategies

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Location: Wiekamp Hall, Rm 101, IUSB campus

Greg Kil, Kil Architenture Planning; South Bend, IN

Kil Architecture Planning, based in South Bend, is a general practice that includes planning and architectural design for new construction along with historic rehabilitation and retrofit.​ Greg Kil, founder of Kil Architecture / Planning, will describe the design and funding approaches utilized to turn a once vacant building into artist lofts that have received the highest Emerald Rating NGBS Certification.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Brewing Up Sustainability

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Location: Wiekamp Hall, Rm 101, IUSB campus

Brook Hardy and Aireal Newbill, The Local Cup; South Bend, IN

Brewing Up Sustainability: How a Neighborhood Coffee Shop Became an Incubator of Innovative Action - The Local Cup is a community-based coffee shop in the Near Northwest Neighborhood of South Bend. Learn about the history of this social entrepreneurial start-up, and how it supports sustainable action and development in the neighborhood.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Building for Nothing: The Story of Net Zero Homes

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Location: Wiekamp Hall, Rm 101, IUSB campus

Dwayne Borkholder, New Energy Homes; Nappanee, IN

How can we live better for less and on less? Buildings use the most energy and contribute the most greenhouse gases across all sectors in our society. Learn how we can do better by building smarter so we can live lighter. Dwayne will share his journey towards Net Zero Homes, Net Zero Tiny Homes, and how and why he wants to build more of them internationally and in Michiana. His vision and innovative spirit are focused on sustainability, could reshape the way we live, work, and play.

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