Energy Engineering Seminar Series

Energy Seminars explore energy-related topics of emerging, contemporary and historical interest. An abbreviated list of subjects explored in the seminars includes: global energy resources, energy generation technologies (present and future), energy storage options, environmental impacts including climate change, energy policy, and energy delivery economics and systems. Seminar speakers are distinguished practicing engineers and executives from industry and government as well as faculty members from several departments at Cornell, and other academic institutions. Students from any department in Engineering or the Physical Sciences should find these talks informative. 

CESI Distinguished Speakers

CESI Energy Seminars


Fall 2021 Speaker Line-up

ECE 5870/ CHEME 5870/ MAE 5459   I   August 26 – december 02   I   THURSDAYS, 12:25 - 1:15 PM   I   165 Olin Hall

August 26 - Lindsay Anderson, Cornell University (BEE)
September 2Jo Kim, GE Renewables
September 9 - Jacob Mays, Cornell University (CEE)
September 16Patrick Fulton, Cornell University (EAS)
September 23 - Sadaf Sobhani, Cornell University (MAE)
September 30Adam Umanoff, Edison International (Distinguished lecturer)
October 7Khurram Afridi, Cornell University (ECE)
October 14 - John Swanson, ANSYS (Distinguished lecturer)
October 21 - SaLisa Berrien, COI Energy
October 28 - Mike Swider, NYISO
November 4TBD
November 11 - Ted Miller, Ford
November 18 - TBD
December 2 - Peter Capper, LBNL


Spring 2021 Speaker Line-up

ECE 5880/ CHEME 5880/ MAE 5469   I   FEBRUARY 11 – MAY 13   I   THURSDAYS, 12:25 - 1:15 PM   I   VIA ZOOM

February 11David Hammer, J. Carlton Ward, Jr., Professor of Nuclear Energy Engineering, Cornell University
February 18Greeshma Gadikota, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
February 25 - Andrew Melvin, Ulteig Engineers
March 4Le Xie, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University
March 11Natalie Mahowald, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University
March 18Susanna Kass, Stanford University
March 25Kunal Phalpher, Li-Cycle
April 1Max Zhang, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University
April 8 - Desirée Squires
April 15 - Mike Campbell, Director, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester
April 22Bri-Mathias Hodge, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
April 29 - Jim Lyons, Capricorn Investment Group (Distinguished lecturer)
May 6 - Jeff Tester, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University
May 13 - Polina Alexeenko, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University


Fall 2020 Speaker Line-up

ECE 5870/ CHEME 5870/ MAE 5459   I   SEPTEMBER 3 - DECEMBER 10     THURSDAYS, 12:40 - 1:30 PM   I   VIA ZOOM

September 3David Hammer, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University
September 10 - Buz Barstow, Assistant Professor, Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
September 17Francis M. Vanek, Senior Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University  
September 24Jesse Bond, Associate Professor, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, Syracuse University
October 1 Steven Zinkle, Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering, University of Tennessee Knoxville (Distinguished lecturer)
October 8Line Roald, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
October 15Russ MacAdam, Customer Sentiment Champion, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
October 22Kristin Barbato, Founder & CEO, Build Edison 
October 29Jin Suntivich, Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, Cornell University 
November 5Timur Dogan, Assistant Professor, Environmental Systems, Cornell University
November 12Abigail Krich, President, Boreas Renewables, LLC
December 3Mike Fradette, Manager, Energy Strategy
December 10Paul Mutolo, Co-Founder and CEO, Standard Hydrogen Corporation and Executive Director, Center for Alkaline-based Energy Solutions, Cornell University