Energy Center

Richard Simmons - Energy Resources Bureau, US Department of State

December 19 @ 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM - Lawson Building, room 1106

Suresh Garimella and Melissa Dark would like to invite you to participate in an upcoming visit by Richard Simmons on December 19-20.  Richard (Rich) Simmons has been serving the  U.S. Department of State in a technical/policy role since 2009 and is currently supporting the State Department’s newly established Energy Resources Bureau (http://www.state.gov/e/enr/index.htm) by applying technical expertise to international policy issues related to energy.  The Energy Resources Bureau officially began operations on November 16, 2011 focused on three core objectives:  Energy Diplomacy, Energy Transformation, and Energy Transparency and Access.

Rich's visit is intended as a dialog.  Rich will share his perspectives and experiences with us via a talk on Monday December 19 at 2:00 pm in Lawson 1106.  The title of his talk is "Technology and Policy: Strategic Tools in Global Energy and Environmental Challenges".  In addition, we would like to provide an opportunity for Rich to meet with you to learn more about the energy/environment efforts you lead.

I know it is a very busy time of year, but hope you can participate.  Please rsvp to Julie Gibbs (jagibbs@purdue.edu) or Melissa Dark (dark@purdue.edu) and let us know if 1) you will attend the talk and 2) if you have time meet with Rich to highlight your work.

 

Biographical Sketch

Richard A. Simmons, P.E. has served the U.S. Department of State in a technical/policy role since 2009.  Having completed a two-year AAAS science and technology (S&T) policy fellowship this August, Richard continues to support the State Department’s New Energy Resources Bureau by applying technical expertise to international policy issues related to energy.  His specific efforts are focused on strategic cooperation with foreign governments and domestic agencies on renewable energy, biofuels and low carbon alternatives to petroleum fuels for transportation.  Richard is a licensed professional engineer (PE) whose career has spanned sixteen years and concentrated in the automotive industry, advanced materials, alternative fuels and energy policy.  Richard holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, where he specialized in mechanical systems design, vibrations and acoustics under Professors W. Soedel, J.S. Bolton and J. Starkey.  Rich has multiple patents, is fluent in French and is a board member and technical advisor of companies based in Atlanta, GA and Brussels, Belgium.

"Technology and Policy:  Strategic Tools in Global Energy and Environmental Challenges"

The world is increasingly in need of sustainable and scalable solutions to address the growing demand for energy and the pressing challenges of the environment.  Both technology and policy must be strategic tools in global efforts to reduce reliance on conventional hydrocarbon energy sources; yet the need to coordinate advanced technologies with robust and practical policies has never been more acute. This has specific implications on transportation, as well R&D and commercial deployment efforts by leading U.S.-based public and private entities; appropriate policies will be paramount in enabling and accelerating a transition away from liquid fossil fuels.  Opportunity and challenge surround efforts to bring the traditionally independent but increasingly cross-cutting fields of agriculture, economics, engineering, energy and policy together to develop sustainable solutions.  Linkages of appropriate scope and scale, thorough assessments of risk and benefit, and effective means of optimizing collaboration among stakeholders are additional considerations that can help multiply the impact in the pursuit of improvedefficiencies, alternative fuels such as advanced biofuels and natural gas, as well as alternative vehicle technologies for transport.

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