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Dr. Joshua Fu Presents the CURENT Power and Energy Seminar on Friday, September 21

Dr. Joshua S. Fu, John D. Tickle Professor of Engineering and Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee will present the CURENT Power & Energy Seminar on Friday, September 21 in MHK 404 from 12:20pm to 1:10pm. This seminar will be available for remote viewing via ZOOM. Zoom info follows the bio. 

Presenter: Dr. Joshua S. Fu, John D. Tickle Professor of Engineering and Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee

Title: Extreme weather and climate events and impact study toward energy infrastructures

Abstract: A functioning power infrastructure is critical to the environment, economy and human life, yet several incidents in the recent past suggest that current US infrastructure is vulnerable to extreme weather and climate events such as heat waves, hurricanes and flooding. Because of these vulnerabilities, the US is further underprepared to cope with predicted increases in frequency and intensity of these events due to climate change. These vulnerabilities are particularly prevalent in regions such as coastal areas that are more easily exposed to extreme weather, and they can lead to cascading consequences for the populations serviced by these and communicating sectors of the infrastructure. Power generation failure is the most representative example of vulnerable infrastructure sectors since these systems are often the first affected by extreme weather phenomena, and since so much of the remaining infrastructure depends upon their proper functioning.

As climate conditions change, populations shift, and requirements for power increase; infrastructure must evolve to accommodate demand, and simultaneously to prevent risk to human welfare. Symptoms of climate change are beginning to show: overall temperatures have risen in the past century resulting in longer heat waves and higher sea surface temperatures which have led to Arctic ice melt and sea level rise along with more frequent and more intense hurricanes. If warnings are heeded, policy and preparedness plans developed, and new building codes and zoning laws enacted with regard to power generation and dependent infrastructure, future deaths can be minimized and large property losses avoided.

Bio: Joshua S. Fu is the John D. Tickle Professor of Engineering and Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee and an Inaugural Professor of the UT-ORNL Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, Faculty Affiliate at the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at the University of Tennessee. He is also a Joint Appointment Professor in the Climate Change Science Institute and Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The focus of Dr. Fu’s research work includes climatic changes, air pollution modeling, air quality impact assessments, the impacts of extreme events on health, energy infrastructure assessment, land use (satellite applications) and emission flux, diesel track emission effects, and energy optimization planning. He is a modeling lead for UN Economic Commission for Europe Task Force Long Transport for Air Pollution and Climate Change and MICS-Asia, Intergovernmental air pollution modeling study. He represents U.S. Global Change Research Program under Office of Science and Technology of the White House to serve Arctic Council Arctic Monitoring Assessment Programme Short-life Climate Forcers Expert Group. Dr. Fu has published more than 130 journal articles, serves top tied journal editors. Dr. Fu obtained his BS from Taiwan’s National Cheng-Kung University, M.S. from the University of California at Los Angeles, and Ph.D. from North Carolina State University.



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