The Academic Colloquium

The Academic Colloquium

The Academic Colloquium, Excellence Through Innovation, will focus on the impact of innovation and entrepreneurship, exploring how technology transfer and its consequential entrepreneurial skillset and knowledge enhance the classroom experience and the university community at large. This innovation model transcends more traditional educational and research approaches that may not be sufficient in training students to address our most pressing societal challenges. Distinguished guests will share their vision of how innovation can support positive change in education, and key Stevens faculty will highlight some of their current research within this realm. The audience will have an opportunity to pose questions in an open forum, as our hope is that this event will inspire discussions that ultimately advance the integration of innovation as essential element of excellence in higher education.

How Innovation has Changed the World

Speaker: Dr. Steven Chu 

Synopsis: Advances in science, technology and innovation have redefined the world. The Industrial Revolution liberated us from the constraints of human and animal power and we achieved remarkable successes. In this brief instant in the history of humankind, the world has grown from 700 million to 7 billion people, and the living conditions of an ever-increasing fraction of humanity has been elevated to heights that were unimaginable to the kings, queens, and emperors of earlier times. Our homes are warm in winter, cool in summer, and lit at night. We enjoy a breathtaking mobility of information, goods, and people, made possible by science, technology and innovation, and fueled by energy.

Those same achievements have created new challenges, and our present path is not sustainable. Although we are becoming increasingly adept in our ability to find and extract fossil energy, there is no debate that the supply of these fuels is finite. While technology advances will likely be able to supply our rapidly growing appetite for fossil energy in the coming decades, we will still need to dramatically de-carbonize our use of energy. The scientific evidence that the climate is changing and is largely due to human greenhouse gas emissions grows more compelling with each passing year. In order to mitigate the most dire risks, we will need to make substantial changes in an arena where established technologies are naturally favored and the time scale of change is slow.

Secretary Chu will discuss how innovation transforms the world. He will summarize the energy and climate challenges, and the scientific and technological developments needed to transition to a sustainable world.

See Dr. Steven Chu's Bio

Achieving Great Things through Great Innovations

Speaker: Dr. Jeong Kim
Synopsis: What are the hallmarks of great technical innovations and what are the practices that lead to them?  Will they result from the efforts of preeminent scientists seeking to fill in the gaps in our existing knowledge frameworks?  To what extent can we shape the likelihood that significant innovations will materialize? Is there a unique culture that abounds within communities that give rise to great innovations?

Dr. Kim will share his thoughts on the defining characteristics of such innovations, and suggest four essential attributes shared by the people and organizations that give rise to them.

See Dr. Jeong Kim's Bio

The Ongoing Legacy of Energy Technology Development and Education at Stevens Institute of Technology

Speakers: Dr. Ronald Besser and Dr. Frank Fisher

Synopsis: From the Institute’s inception, researchers and educators at Stevens have been committed to addressing the societal needs of the efficient generation, conversion, storage, and delivery of energy. These efforts have and continue to produce valuable intellectual products for advancing energy technology. Coupled with this, a commitment to the training of emerging technologists who provide solutions to energy needs in diverse industries and applications has been a hallmark of the Institute. In this joint talk, the presenters will survey past contributions and then highlight current energy research and educational initiatives, underscoring efforts that leverage the Institute’s multiscale science and engineering initiative with a focus on nanotechnology.