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UCF Net Zero Forum

As the world moves toward net zero carbon emission by 2050, the Orlando MS&T community will play a vital role in facilitating large energy-infrastructure changes and new processes that must occur within a relatively quick timeframe. University of Central Florida School of Modeling, Simulation and Training will be at the forefront of the research phase and no doubt calling upon the resources of the MS&T industry to facilitate the transition.

A Sept. 8 hydrogen-fuel forum at UCF offers an inside perspective from national, state and local energy leaders on achieving the decarbonization goal. Register for live or virtual attendance to Hydrogen: The Time is Now and get first-hand insights into the research, policy and support that will be needed across government, academia, NGOs and industry.

The keynote address by Jennifer Wilcox, Ph.D., Principal Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, Department of Energy, will be followed by a fireside chat with Alexander Cartwright, Ph.D., President, UCF, and William Newsom, Jr., President and CEO, Mitsubishi Power America.

Grace Bochenek, Ph.D., Director and Professor, UCF School of Modeling, Simulation and Training, will moderate A Hydrogen Economy to Decarbonize Operations and the Policies Needed to Support the Transition,” one of two panels.

Dr. Bochenek – who formerly served as a director of a Department of Energy lab and as Acting Secretary of Energy – is leading a School and Institute that has the skills, experience, and industry knowledge to optimize MS&T for the transition to a net zero world.

Bochenek is currently leading parallel initiatives that will also help lay the foundation, including building digital twins of cities, microchip and semi-conductor operations and more.

The University of Central Florida is advancing these and other technologies, bringing together many of its educational and operational initiatives to create an integrated solution to decarbonization – part of its comprehensive sustainable energy plan. But there is no doubt, the ability to build, test, deploy and train for digital concepts and operations will begin with the  MS&T industry.

Net zero is the internationally agreed upon goal for mitigating global warming in the second half of the century. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change cited the need to achieve net zero carbon by 2050 in order to cap the rise in global temperatures below 1.5°C (2.7°F).

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