Keynote & Plenary Lectures
The Keynote Lecture "
Thermodynamics, Energy Use, and Environmental Effects of Electric Cars " will be given by Dr.
Professor Stathis Michaelides is currently the Tex Moncrief Chair of Engineering at Texas Christian University (TCU). Prior to this he was chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he also held the Robert F. McDermott Chair in Engineering and was the Founder and Director of the NSF-supported Center on Simulation, Visualization and Real Time Computing (SiViRT). In the past he was the Founding Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering at the University of North Texas (2006-2007); the Leo S.Weil Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Tulane University (1998-2007); Director of the South-Central Center of the National Institute for Global Environmental Change (2002-2007); Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the School of Engineering at Tulane University (1992-2003); Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Tulane (1990-1992). Between 1980 and 1989 he was on the faculty of the University of Delaware, where he also served as Acting Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department (1985-1987).
Professor Michaelides holds a B.A. degree (honors) from Oxford University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Brown University. He was awarded an honorary M.A. degree from Oxford University (1983); the Casberg and Schillizzi Scholarships at St. Johns College, Oxford; the student chapter ASME/Phi,Beta,Tau excellence in teaching award (1991 and 2001); the Lee H. Johnson award for teaching excellence (1995); a Senior Fulbright Fellowship (1997); the ASME Freeman Scholar award (2002); the Outstanding Researcher award at Tulane (2003); the ASME Outstanding Service award (2007); the ASME Fluids engineering award (2014); and the ASME 90th Anniversary of FED Medal, 2016.
Professor Michaelides has authored six books. His last book on Energy, the Environment and Sustainability, (CRC Press 2018) has already been adopted by several Universities as textbook in energy courses.
The Keynote Lecture "
Economic Solutions for a Planet in Crisis
" will be given by Dr.
Tom Rand is a recognized thought leader and public speaker on the necessity and economic upside of a rapid, global transition to a low-carbon economy.
Tom is managing partner of ArcTern Ventures, is a new father, sits on a number of boards, and finds it hard to believe we’re still having this conversation.
He is the author of three books about climate solutions: Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit (2010), Waking the Frog: Solutions for Our Climate Change Paralysis (2014) and Climate Capitalism: Economic Solutions for a Planet in Crisis (2020).