Research Seminar-Sustainability

Event Date: July 9, 2013
Speaker: Professor Larry Nies
Speaker Affiliation: Purdue University
Time: 4 PM
Location: LILY G126


Larry Nies is a professor of Environmental & Ecological Engineering and Civil Engineering at Purdue University. He teaches two innovative courses in Sustainable Engineering; one is taught in an interactive learning studio and the other is a distance education course.  These courses have learning objectives that include development of student’s global literacy.  Through his teacher/mentor role he also helps first semester engineering students learn strategies for success, build self-confidence and become active learners. 

Nies’ research interests span across macro-scale human systems down to nano-scale molecular processes.  He studies interdependent urban infrastructure systems with the aim to integrate them more harmoniously with natural ecosystem function.  Urban systems play a pivotal role in economic development and globalization and they must be must be robust, resilient, secure and sustainable.  Rehabilitation and modernization of critical infrastructure in the developed world is a policy, planning and engineering grand challenge.  Moreover, adoption of distributed technology systems alongside infrastructure dominated by large centralized systems necessitates a paradigm shift in design and operations philosophy.

Selected Current Projects

  • Enabling Continental Scale Water Resources Management: Adding Value to State and Federal Agency Large Heterogeneous Data Sets
  • Impact of Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes on Anaerobic Microbial Communities
  • Value Characterization across the Product Lifecycle to Support Green PLM and New Business Creation. Case of study: Wind Turbines.