Future Strategic Research Opportunities

CLEAN ENERGY WORKSHOP

December 16, 2021 || 1:00-4:30pm, reception following || In-Person Event

Engineering Centers Building – ECB 1003 (Tong Auditorium)

Registration:      Although online registration has closed, please contact Peggy Sullivan at peggy.sullivan@wisc.edu if you still would like to attend. Alternatively, in-person registration at the event can be accomodated!

Goal:       Identify opportunities on clean energy technologies in which UW-Madison could lead multi-disciplinary research initiatives

Who:       UW-Madison Researchers

Why:       Position UW-Madison to contribute to restoring U.S. leadership in key technology sectors

How:       Early action plan yielding identification of promising leadership areas and formation of task forces building proposal coalitions

Where:   Engineering Centers Building – ECB 1003 (Tong Auditorium)

Time
1:00-1:10pm

Introduction of Workshop & Materials

1:10 -1:30

Welcome Remarks and information about recent Clean Energy Opportunities in Federal Funding

Ian Robertson, Grainger Dean of the College of Engineering

1:30-1:50

State Perspective from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Sam Rikkers, COO and Deputy Secretary of the WEDC

1:50-2:15

Case study from the Build Back Better Regional Competition

Chris Kozina, Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Industry Engagement, & Kieran Furlong, WARF

2:15-2:45

America Achieves perspective on Build Back Better opportunities

Jon Schnur, CEO for America Achieves

2:45-3:00

Activity to Identify Clean Energy Themes

Led by: Oliver Schmitz, Associate Dean, College of Engineering, and Dan Thoma, Director of the Grainger Institute for Engineering

  • Identify internal and external researchers
  • Identify partnerships with Industry, minority-serving institutions, and marginalized communities
  • Identify ways UW-Madison can be positioned to respond to funding opportunities
3:00-3:30

Faculty Elevator Pitches on Clean Energy R&D

Required pre-registration

3:30-4:00

Breakout Activity: Exchange forum to discuss presentations and identify needs

  • What clean energy themes do we identify?
  • How would you address building a proposal for a $10M or $100M funding opportunity in that theme?
  • What resources do you need to be successful?
  • Are there any new approaches your team can identify?
4:00-4:20

Large Group Discussion: Sharing needs identified during breakouts

  • Building coalitions that can compete – is a wholistic approach necessary?
  • Assemble task forces that build coalitions for each topic and define actions
  • Identify the support type and level needed from campus and the schools/colleges
4:20-4:30

Next steps discussion

Led by: Oliver Schmitz, Associate Dean, College of Engineering, and Dan Thoma, Director of the Grainger Institute for Engineering

  • Needs assessments and plan forward to build coalitions
  • Propose timeline & agree on follow-up with each group
  • Resource request process
4:30

Adjourn for Team Networking & Reception

Event Information

Event format

  • This live in-person event will not be recorded
  • Q&A with presenters will follow each presentation
  • Activities to engage the audience and lead to idea incubation

Engagement

  • Faculty experts will provide contact information for further engagement
  • Submit questions at any time during the presentations
  • Discussion of needs/resources

Register for this event!

Please feel free to contact Peggy Sullivan at Peggy.Sullivan@wisc.edu for registration or register on-site.