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Next event on February 16, 2017:
Pre-AAAS meeting on low-carbon energy technologies
Adaptive Solar Façade (ASF) (Copyright Photo: Chair for Architecture and Building Systems, Institute of Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich)
The ETH Zurich Alumni New England Chapter is hosting a special event on the political, economic and environmental impacts of low-carbon energy technologies. Our two speakers are Jessika Trancik, associate professor in Energy Studies at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society at MIT, and Tobias Schmidt, assistant professor in Energy Politics at ETH Zurich. The talks are followed by networking opportunities.
Date: Thursday, February 16
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: 3-370 @ MIT
Food will be provided
Please register here: https://lowcarbonenergy.eventbrite.com
Jessika Trancik is the Atlantic Richfield Career Development Associate Professor in Energy Studies at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute. She received her B.S. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in materials science from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Before MIT, she spent several years at the Santa Fe Institute as an Omidyar Fellow, and at Columbia University as an Earth Institute Fellow, where her research focused on energy systems modeling. Her research group studies the dynamic costs and environmental impacts of energy technologies to inform technology design and policy.
Tobias Schmidt is Assistant Professor of Energy Politics and the head of EPG. Tobias holds a Bachelor of Science and Dipl. Ing. (MSc equivalent) in electrical engineering (energy focus) from TU München and a PhD from ETH Zurich in management, technology, and economics. During his postdoc, he spent time as a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) and acted as consultant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) working on UNDP’s De-risking Renewable Energy Investment (DREI) project.
In his research, which is published in journals like Nature Climate Change, Nature Energy, Research Policy, Global Environmental Change, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Applied Energy, Energy Policy or Climate Policy, he analyzes the interaction of energy policy and its underlying politics with technological change in the energy sector. His research covers both developed and developing countries.
Last event on December 11, 2016:
ETH Alumni NEC baking Grittibänze at swissbäkers
The New England Chapter of ETH Alumni celebrated Advent time with a visit to swissbäkers in Boston. What was planned to be a hands-on baking event also turned out into an inspiring Sunday noon with Thomas Stohr. Almost 20 years ago, Thomas and his wife Helene started baking Swiss croissants and rolls for their kids, who stopped eating American bread. Today, Thomas showed us his modern bakery that supplies several of his branches and explained baking processes as well as business considerations. Thereafter, we got the chance to taste some of swissbäkers’ sandwiches on the famous pretzel baguette whilst our self-made Grittibänze were baking in the oven. We left swissbäkers impressed by the Stohrs’ success story and eager to find out about the taste of our baked goods. The Grittibänze were delicious!