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Workshop Programme

Wednesday 22 July 2009


Registration and Coffee


Welcome and Introductions


Keynote Address:

Sustainable Engineering in the Anthropocene
Braden R. Allenby, Professor, Engineering and Ethics, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Law, and Director, Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management, Arizona State University, USA


Coffee Break


Parallel Sessions and Panel Discussions:



Session Summary

Engineering Solutions for a Sustainable Shipping Industry
John Spencer, Director, National Transportation Safety Board, and former President, American Bureau of Shipping

Remarks by
Dianne Chong, Vice President, Boeing, and President,
ASM International, USA

Hydrogen-fueled Carbon-free Transportation
Salvador Aceves, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, USA

Materials Challenges for a Sustainable Automotive Industry
Alan Taub, Executive Director, Research and Development and Strategic Planning, General Motors, Warren, MI, USA



Session Summary

Advanced Sorting and Melting Technologies for Improved Scrap Recycling
Aldo Reti, Director of Business Development, Waste to Energy Corporation (second largest recycler in America)

Growing Metal Demand, Changing Legislation and Economy, Challenges for the Rrecycling Industry To Optimize the Resource Cycle.
Christine Meskers, Business Development, Umicore Precious Metals Refining

Aluminium Recycling – An Integrated, Industry-Wide Approach
Subodh Das, Former Professor, Center for Aluminum Technology, College of Engineering, University of Kentucky



Session Summary

Empowering Access to Safe Water
Dan Stevens, Executive Director, Lifewater International, USA

Infrastructure and Governance To Address Sustainably Water Quality, Quantity, and Availability
Julie Zimmerman, Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

Sustainable Food Security: How can Biotechnology Help?
C. S. Prakash, Professor of Genetics at Tuskegee University (USA)




Parallel Sessions and Panel Discussions:



Session Summary

The World Energy Outlook: Post 2012 Climate Scenarios
Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency

Future Technological Challenges for the Electric Power Industry
Hans “Teddy” Püttgen, Professor and Director, Energy Center, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland

The New Energy Mix
Ashok Belani, Chief Technology Officer, Schlumberger – Boston



Session Summary

Lifestyle and Health:  The Modern Challenge for Engineering
Dr. Mikael Rabaeus, Medical Director, Health Management Centre, Clinique de Genolier

Teaching Sustainable Engineering
Richard LeSar and K. Mark Bryden, Iowa State University

Innovative Technology Solutions for Global Health: PATH’s Product Development Approach and Experience
Darin Zehrung, Programme for Appropriate Technology and Health (PATH)



Session Summary

An Integrated Community Based Approach to Sustainable Housing in Disadvantaged Communities
Jorge Vanegas, Director, Texas Center for Housing and Urban Development

Energy Efficiency, Durability, and Historic Preservation
William Rose, Research Architect, Building Research Council of the University of Illinois at Urbana

Healthy Cities and Housing: Key Principles for Professional Practices
Roderick J. Lawrence, University of Geneva, Switzerland

1600–1830 Break

Welcome Reception and Dinner

Human Capital Needs for Sustainable Development in the 21st Century: The Role of Engineers, Their Recruitment and Educational Imperatives
Diran Apelian

Thursday 23 July, 2009


Summary of Day 1 Sessions


Keynote Address:

Future Global Demand for Minerals: Supply Challenges and Sustainability
Andrew Bloodworth, Head of Science for Minerals at the British Geological Survey

Despite the current economic downturn, global population growth and increases in per capita income in emerging economies remain strong underlying trends. As a result, growth in demand for primary minerals is likely to continue in the long‐term. This presentation examines the likely nature of future demand and looks at the
considerable supply challenges facing the mineral sector. It also takes a critical look at differing views on the overall sustainability of primary mineral supply.


Sustainable and Affordable Health: The Roles of Water Engineering and Water Engineers
James K. Bartram, Professor and Director of Global Water Institute, Gillings School of Global Public Health

1000–1030 Coffee Break

Topical Break-Out Sessions

Energy, Food and Water, Transportation, Recycling, Housing, and Health

Parallel working sessions representing each of the following sectors will be convened: Energy, Food and Water, Transportation, Recycling, Housing, and Health. Delegates will explore and identify those technologies likely to play the most instrumental roles in achieving sustainability in each respective sector. In a facilitated
dialogue, each session group will be asked to address the following questions:

  1. What does sustainability mean for this sector and why should we care?
  2. What engineering approaches exist and/or are being used now?
  3. What advances are feasible within 10‐15 years?
  4. What materials and resources do existing approaches use and what will advances require?
  5. What advances in environmental, petroleum, marine, mining, minerals, and materials engineering will be required to sustainably produce these resources?
  6. What happens if we do nothing?




Reassembly of Break-Out Sessions


Summary of Topical Discussions
(10 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion per group)

Friday 24 July, 2009


Action items and deliverable plan on:

Sustainability is not a destination; it is a process that requires societies to make choices about the world theywant to live in and leave for future generations. Those choices need to be informed by engineering expertise. Based on the discussions and issues raised during the workshop, delegates will be asked to help develop a
path forward that will support societal learning about emerging technologies and the minerals and materials from which they are built. This workshop will lead to a series of three publications, with differing degrees of technical content. Each will be designed to support a wider international and multidisciplinary dialogue about
the major engineering, material and resource challenges the world faces today.

  • Summit Proceedings
  • White Paper
  • Resource Reference Book


Concluding Remarks
Behrooz Fattahi, 2010 SPE President

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