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Energy for the Coming Decades: Trends and Technologies

The world's demand for energy will grow by some 60% in the next 25 years. Satisfying that demand in an economical and environmentally acceptable manner is one of the most significant challenges facing society. New technologies will play a central role in meeting this challenge, albeit conditioned by the economic, social, and political contexts in which they are developed and deployed. From the perspective of a global energy company, the presentation will focus on the major forces shaping the World's energy future and the technologies required to respond to them.

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Type of Seminar:
Public Seminar
Dr. Steve Koonin
BP plc
Feb 10, 2006   16:15

ETH Zurich Hauptgebäude (HG D 7.2)
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Biographical Sketch:
Steven E. Koonin was born in Brooklyn, New York and educated at Caltech (B.S. in physics), and at MIT (Ph.D. in theoretical physics). He joined the Caltech faculty in 1975, becoming a full professor in 1981 and serving as the Institute’s Provost from 1995 – 2004.

Koonin has been on leave from Caltech since 2004 to serve as BP’s Chief Scientist. BP is the world’s second largest independent oil company, producing some 4% of the world’s oil and gas. It refines and markets petroleum products in more than 100 countries and serves more than 13 million customers each day. Among the well-know BP brands in the US are Arco, Amoco, and Castrol.

In his capacity as Chief Scientist, Koonin is responsible for BP’s long range technology plans and activities, particularly those "beyond petroleum." He also has purview over BP’s major university research programs around the world and provides technical advice to BP’s senior executives on matters on Group significance.

Koonin is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. He has served on numerous advisory bodies for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Energy and its various national laboratories. His research interests have included theoretical nuclear, many-body, and computational physics, nuclear astrophysics, and global environmental science.