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Sept. 5, 2008

At A Glance

UI engineers to speak at Clean Tech 2008 conference in Chicago Sept. 9

Two UI engineering professors will address the Sept. 9 Clean Tech 2008 conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

L.D. Chen, professor and chair of mechanical and industrial engineering, will discuss renewable energy, and Larry Weber, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering, will discuss sustainable water and land management.

Chen and UI colleagues, including Dean Barry Butler and Associate Dean for Research Greg Carmichael, have led efforts to establish a statewide wind consortium, the Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development, which supports the state's wind energy industry.

Weber conducts research related to dams and levees, hydraulics and aquatic ecosystems and works closely with public and private environmental agencies. He and his research team are developing an Upper Mississippi River Basin Observatory to monitor water quality issues in real time.

At Clean Tech 2008, entrepreneurs, practitioners and policymakers share best practices and discover opportunities for collaboration and commercialization.


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