Energy Trends and Technologies in the Coming Decades

Dr. Steve Koonin, BP, Germany

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Spanos Auditorium

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This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series

The world's demand for energy will grow by some 60% in the next 25 years. Satisfying that demand in an economical and environmentally acceptable manner is one of the most significant challenges facing society. New technologies will play a central role in meeting this challenge, albeit conditioned by the economic, social, and political contexts in which they are developed and deployed. The presentation will focus on the major forces shaping the world's energy future and the technologies required to respond to them.

About the Speaker

Dr. Steven E. Koonin joined BP in 2004 as Group Chief Scientist. He is responsible for the company's long range technology plans and activities, particularly those "beyond petroleum." He also has purview over BP's major university research programs around the world and provides technical advice to BP's senior executives on matters on Group significance. Steve received a B.S. in physics from Caltech in 1972 and a Ph.D in theoretical physics from MIT in 1975. He joined the Caltech professorial faculty in 1975, and served as the Institute's VP and Provost from 1995-2004. Steve is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. He has served on numerous advisory bodies for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Energy and its various national laboratories. His research interests include theoretical nuclear, many-body, and computational physics, nuclear astrophysics, and global environmental science.