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Students showcasing research posters at the 2015 GCEP Symposium

Energy Seminar: Sally M. Benson and Arun Majumdar: Reflections on the Future of Energy

January 7, 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm
NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center

Free and open to all.

Event Sponsor: 
Precourt Institute for Energy
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Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy’s co-directors Sally M. Benson and Arun Majumdar, in conversation with Hoover Institution research analyst David Fedor, will discuss the latest from Stanford Energy and what this means for the global energy transformation.

Speaker Biographies:

Sally M. Benson joined Stanford University in 2007. She holds three appointments at Stanford: professor of energy resources engineering in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, the campus-wide hub of energy research and education; and director of the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP), a pioneering university-industry partnership to develop innovative, low-carbon energy supplies to meet global energy needs. Prior to joining GCEP, Benson completed a four-year term as Deputy Director of Operations at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Benson is an internationally recognized scientist with extensive management experience. She is the author or co-author of over 160 scientific publication and is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society.

Arun Majumdar is the Jay Precourt Professor at Stanford University, a faculty member of the departments of mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering (by courtesy) and co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, which integrates and coordinates research and education activities across all seven schools and the Hoover Institution at Stanford. In 2009, Majumdar was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate as the founding director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), and also served as the acting undersecretary of energy. In 2012, he joined Google, where as vice president of energy, he was tasked with driving's energy initiatives and advising the company on their broader energy strategy. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.