BASF Distinguished Lecture Series: Tom Edgar
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Detroit, MI 48202
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Tom Edgar is a chemical engineer who has been on the University of Texas at Austin faculty for more than 40 years. He serves as the director of the UT Austin Energy Institute and holds the George T. and Gladys H. Abell Chair in Chemical Engineering. For the past four decades, Edgar has concentrated his academic work in process modeling, control, and optimization. He has published over 450 articles and book chapters, and co-authored three textbooks. Edgar supervised the thesis research of over 45 M.S. and 80 Ph.D. students. He served as president of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 1997, and today is board secretary of Pecan Street, Inc. in Austin, Texas, which deals with renewable energy and smart grids. Edgar’s current research interests cover renewable energy, combined heat and power, energy storage and improved oil recovery.
Topic: Energy Efficiency, Smart Grids, and Process Control
Energy efficiency is receiving increased attention as a way to reduce the use of fossil fuels and the resulting production of greenhouse gases. Automation, process control, and real-time optimization are critical technologies to operate plants in the most efficient way. The increased use of intermittent renewable energy sources such as solar or wind power reduces carbon usage but adds a dynamic element to power production. Time of day pricing of power and use of demand response techniques to flatten demand curves will be important ingredients of smart grids. Increased usage of thermal and other energy storage systems in combined heat and power along with automatic control will give industrial energy users some degrees of freedom to deal with the dynamic power conditions.
About the BASF Distinguished Lecture Series
The Wayne State University Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science is welcoming five members of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering during the 2019-20 academic year to stimulate idea-focused conversations about emerging growth areas such as such as membrane technology, chemical process and control, polymers and rheology, performance materials and connected plants, and catalysis. This partnership between Wayne State and BASF — the largest chemical producer in the world, with a footprint in more than 80 countries — is intended to create another pathway to connect students with professional leaders and to enhance interaction among industry experts.