NSF-AEESP Grand Challenges Workshops - USC Agenda


Each workshop will be organized around a series of invited talks, follow up Q&A sessions and general discussions.  The agenda below is for the Grand Challenges Workshop at USC January 7-8, 2016.  Please click on the speakers' names to view their presentations (*not all speakers presented slides.)  Click here for the USC Workshop Speakers/Discussion Leaders.  Click here to return to the Agenda for the Workshop at Rice University.


Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC), Room 450, University of Southern California

Day 1 – Thursday, January 7

5:00p   Registration opens

6:00p   Reception begins

6:15p   Welcome, review of agenda, workshop objectives, and plan for breakout groups (Organizing Committee)

6:30p   Dinner Reception with Speaker, Dr. J.R. De Shazo, UCLA (30 min talk, 10 min Q&A)

8:00p   Reception ends


Day 2 – Friday, January 8

7:30a   Coffee and continental breakfast

8:00a   Welcome, workshop background and objectives (Organizing Committee)

8:15a   Session 1: The Big Picture
   - Dr. Joe Hughes, Dean of Engineering, Drexel University (15 min.)
   - Dr. Arpad Horvath, Professor, UC Berkeley, UCLA (15 min.)
   - Dr. Ellen Hanak, Director, Public Policy Institute of California (15 min.)
   - Q&A moderated by Dr. Sharon Walker, Professor and Associate Dean of Engineering, UC-Riverside (15 min.)

9:15a   Break and networking

9:30a   Session 2: The Money
   - Dr. Bill Cooper, Professor, UC-Irvine and Program Director, National Science Foundation (15 min.)
   - Mr. Kamyar Guivetchi, Manager of Statewide Integrated Water Management, California Department of Water Resources (15 min.)
   - Mr. Minh Le, Senior Advisor, U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President (15 min.)
   - Q&A moderated by Dr. Jay Lund, Professor, UC-Davis (15 min.)

10:30a Breakout groups

11:15p Report back

11:30p Session 3: Water & Energy

   - Dr. David Jassby, Assistant Professor, UC-Riverside (15 min.)
   - Dr. Evan Thomas, Associate Professor, Portland State University (15 min.)
   - Dr. Kelly Sanders, Assistant Professor, USC (15 min.)
   - Q&A moderated by Dr. Ali Boehm, Professor, Stanford University (15 min.)

12:30-1:15p     Lunch with breakout groups

1:15p   Report back

1:30p   Session 4: Air & Climate Change
   - Dr. John Volckens, Associate Professor, Colorado State University (15 min.)
   - Dr. Drew Gentner, Assistant Professor, Yale University (15 min.)
   - Q&A moderated by Dr. Mamadou Diallo, Professor, Cal Tech and KAIST (15 min.)

2:15p   Breakout groups

3:00p   Report back and general discussion of how Environmental Engineering and Science moves forward

3:45p   Day’s recap and discussion of future workshops

4:00p   Adjourn