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Women in Renewable Energy: Beyond Photovoltaics and Batteries

Ellen B. Stechel

  • Co-Director, LightWorks®
  • Professor of Practice, School of Molecular Sciences. Arizona State University
  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Please join us for breakfast in Honolulu for a discussion with local experts exploring the role of hydrogen in the transition to clean energy and clean transportation. We'll also hear from special guest, Ellen B. Stechel from Arizona State University LightWorks®, about the concept of a new carbon economy and other energy solutions that can help us reach our sustainability goals.

• Special Guest, Ellen B. Stechel, Co-Director, ASU LightWorks®
• Tatyana Reshetenko, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
• Rachel James, Project Manager, Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies, a program of HTDC
• Moderator: Lauren Reichelt, Clean Transportation Lead, Blue Planet Foundation and the Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawaii (STCH)

Ellen B. Stechel is Co-Director, ASU LightWorks®; Professor of Practice, School of Molecular Sciences; and Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University (ASU;) with a primary focus being on Sustainable Fuels and Products. Her career has afforded her opportunities to build and/or coordinate research programs at a national laboratory, industry, a U.S. government agency, and now in higher education at ASU; in both basic and applied research; policy and commercialization of emerging technologies; and in multi-disciplinary R&D strategy and management. She has held and holds numerous positions of an advisory or editorial capacity nationally and internationally, has published >100 peer reviewed articles, and is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. Her current research focuses on materials and systems design for concentrating solar technologies for producing sustainable liquid hydrocarbons from carbon dioxide, hydrogen from advanced water splitting, renewable ammonia, thermochemical energy storage, and clean water. She received her PhD in Chemical Physics at the University of Chicago in 1978. After postdoctoral research at the University of California in Los Angeles, she joined Sandia National Laboratories in Condensed Matter Physics, Surface Physics, and Advanced Materials from 1981-1998. In 1998 she moved to Industry, in the Ford Scientific Research Laboratory, to direct programs in computational chemical and materials research, then managed Chemistry and Environmental Science before transitioning to Ford Product Development in Powertrain Engineering. She returned to Sandia in 2006 to manage Energy Research Projects, including Sandia’s Grand Challenge Project in Solar Fuels, named Sunshine to Petrol.

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This event is co-sponsored by the East-West Center.

Friday, February 8, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.