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Jay Gore
Reilly University Chair Professor of Engineering, Purdue University

The Global Energy Grand Challenge

Thursday, March 27, 2014
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

McMaster University, ETB room 535

Café X will be open for business for one hour, starting with a presentation, followed by questions and answers. Refreshments will be available at the start and conclusion of the event.

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The globe is getting hotter but it is also getting colder depending on where and when you look. The world is definitely not flat- it has many mountains and many areas that are at or below the mean sea level. The coastal areas are seeing oceans rise and land lost to such rise. The world is very driven and uses a lot of fossil fuels for that driving. Ten out of ten indicators over the last few decades point in directions that are consistent with those expected on the basis of the globe getting warmer. Population, energy use, carbon dioxide emissions all continue to rise every year and so do life expectancy, quality, number of cell phones, and per capita as well as total energy needs of developed, emerging, developing and soon to be developing countries. Use of energy for manufacturing fertilizers and cars, for storing and disinfecting food and water, and for storing and communicating information and for global travel has led to tremendous improvements in human life. Explorers, suppliers, and users of all forms of energy have contributed significantly to the current status. So, energy and its consumption are not to be faulted for the Global Energy Grand Challenge. Instead seeking solutions is what all must aim for. Solutions may include discovery of new fossil sources and new ways of utilizing fossil sources and managing the resulting carbon dioxide, development of renewable energy resources and their addition to the grid in the developed world, solutions may be off-grid local high quality fossil and renewable supplies in the developing and soon to be developing countries and solutions may be a healthy combination of the two in the emerging countries. There are many examples of local solutions and I will share a few of these from my experiences and hope that the audience will have many additional examples that promote the idea that we will find a sustainable solution to the Global Energy Grand Challenge.

About Jay Gore:

Dr. Jay P. Gore is the Reilly University Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering. He was the Director of the Energy Center in Discovery Park (2005-2010), Jefferson Science and Technology Fellow - Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. State Department (2010-2011), and Associate Dean of Research and Entrepreneurship in the College of Engineering (2002-2007). He served as a Research Fellow in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan and as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland prior to joining Purdue as an Associate Professor. Dr. Gore received early promotions to the rank of Professor of Mechanical Engineering and to the Chair Professorship.  Jay is a past Chairman of the Central States Section of the International Combustion Institute and the ASME K11 Committee on Heat Transfer in Fire and Combustion. He has served as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer and an Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal. He was the U.S. Editor of the 28th International Combustion Symposium.  He has received the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award from the President of the United States of America. He has received the ASME Best Paper in Heat Transfer Literature of 1987 award.  He has received Faculty Fellowships from the Japanese Ministry of Education and the U. S. Department of Energy.  He has received the Celebration of Faculty Careers Award 2013-14 from Purdue College of Engineering, the International Conference on Advances in Mechanical Engineering Chief Guest, Valedictory Function in 2013, Pune, India; the Materials Research Society Nano-materials Synthesis Invited Panelist Award 2013, for a presentation entitled “Flame Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes,” in 2012 in Boston, MA.  He received the Outstanding Team Award 2012 from Purdue College of Engineering for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) that he founded in 2002.

Jay's research is in the area of combustion and radiation heat transfer with applications to pollutant reduction, efficiency enhancements, fire safety, and improved fundamental understanding. He has received over $25M in research funding and is currently serving as a co-Principal Investigator for grants in gas turbine combustion and radiation heat transfer applications. He is applying infrared radiation sensing knowledge to a wide range of problems including Bio Heat Transfer, Food Science, and Optical Biopsy in collaboration with a large group of multidisciplinary scientists and physicians. He has authored or coauthored around150 archival papers, 4 book chapters, and 200 conference papers. Jay has developed/revised 3 courses (Thermodynamics, Combustion and Advanced Combustion) at Purdue University and three courses in heat transfer and thermodynamics at the University of Maryland.

For event information, please contact Terry Milson,, 905-525-9140, ext. 27391.