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Nov. 22, 2004

Engineering Expert To Speak On Energy Efficient Buildings

Gil Masters, emeritus professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, will speak on "Energy-Efficient Buildings: The Key to Our Climate Future" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in Shambaugh Auditorium of the University of Iowa Main Library.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is part of the Engineers for a Sustainable World's Green Campus Initiative and follows UI President David Skorton's recommendation that the university reduce its annual utilities budget by $1.5 million over the next three years.

Masters will describe how high-performance buildings not only save money, energy and the environment, but also become the most desirable residential and work places. In addition, he will discus buildings in the context of energy and environment by detailing technologies and design features that can help make them super-efficient.

"With close to half of U.S. energy and carbon emissions being associated with the construction and operation of buildings, how we design, build and use those buildings is critical to our climate future," Masters says.

He will also discus recent changes to the Stanford University curriculum, including the civil and environmental engineering department's "Engineering for Sustainability."

Masters received his doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1966 and, after a brief stint in semiconductor research at Fairchild Research Labs -- where some of his co-workers spun-off Intel, Inc. -- he switched fields to environmental engineering. He is the author or co-author of six books, including the widely used textbook "Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science" and his latest book, published in 2004, "Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems".

The lecture is cosponsored by the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research and the College of Engineering.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you require an accommodation to participate in this program, contact the UI College of Engineering at 319-335-5764.

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