Notre Dame Club of Columbus Hesburgh Lecture
TUE, OCTOBER 18, 2016
Speaker: Robert Nelson, Professor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Lecture: "Wind Energy Research at Notre Dame—Developing a Better Energy Source"
Lecture Description: The major challenges of this century will be to provide enough energy, water, and food without harming the environment and depleting these resources for future generations. Renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy must play a more important role in our energy future. Wind power has the potential to meet 20% of our electricity needs. One of the most important challenges is to make the cost of generating electricity from wind turbines competitive with other energy sources. Research at the University of Notre Dame has shown that significant
improvements can be made to make wind power more cost effective.
About the Hesburgh Lectures: Inspired by the late Father Hesburgh’s example of lifelong learning, the Hesburgh Lecture Series has brought University faculty to Notre Dame clubs and their local communities since 1986. The lectures, presented by mostly tenured faculty, showcase the depth and breadth of Notre Dame’s academic expertise in research and teaching through an accessible format suitable for a general audience. The Hesburgh Lecture Series furthers the mission of the Alumni Association to provide meaningful continuing education opportunities to Notre Dame alumni and friends.