Purdue Student Pugwash held our third annual Midwest Regional Conference, titled “Energy and the Environment: Powering the Future Responsibly.” This conference examined how the consumption of energy interacts with the global environment.


Conference Agenda

Midwest Regional Conference 2008
Energy and the Environment: Powering the Future Responsibly

Thursday, March 20, 2008

12:00pm-1:00pm: PMU 263: Pugwash Undergraduate Research Symposium
Setup and Check-In
1:30pm-5:00pm: PMU 263: Pugwash Undergraduate Research Symposium

Friday, March 21, 2008

3:10pm-4:00pm: STEW 214(AB): Corporate Sponsor Presentation #1
BP – Pending
4:10pm-5:00pm: STEW 214(AB): "AIDS Awareness Information Session"
Sanford E. Gaylord – Pending
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
5:30pm-6:30pm: Memorial Union (PMU) South Ballroom: Reception & Check-in 

6:30pm-7:30pm: PMU South Ballroom: "Our Relationship with Energy: A Conference Introduction"
Alan H. McGowan
Chairman of the Board, Student Pugwash USA
7:30pm-8:45pm: PMU South Ballroom: "Barriers to a Sustainable Energy System."
Dr. Frank Laird 
Associate Professor, University of Denver.

Saturday, March 22, 2008


8:00am-9:00am: Stewart Center (STEW) West Foyer:
Conference Registration & Breakfast
9:00am-10:15am: Fowler Hall: “The NRC in a Nuclear Renaissance”
Dr Peter B. Lyons 
Commissioner, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
10:30am-11:50am: Purdue Stewart Center: Breakout Sessions
  • “Humans and Global Warming,” Dr Don Wuebbles 
    Professor, Executive Coordinator, School of Earth, Society, and Environment: University of Illinois
  • “Technologies of Hybrid Electric Vehicles,” Dr Chunting Mi 
    Associate Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering: University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • “Biofuels,” Dr Richard Meilan & Dr Clint Chapple 
    Associate Professor, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources: Purdue University Professor, Department of Biochemistry: Purdue University

12:00pm – 1:15pm: PMU, Anniversary Drawing Room: VIP Luncheon / STEW Rm. 214: Registrant Lunch

1:30pm-2:20pm: STEW Rms. 310, 314, 318: Discussion Workshop

2:30pm-3:45pm: Fowler Hall: “Global Warming Solutions”
Dr Edward Rubin 
Professor, Engineering and Public Policy and Mechanical Engineering: Carnegie-Mellon University

*******************Refreshment Break***************** 

4:15pm-5:45pm: Fowler Hall: Panel Discussion: “The Future of Energy”
“Renewable Energy Policies,” Mr Grant Smith
Executive Director, Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana
“Hydrogen,” Dr Mike Heben
Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
“Energy in the Midwest,” Mark Lutz
BP Whiting Refinery CFO