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Sustainable Energy Events

  •  Call for Papers Open, Registration Approaching for 38th IEEE PV Specialists Conference

    Abstract Submission Deadline is Feb. 6, 2012

    The solar industry’s most respected global gathering of PV scientists and engineers, to be held June 3-8, 2012 in Austin, Texas.

    The longest-running PV event in the world, the IEEE Photovoltaics Specialists Conference draws the elite minds in photovoltaic science and engineering to discuss the latest findings in all aspects of PV technology, from research and development to system application.

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  •  A Discussion with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

    Date: Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 at noon
    Location: Wiegand Room, Arts and Sciences Building

    The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices. We have a robust network of members in science, engineering, and economics fields.

    Working with clean energy companies and legislatures, UCS scientists, analysts, and other staff have been leading advocates for clean energy policies and development in California and nationally. For over a decade, UCS has advocated for strong renewable energy policies in California, including the state's original renewable portfolio standard, or RPS. We were a lead group advocating for the expanded 33 percent by 2020 RPS, and are now working to ensure effective implementation of the standard, while keeping an eye on policies to continue the growth of renewable energy in California.

    We are committed to working with independent scientists and experts to educate the public and policymakers on some of the most pressing issues of our time, such as the renewable energy standard. We feel that policy must be informed by the best available science and we want to make it easy for busy scientists to make their voices heard and provide resources and tools to help them be effective messengers.

    Lunch and Refreshments will be served.
    RSVP, space is limited.

  •  Nanogap Double-Gate FinFET for Multi-Functional Applications

    Location:Multi-Purpose Room in Building 403 (Map)

    Time: Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 5 PM

    Over the course of past three decades, we have witnessed IT revolution, which is attributed to an unprecedented advancement of semiconductor technology. The semiconductor technology has been driven by the miniaturization of devices, often referred to ‘Moore’s Law’: the transistor capacity doubling every 18 months. However, the traditional downscaling approach is now being confronted by physical and technical challenges toward the end-point of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductor (ITRS), indicating that the revenue from downscaling will diminish as miniaturization slows down.

    It’s time for a paradigm shift in semiconductor technology that is not just increasingly scalable but multi-function supportable. In this seminar, the second trend that is characterized by functional diversification is addressed. The semiconductor community has considered replacement of solid state gate dielectric to be unimaginable after the development of high quality silicon dioxide (SiO2) triggered explosive use of the field-effect transistor. Herein, we will see how breaking that stereotype provides flexibility and opportunity. As a replacement of solid-state gate dielectric, liquid and gas gate dielectrics provide various novel functions. Based on an independently-controlled double-gate fin field-effect transistor (FinFET), the fin is made to be suspended by selectively removing the solid-state gate dielectric. This empty space is then filled by different liquid/gas dielectrics for different new functions. This implies that the conventional solid state as well as liquid/gas state gate dielectrics are monolithically fabricated so that a multi-purpose chip can be attained within a given process.

    Jin-Woo Han received the B.S. degree from the School of Information and Communication Engineering, Inha University, Incheon, Korea, in 2004, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Korea, in 2006 and J2010, respectively. He is currently working at the Center for Nanotechnology, NASA Ames Research Center.

    His research interests include novel device, and nanofabrication technology, and his research covered a broad area in nano devices ranging from device design to process development, simulation, characterization, and modeling. He led a research team responsible for developing the unified memory device “Unified-RAM (URAM)” in 2007, the nano-electro-mechanical device “Fin Flip-flop Actuated Channel Transistor (FinFACT)” in 2009, and the gateless NPN nanowire device “Bistable Resistor (Biristor)” in 2010. He received the best dissertation award from KAIST in 2010. He has authored or coauthored one book chapter, 46 peer-reviewed journal papers, and 25 conferences proceeding papers. He holds 7 Korean patents.

  •  Biofuels Role in the Renewable Energy Mix

    Dr. Dan Zarraga

    Process R&D Scientist at Genentech, Inc, San Francisco
    November 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm in the MPR (Engineering Quad)

  •  IEEE CS Technical Meeting on Nov 9th: Smart Computing for the Smart Grid


    Rick Geiger
    Executive Director, Cisco; IEEE Senior Member


    Microsoft Research (use rear/North door)
    1288 Pear Ave. Mountain View, CA (parking all around Building)


    November 9
    6:30 PM Networking with food and beverage
    7:00 PM Presentation


    Please Register [$2 donation helps cover food.]
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    See below for all table sponsors who help pay for the food.


    Computing content of Smart Grid is highly varied. Smart Grid has many aspects. From a compute standpoint, the most challenging is in modeling and managing the change from a bulk power distribution system to one that must accommodate bidirectional flows from many sources with the introduction of solar panels and wind turbines in everything from small residential installations to huge wind and solar farms. To make this even more challenging is the inherently variable nature of these renewable sources of energy. This presentation will address the variability of renewable sources of power, the challenge of integrating multiple sources of power at all levels of the transmission and distribution grid, and the distributed computing challenge this presents for situational visibility and control.


    Rick Geiger has been with Cisco for 5 years, formerly as Director of Engineering in Cisco’s Physical Security Business Unit. Prior to joining Cisco, Mr. Geiger was VP Engineering for GE Security in Physical Security, video surveillance and access control. Rick has in depth experience in the global utility market with more than 10 years as VP Engineering and Chief Technical Officer for Itron. Presently Executive Director for Utilities and Smart Grid, on Cisco’s Business Transformation Team, Rick and the Smart Grid Vertical Team serve the US and Canada Utility markets with Secure, Resilient and Scalable network solutions for smart grid, advanced metering, distribution automation and utility telemetry. Rick is an IEEE Senior Member and Member of the Power and Energy Society.

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  •  Renewable Energy Sources and Impact on Energy Management Systems

    Dr. Ram Chinchali

    Siemens’ Energy Automation Division in Mountain View, CA
    November 9, 2010 at Noon in the MPR (Engineering Quad)