• [ July 17 – 19, 2013 ]
    Memorial Union, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

  • Workshop: Energy, Transportation, and Water Infrastructure– Policy and Social Perspectives


On July 17-19 Iowa State University (ISU), sponsored by the National Science Foundation and various ISU organizations, will host interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary leaders and researchers for the Workshop on Energy, Transportation, and Water Infrastructure: Policy and Social Perspectives. The workshop is partially funded by Iowa NSF EPSCoR.

The intent of this unique workshop is to bring together researchers, industry leaders, engineers, and other representatives of regulatory bodies and agencies who have different perspectives on energy, transportation, and water issues. The workshop aims to engage participants in a conversation about current and long-term infrastructure policy and social perspectives while also discussing how to provide resilient, robust infrastructure at a reasonable cost.

The work of researchers from the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation specializing in Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures (EFRI-RESIN) and Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) students and the results of eight of these projects will be featured at the workshop. The event will host many influential speakers, including Dean A. Crist, Vice President of Regulation at MidAmerican Energy Company; Michael Deane, Executive Director of the National Association of Water Companies; and Philip Warburg, author of Harvest the Wind: America’s Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence, and Climate Stability. 

Please see this page for registration information, a tentative agenda, speaker biographies, and the call for posters.

Other speakers include:

·       Paul Hanley, Director, Transportation Policy Program and Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Iowa
·       Michael Hightower, Distinguished Member, Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
·       David T. Allen, Melvin H. Gertz Regents Chair in Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
·       Fred C. Beach, Assistant Director, Energy Policy, University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute
·       Juliet E. Carlisle, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, affiliated with the Energy Policy Institute/Center for Advanced Energy Studies, Idaho State University
·       Jonathan C. Carlson, Professor of Law and International Studies, Victor & Carol Alvarez Fellow in Law, University of Iowa College of Law
·       David A. Drescher, Vice President, Wind & Solar, Exelon Generation
·       Jarod Kelly, Assistant Research Scientist, Center for Sustainable Systems, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
·       Kevin E. Lansey, Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Arizona
·       James D. McCalley,  Harpole Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Iowa State University
·       Lamine Mili, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
·       Arka Pandit, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
·       Huei Peng, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
·       Leigh Raymond, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Environment, Purdue University
·       Lulu Rodriguez, Professor, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Iowa State University
·       Emery Roe, Senior Researcher, Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, University of California, Berkeley
·       Paul B. Thompson, W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural Food and Community Ethics, Michigan State University