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‘Energy 101’ offers engaging insights, awareness in public talk


Energy fuels our everyday lives and flows into our conversations, yet many of us struggle with this complex subject. Topics such as peak oil, carbon dioxide emissions, fracking, renewables, batteries, pipelines and nuclear power are much talked about and debated. “Energy 101,” the next talk in the Technology & Society Colloquia Series at Pennsylvania College of Technology, will provide a gentle introduction to the basics of energy.

What do we mean by energy? How much energy do we use and why? Where does our energy come from? What might it take to change our energy portfolio? What are the challenges of changing our energy-use patterns? These questions are among those that will be answered in the colloquium scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public.

In partnership with the Notre Dame Club of Greater Williamsport, Edward J. Maginn, a guest lecturer with the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Lecture Series, will deliver “Energy 101,” which will also highlight some of the energy-related research going on at Notre Dame.

“Energy 101,” the next talk in the Technology & Society Colloquia Series at Pennsylvania College of Technology, will be presented Tuesday, Oct. 29, by Edward J. Maginn, a guest lecturer with the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Lecture Series. The program is being offered in partnership with the Notre Dame Club of Greater Williamsport.
“Energy 101,” the next talk in the Technology & Society Colloquia Series at Pennsylvania College of Technology, will be presented Tuesday, Oct. 29, by Edward J. Maginn, a guest lecturer with the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Lecture Series. The program is being offered in partnership with the Notre Dame Club of Greater Williamsport.

Maginn is the Dorini Family professor of energy studies and department chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Notre Dame. A faculty member since 1995, he previously worked as an engineer at Procter & Gamble.

He received his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Iowa State University and his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Maginn is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a trustee of the CACHE Corp., a nonprofit that develops computer-based educational materials for chemical engineering education.

His research focuses on the development and use of atomistic molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulation methods to study the thermodynamic and transport properties of materials, with special emphasis on ionic systems important in energy storage and use.

Maginn has won a number of awards, including the Early Career Award from the Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award, the BP Foundation College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award at Notre Dame and the National Science Foundation Career Award.

A question-and-answer session will follow the “Energy 101” talk, and conversation can resume during a reception in Wrapture, a dining unit on the first floor of the Klump Academic Center.

The Hesburgh Lecture Series – named in honor of the late Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, a longtime president of Notre Dame, and featuring lectures mostly presented by tenured faculty – showcases the depth and breadth of the university’s academic expertise in research and teaching. The series furthers the mission of the university’s Alumni Association to provide meaningful continuing education opportunities to Notre Dame alumni and friends.

Honoring Daniel J. Doyle, professor emeritus and Penn College’s 1984 Master Teacher, the Technology & Society Colloquia Series features presentations by noted authors and academics.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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