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The ENDEAVOR Seminar Series

The ENDEAVOR Research Cluster initiative within the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis focuses on research in the energy, defense, and AgTech industries. In 2022-23, ENDEAVOR will host a seminar series featuring industry subject experts in these areas.

Trends and Needs in the Modernization of the Energy and AgriTech Sectors”  

The energy and agriculture sectors are increasingly complex and connected.  The need to reduce carbon emissions and provide resilience in response to changing conditions requires significant change to current practice. This seminar series presents overviews of the latest research and technology from national leaders and provides an opportunity to discuss the future implications for their work.

 

2022-23 Series Schedule and Speaker Profiles

  Oct. 5, 2022
Dr. Per Peterson
UC Berkeley & Kairos Power   Fluoride High Temperature Reactor Development for Near-Term Commercial Deployment
  Oct. 19, 2022   
Christopher Ramezanpour
Secure Foods Solutions   How Secure Food Solutions is addressing the increased risk of human pathogenic diseases from climate change
  Nov. 16, 2022
Dr. David Page Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  Geospatial Data and its use 
  Dec. 14, 2022
Tim Theiss Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  Energy Potentials of Biomass for Replacing Transportation Fuels and Carbon Sequestration
  Feb. 15, 2023
Ben Carmichael Southern Research   Decarbonation Strategies for the Grid-Scale Electricity Market
  Mar. 15, 2023
Dr. Avat Shekoofa University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture   Better crops for worse days
  Apr. 19, 2023
Dr. Johney Green National Renewable Energy Laboratory   Emerging Trends in Renewable Energy
  May 17, 2023
Dr. Doug Kothe Oak Ridge National Laboratory   Exascale Computing and Beyond

 

Series Contact

Louis Qualls, Ph.D.
Director, ENDEAVOR – Energy, Defense, AgriTech Innovation Research
FedEx Institute of Technology
University of Memphis
alqualls@memphis.edu

 

Fall, 2022 - Spring, 2023 SPEAKER INTRODUCTION

*Each talk has a university host, who is a faculty member in a connected area of research.  The use of hosts is intended to foster collaborative connections for university departments and faculty.  Hosts will work with the presenter to ensure they have everything needed for the presentation and will moderate the presentation, including starting the meeting, introducing the speaker, and moderating the Q&A sessions after the presentation.

Per F. Peterson, Ph.D., PE | Wednesday, October 5, 2022 | Fluoride High Temperature Reactor Development for Near-Term Commercial Deployment | Register here.

An update on current progress at Kairos Power and the important roles that the national laboratories and universities played in developing the scientific and technical foundations for the next generation of nuclear reactors.

Per F. Peterson, PhD, PE
Chief Nuclear Officer
Kairos Power
peterson@nuc.berkeley.edu
707 West Tower Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501

 

University of Memphis Host: Dr. Louis Qualls, Director ENDEAVOR, FedEx Institute of Technology


Chris Ramezanpour, President and Co-founder of Secure Food Solutions | Monday, October 19, 2022 | How Secure Food Solutions is addressing the increased risk of human pathogenic diseases from climate change | Register here.

Secure Food Solutions is a food safety diagnostics company based in Memphis, Tennessee that is currently developing rapid diagnostics to detect dangerous pathogens that threaten global food supply chains. SFS has two key biotech innovations: (1) Rapid microbial tests for fast, simple, low-cost detection of Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria, etc.; and (2) Fast, simple, affordable imaging technologies for farm families in Sub Saharan Africa to detect and remove aflatoxin-contaminated foods, like peanuts, corn and cassava (aflatoxin is a dangerous fungal carcinogen responsible for critically high rates of child mortality and stunting in SSA). 

Mr. Ramezanpour is the Principal Investigator for NSF-funded R&D to develop the rapid Salmonellatest. Mr. Ramezanpour earned his Master's degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2008. For two decades, Mr. Ramezanpour has worked closely with farmers, researchers, government agencies, nonprofits, and international institutions on food and agriculture-related issues in the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa. If you have any questions want to ask Chris, please contact him at chris.ramezanpour@secure-food-solutions.com

University of Memphis Host: Dr. Brian Evans, B.S.E., M.S., Ph.D., Manager | Strategic Research Initiatives

David L. Page, Ph.D. | Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | Geospatial Data and its use | Register here.

David L. Page, Ph.D.
Section Head | Research Scientist
Geospatial Science and Human Security Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
pagedl@ornl.gov | 865.607.8192

 

University of Memphis Host: Dr. Brian Waldron, Director, Center for Applied Earth Sciences and Research (CAESAR)


Tim Theiss | Wednesday, December 14, 2022 | Energy Potentials of Biomass for Replacing Transportation Fuels and Carbon Sequestration | Register here.

Tim Theiss
Program Manager | Bioenergy Technologies 
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
theisstj@ornl.gov

 

University of Memphis Host: Dr. Shawn Brown, Biological Sciences Department


Ben Carmichael | Wednesday, February 15, 2023 | Decarbonation Strategies for the Grid-Scale Electricity Market | Register here.

Ben Carmichael
Research and Development
Southern Company Services
bmcarmic@southernco.com

 

University of Memphis Host: Dr. Alex Headley, Mechanical Engineering Department


Avat Shekoofa, Ph.D. | Wednesday, March 15, 2023 | Better crops for worse days | Register here.

Avat Shekoofa, Ph.D.
Crop Physiologist-Water Stress and Irrigation
Associate Professor
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Tennessee Institute of Technology
ashekoof@utk.edu

 

University of Memphis Host: Dr. Jennifer Mandell, Biological Sciences Department


Johney Green Jr., Ph.D. | Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | Emerging Trends in Renewable Energy | Register here.

Johney Green Jr., Ph.D.
Associate Laboratory Director
Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Sciences
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Johney.Green@nrel.gov

 

University of Memphis Host: Dr. Hasan Ali, Mechanical Engineering Department


Doug Kothe, Ph.D. | Wednesday, May 17, 2023 | Exascale Computing and Beyond | Register here.

Dr. Doug Kothe
Associate Laboratory Director for Computational Sciences
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

kothe@ornl.gov

 

University of Memphis Host: Mechanical Engineering Department