EPIC Energy Seminar: Innovative Directions in Unconventional Power

November 6, 2018 - 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

During the Fall and Spring semesters, EPIC presents the Energy Seminar Series with speakers from around the region. These experts share valuable information and their insight into trends and news that is related to energy. Seminars are FREE and are open to students, faculty, and the public. Pizza is included so please register to attend.


Energy is fundamental to human society.  In developed societies, everything we have and everything we do can be traced back to and depends on energy.  Yet, we tend to take the source of this energy for granted.  In underdeveloped societies, the lack of access to energy is a significant roadblock to further development and access to energy is key to survival.  Historically, humans have depended on wood, wind, hydro, and solar as sources for energy.  In the 19th century, industrialized countries began utilizing coal, oil, and natural gas with the expectation that these energy sources were indefinite.  And, in the 20th century, nuclear fission became both an important, yet controversial, source of energy.  While these advances in energy sources have supported significant advances in human society, none of these sources are without limit.  To meet the future energy needs of humankind, we must strive to innovate and develop new sources of energy and to develop a diverse base of energy sources.  In this presentation, current innovations in unconventional power will be discussed, including off-shore wind, solar-thermal, and nuclear.

About the Speaker

Scott Poole is Vice President of Design & Engineering, Energy, Nuclear at Atkins, a Division of SNC-Lavalin, where Scott leads an organization which designs and delivers systems and equipment for the nuclear power and radioactive waste management industries world-wide. Scott is a registered Professional Engineer (PE), Project Management Professional (PMP), and LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP).  Scott is vice-chair of the ASME Radwaste Systems Committee and is a graduate of Leadership Energy Carolinas.  Awards include a Top Industry Practice award from the Nuclear Energy Institute and a Private Sector, Best Project over $100 Million award from the Construction Management Association of America. Scott believes that economical access to energy and clean water are the keys to human survival and is particularly proud of his involvement in the cleanup effort at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan.


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