Join us on Friday, March 11 for an opportunity to learn about emerging research in climate change and engineering, and to share your own research and interest with other faculty and researchers from the College of Engineering. The Climate and Engineering Lunch is sponsored by the University of Michigan Climate Center, a center of the Graham Sustainability Institute. This event is for College of Engineering faculty and researchers whose research involves climate change, and who would like to learn more about research and practitioners engagement support available through the Climate Center and Graham Institute.
John DeCicco is a Research Professor at the University of Michigan Energy Institute, where his work examines transportation energy use and its associated climate mitigation challenges. He will be speaking on the Transportation Energy and Climate Analysis project, which examines strategies - both technology options and public policies - for addressing greenhouse gas emissions from the sector. Grounded in natural sciences and engineering, this research also draws on economics, other social sciences and the history of technology and policy, with the goal of informing business communities, policymakers, and the public about cost-effective ways to mitigate mobile source CO2 emissions globally, nationally and regionally.
Professor Margaret Wooldridge joined the U-M faculty in 1998 and has since become renowned internationally for her research in combustion science, particularly experimental measurements of combustion properties of new and innovative fuels. Professor Wooldridge's research bridges fundamental science with critical applications in transportation and power generation. Her work has advanced the scientific understanding of combustion kinetics and fuel chemistry to improve safety and efficiency and reduce pollutant emissions.
In her presentation, Professor Wooldridge will discuss the challenges and opportunities of fossil and alternative fuels from the perspective of reciprocating internal combustion engines. She will also discuss ideas of incorporating issues of social justice into metrics for assessing conventional and alternative fuels.