How Can We Make Technology Solve Big Problems? A Discussion of Energy Systems and Climate Change

Thursday, November 2, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Young Research Library - Main Conference Room 11360

The Jacob Marschak Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Mathematics in the Behavioral Sciences at UCLA

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Free and open to the public. Advance registration requested.


UCLA Library


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Technology is both the reason behind and a potential solution to several major threats to life on our planet. Climate change is one example, where energy technology largely created the problem and will also be required to address it. But there remain important gaps in the knowledge about how to measure and explain the drivers of technological progress, which limit the ability to develop technology solutions.

Using examples from research on solar cells and electric vehicle batteries, Jessika Trancik will discuss how to begin to fill these gaps. Her insights can inform investments of time and money into developing technologies to help solve important problems like climate change.

Trancik is an associate professor in the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute. She received her BS in materials science and engineering from Cornell University and her PhD in materials science from the University of Oxford. Before MIT she spent several years at the Santa Fe Institute as an Omidyar Fellow and at Columbia University as an Earth Institute Fellow.

Her research focuses on evaluating the costs, environmental impacts, and scalability of low-carbon energy technologies against climate change mitigation target.

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