|Event Date:||July 9, 2013|
|Speaker:||Professor Larry Nies|
|Speaker Affiliation:||Purdue University|
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.