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Sustainability Forum

Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 8:20 am - 5:00 pm | Gallogly Hall Valero Room


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Achieving the 16 UN Sustainable Development Goals will require ambitious synergism between academia, industry, and the population at large. This challenge offers a unique opportunity to transform not only the way we make things, but also the way we interact with each other and grow as a community. The 4 panels gathered today will attempt to identify possible ways in which the whole community can collaborate to overcome the current technological hurdles, maintain a diverse, inclusive, and equitable society, and ultimately achieve a better, more sustainable world.
Join us, share your point of view, and contribute to this exciting adventure.

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8:20 am


Alberto Striolo, Director MS on Sustainability: Energy and Materials Management

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Panel 1: Social Aspects of Sustainability

Moderator: Shane Connelly, Director Institute for Society and Community Transformation

The Importance of Inclusion in the Development of Technical WorkforcePaul Upchurch, University College London Department of Earth Sciences

Achieving and Maintaining the Social License to OperateCraig Styan, University of South Australia

Young Worker Perspectives on Sustainability: Bridging the Labor and Climate Movements, Laura Bray, University of Oklahoma Center for Applied Social Research

10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Panel 2: Technical Research on Sustainability

Moderator: Daniel Resasco, Gallogly Chair and George Lynn Cross Professor

New Approaches for Plastics Upcycling, Sanat Kumar, Columbia University

Extracting Resources from Aqueous Waste, Ngoc Bui, University of Oklahoma Chemical and Civil Engineering

Data Science and Sustainability, David Ebert, University of Oklahoma Data Institute for Societal Challenges

12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

VPRP Initiatives towards a Sustainable Energy Transition

Moderator: Alberto Striolo, Asahi Glass Chair of Chemical Engineering, Lloyd and Joyce Austin Presidential Professor, OU

The Case for Nuclear Fusion, Tomas Diaz de la Rubia, Vice President for Research and Partnerships, OU

Challenges and Opportunities for the Hydrogen Economy in Oklahoma, Tim Filley, Director Institute for Resilient Environmental and Energy Systems

1:30 pm –   3:00 pm

Panel 3: Industrial Approaches to Sustainability

Moderator: Brian Grady, Director Institute of Applied Surfactants Research

Tools for Monitoring and Maintaining Business Sustainability, Boudewijn Neijens, Copperleaf Technologies

Development of the Iron Horse Industrial Park by World Bank’s Standards, James Collard, Citizen Potawatomi Nation

Examples of Sustainable Processes in the Energy Sector, Mark Myers, Neste 

3:00 pm – 3:30 pmCoffee Break
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Panel 4: Outlooks on Sustainability

Moderator: John Klier, Dean Gallogly College of Engineering

Net-zero by 2050: Can we get there?, David Sholl, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Engineering for a Net-Zero, Nature Positive World, Bhavik Bakshi, Ohio State University

Achieving Commercial Edge via Sustainable Strategies, Jill Cooper, Orion RP

5:00 pm

Concluding Remarks

Dimitrios Papavassiliou, Director School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering

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