Technology Insights from University Innovators

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Major research universities frequently provide visionary insight into the development and application of technologies. With research expenditures of over $650 million in 2011, Georgia Tech ranks among the top 10 in the US in research expenditures among universities without a medical school. Georgia Tech’s Strategic Energy Institute is a campus-wide program focused on interdisciplinary research in energy and related technologies.

On January 30, sign up for an insightful discussion with university innovators on the state of research in carbon capture, photovoltaic and smart grid technologies.

David Sholl, Professor, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

The Atlantic Magazine’s July 23, 2012 issue highlighted work of David Sholl and his team. “Scientists at Georgia Institute of Technology have been working to make…absorbent materials that extract carbon dioxide directly from the air. Georgia Tech professor David Sholl says that even if we did away with all the CO2 exhausted from power plant as flue gas, “we’d still only get a portion of the carbon dioxide emitted each year. If we want to make deep cuts in emissions, we’ll have to do more—and air capture is one option for doing that.”

David’s research focuses on using atomically-detailed modeling methods to develop fundamental information that can accelerate the development of new material in real-world applications. Much of this work is directed towards environmentally and economically sustainable paths for generating and storing energy.

He is the GRA Eminent Scholar for Energy Sustainability and holds the Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Chair.

David has a B.Sc. from The Australian National University, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.

Miroslav M. Begovic, Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Miroslav is professor and chair of the Electrical Energy Technical Interest Group. In addition, he is Associate Director of the DOE Center for Photovoltaic Research and Education. His studies focus on analysis, monitoring, and control of voltage stability in electrical power systems. His research is concentrated on real-time monitoring systems for control of power system dynamics, protective relaying, distribution network operation, and distributed resources in energy systems.

He was actively involved in the design and construction of the 340 kW photovoltaic system on the roof of the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, which was the largest roof-mounted PV system in the world at the time of its construction in 1996. He has been the project director, or principal investigator, in research projects with total funding of over $12 million. The research projects included sponsors such as the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Energy, and utilities such as Southern Company, Baltimore Gas & Electric, Commonwealth Edison, and several other sponsors who are members of Georgia Tech’s National Electric Energy Testing Research and Applications Center (NEETRAC).

Miroslav has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering, from Belgrade University, Yugoslavia and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Rick Hartlein, Director, National Electric Energy Research, Testing & Applications Center, Georgia Institute of Technology

Rick is the director and principal research engineer at Georgia Tech’s National Electric Energy Testing, Research, & Applications Center (NEETRAC). His career spans work at the Georgia Power Research Center in evaluating transmission and distribution materials, developing material specifications and industry standards, managing research and testing programs, and providing engineering services. Subsequently, he helped establish NEETRAC at Georgia Tech.

NEETRAC is an electric energy focused research and testing organization with over 35 electric utility and manufacturing members. As director, Rick works with members, staff, and academic faculty to coordinate and perform research and testing projects related to the transmission and distribution of electric energy. He has served in several leadership roles in industry technical organizations related to this field.

Rick’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering are from Georgia Tech.


CO2 Capture: Near Term and Blue Sky Prospects
– David Sholl

Photovoltaics: Where from Here?- Miroslav M. Begovic

Technology Insights from University Innovators
– Rick Hartlein

Find Us

The regular venue for the Series is the Hodges Room in Tech Square:

Centergy One
75 5th Street, NW; Hodges Room
Atlanta, GA 30308