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3rd Annual Southwest Energy Science and Engineering Symposium


3rd Annual Southwest Energy Science and Engineering Symposium

April 26, 2013

The University of Texas at El Paso will host the third annual Southwest Energy Science and Engineering Symposium (SESES) starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Double Tree Inn in El Paso, presented by Shell, the department of Mechanical Engineering and the College of Engineering.

The symposium will provide formal and informal interactions between students, scholars and industrial professionals in the southwest region.

This symposium is a reflection of our growing national preeminence and leadership in energy science and engineering research. The overarching goal of this symposium is to create research and educational opportunities for students through interactions with nationally and internationally known industry leaders and academic experts and to bring UTEP to the forefront of creating diversity in the energy R&D workforce," said Ahsan Choudhuri Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department.

The symposium begins with a breakfast and opening remarks by keynote speaker, Roger Woodward Ph.D., Senior Propulsion Engineer at Blue Origins LLC, a private company committed to enhancing human access to space. Breakfast will be followed by breakout parallel morning technical sessions. Each talk will be 15-minutes long – 12-minute presentations with three minutes for questions and discussion.

Involved in propulsion research and development for more than two decades, and acting as the Associate Director of the Propulsion Engineering Research Center at Penn State, Dr. Woodward has conducted propulsion-related research in the areas of rocket and air-breathing engine propellant-injection and combustion for NASA. Joining the private sector with Blue Origin LLC in 2012, in order to develop and test rocket engines for space travel.

The SESES event will continue with a luncheon with a second keynote speaker, John Rawls Ph.D., Chief Scientist for General Atomics (GA) Energy and Advanced Concepts group. His technical accomplishments at GA are: conceiving the nation's premier magnetic fusion research vehicle, DIII-D tokamak; spearheading the development of the linear motor-based technology and productizing a Sandia-based concept for a compact, exceptionally high resolution synthetic aperture radar, that is now in use on four continents.   

Registration for the symposium is $10 for students and $15 for other professionals. Cash or check payments are due on the day of the symposium. Registration starts at 7 a.m.

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The University of Texas at El Paso
College of Engineering
Engineering Building Room A148
500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX 79968

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