Professor Willson is executive director of the Energy Institute at CSU, holds the Bryan Willson Presidential Chair of Energy Innovation, and is a professor of mechanical engineering. He served as a program director and consultant to the ARPA-E from 2012-2019. He has worked for more than 30 years to advance large-scale technology solutions related to energy, transportation, air quality and human health. As an entrepreneur, he is co-founder of multiple companies including Envirofit International, Solix BioSystems, Factor(e) Ventures, and Xpower; he continues to work with faculty entrepreneurs at CSU and throughout the region through a number of innovation programs launched by the Energy Institute. He is founder and director of CSU’s Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory, and its Powerhouse Energy Campus. His laboratory is a key contributor to advanced internal combustion engines, oil and gas production technology, hydrogen energy systems, advanced electrical grids, biofuels, building technologies and technology to enable energy access in developing nations. He has worked in more than 40 countries. He earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Prediction: Innovations in Predictive Analytics
Adaptation: Environments on Other Planets & Disruptions in Earth Systems
Resilience: Building Workforce and Operations Resilience
(9:25am - 10:45am)