Portions of a statewide energy summit chaired by Missouri S&T Chancellor John F. Carney III will be available for viewing live over the Internet.
The Missouri Energy Summit, chaired by Carney and hosted by the four-campus University of Missouri System, will be held April 22-23 at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The two-day event features Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens and several other national experts on energy policy and research. Several Missouri S&T researchers will also discuss their work during the summit.
Portions of the summit will be broadcast live via the Internet. They include Pickens’ keynote address and all of the April 22 speakers, from noon through approximately 6:30 p.m. To access the live broadcast, go online to www.umsystem.edu/summits/energy2009/program/schedule.
Pickens – the architect of the “Pickens Plan” to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil – is the keynote speaker for the Missouri Energy Summit. Pickens’ address is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 (Earth Day), in Jesse Hall Auditorium on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus.
In addition to Pickens’ speech, the two-day summit will feature presentations by other national experts on energy policy and research, and research presentations by faculty and students from the four UM campuses. Presenters include several Missouri S&T researchers, who will discuss issues related to power generation, transportation fuels, energy infrastructure and materials for energy applications.
University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee announced in December that the Energy Summit would be one of two statewide economic development forums spearheaded this year by the university’s four campuses. The second summit, slated for Oct. 7-8 in Kansas City, will focus on biological and life sciences.
Pickens’ speech kicks off an afternoon lineup of leading national energy experts at the Energy Summit. Other first-day speakers include:
- Dale Klein, chairman, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- Joan Woodard, executive vice president and deputy laboratories director, nuclear weapons program, Sandia National Laboratories, and a Missouri S&T graduate
- Gary Rainwater, chairman, CEO and president, AmerenUE
- Fredrick D. Palmer, senior vice president, Peabody Energy
- Richard Sayre, director, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
- Bob Dixon, incoming chair, Alliance to Save Energy Board
- Bob Kruse, executive director of global vehicle engineering for hybrids, electric vehicles and batteries, General Motors, and a Missouri S&T graduate
- Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for 21st Century Energy
- Michael Chesser, chairman and CEO, Great Plains Energy and KCP&L
- Research officers from the University of Missouri System’s four campuses
Day two of the Missouri Energy Summit will feature presentations and panel discussions by researchers invited from public and private universities across the state, governmental and nonprofit agencies, energy companies, and others.