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February 09, 2009

College Faculty, Administrators Featured at Emerging Issues Forum

The College of Engineering will be well represented at the Emerging Issues Forum “Changing Landscapes: Building the Good Growth State?” held at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh Feb. 9-10. Several faculty members and administrators have prominent roles in the proceedings.

Dr. George List, professor and head of the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, was a member of the organizing committee for the forum. The forum is focusing on growth and infrastructure this year.

Dr. Ruben Carbonell, Frank Hawkins Kenan Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Director of the William R. Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science and the Golden Leaf Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center, will introduce John Kao as the luncheon speaker on Tuesday. Kao, chairman and CEO of Kao and Company LLC, is the author of the best selling book Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity and Innovation Nation.

Theresa-Marie Rhyne, director of the Visualization and Analytics Center in the Department of Computer Science and director of the RENCI Engagement Center at NC State, will be showing the visualization framework that began as an Institute for Emerging Issues Mapping Application. RENCI is also a sponsor and exhibitor at the forum.

Dr. Mark Johnson, associate professor of materials science and engineering and a director of NC State’s new FREEDM Systems NSF Engineering Research Center, will moderate a workshop panel discussion on Monday on revamping the state’s energy infrastructure to accommodate a broader range of energy sources. Johnson serves as program director for industrial collaboration and innovation at the center, which is developing technology to revolutionize the nation's power grid and speed renewable electric-energy technologies into millions of homes and businesses.

Faculty and administrators from the College will also attend the forum.

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Source - NC State College of Engineering Communications

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