2017 SyracuseCoE Symposium Agenda

8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 Welcome and introductions
8:45 Keynote Speaker: John Fernandez, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Future of Cities and the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative
9:30 Coffee and Transition to Sessions
TRACKS Water in Urban Environments Energy Resources Design in Urban Environments
A.1 Climate Change and Urban Systems B.1 Improving Combustion Engines Through Reliable Ignition Prediction and Control C.1 Designed Material Systems
9:45 Changing climate is having extreme and varied impacts on urban systems.  This session considers both long and short-term impacts of climate change at local to national scales. This session discusses challenges and emerging ignition systems, such as laser ignition, which are needed for the smooth functioning of clean and efficient combustion engines. This session will explore the potential of Design Material Systems that achieves novel global functions such as heat exchanger, water collector, and floating concrete breakwater through designing the geometry and composition at the local material scale.
Steve Shaw, SUNY-ESF
Analyzing Hydrologic Time Series Through the Lens of Change Points: Identifying Evidence of Natural Variability in Streamflow Across the U.S. Between 1940 and 2014
Sreenath Gupta, Argonne National Laboratory
Laser Ignition for Improved Performance of Natural gas Engines
John Grinham, Harvard University
The Vascularization of Buildings

Kristina Gutchess, Syracuse University
Back to the Future: INCA Simulations Suggest Climate May Drive Decreases in Future Stream Salinity in New York State

Deshawn Coombs, Syracuse University
Simulations of Forced Ignition
Roger Hubeli and Julie M. Larsen, Syracuse University
Buoyant Composite Structures: Prototyping a New Coastal Infrastructure
Charles Driscoll, Syracuse University
Air Quality, Health, and Ecosystem Co-benefits and Dis-Benefits of Policy Options for a U.S. Powerplant Carbon Standard
Sage Kokjohn, University of Wisconsin
Advanced Combustion: Challenges and Opportunities
Kyoo-Chul (Kenneth) Park, Northwestern University
Bio-Inspired Atmospheric Water Generation
Session Chair: Charles Driscoll, Syracuse University Session Chair: Ben Akih-Kumgeh, Syracuse University Session Chair: Daekwon Park, Syracuse University
11:00 Transition to keynote session
11:15 Keynote Speaker: Brewster McCracken, Pecan Street Inc.
Bring on the data: How you can use data to solve cities’ greatest resource and environmental challenges
12:00 PM Lunch
Keynote Introduction: John Liu
, Vice President for Research, Syracuse University
Keynote Speaker: Jeff Peterson, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Clean Energy Innovation and Research Partnerships for a Sustainable Future
Student Lightning Talks
A.2 Urban Water and Infrastructure B.2 Advanced Energy Conversion & Storage Technologies C.2 Big Data, Urban Energy Modeling, and Visualization for Community Engagement (Part 1)
1:30 Urban water infrastructure, including pipes, sewer and stormwater systems, and green infrastructure, is a necessary part of the built environment.  This session considers these infrastructures within the city of Syracuse and beyond, exploring the challenges and successes associated with the monitoring and management of water infrastructure.

This session will explore the recent advancements, development, and application to date of new energy conversion and storage technologies with a special focus on the fundamental studies in materials and chemistry.


This joint session presents recent developments in visualization and simulation tools for engaging communities and integrating big data in the design of smart, healthy, and energy-efficient built environments.
Adria Finch, City of Syracuse
Developing Smart City Infrastructure by Using Data and Innovation

Min-Kyu Song, Washington State University
Design and Synthesis of Materials for Advanced Batteries and Sustainability

Naomi Keena, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Visualization for Interdisciplinary Research
Lauren McPhillips, Arizona State University
Evaluation of Intentional and Accidental Stormwater Management Features Across Multiple US Cities
Mohammad A Islam, SUNY Oswego
High Capacity Lithium-Ion Batteries Composed of Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticle Anodes and Raman Spectroscopic Analysis of Nanoparticle Strain Dynamics in Batteries
Brewster McCracken, Pecan Street Inc.
Data-driven Insights on Residential Use of Electricity and Gas
Christa Kelleher, Syracuse University Patterns and Processes: Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Assess Urban Stream Temperatures

Seong-Young Lee, Michigan Technological University
Dimethyl Ether (DME) as Alternative Fuel to Internal Combustion Engine

Danny Studer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Using Models to Drive and Sustain District Efficiency
Nourhan Mohamed, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Climate Goals and Energy Transition in The Middle East
Session Chair: Christa Kelleher, Syracuse University Session Chair: Jeongmin Ahn, Syracuse University Session Chair: Bess Krietemeyer, Syracuse University
2:45 Transition to Session 3
A.3 Hydrologic Behavior in Urban Environments B.3 Biorefineries, Biofuels, and Bioproducts C.3 Big Data, Urban Energy Modeling, and Visualization for Community Engagement (Part 2)
3:00 Hydrological processes within urban environments often widely differ from more natural systems.  This session examines hydrological processes across urban streams as well as how these dynamics may influence biogeochemical responses at the watershed scale. Traditional pulping processes are focused on the production of cellulose while other constituents of lignocellulosics/wood are mostly considered as low-value energy sources. The success of growing biorefineries envisioned to help alleviate our dependence on fossil fuels relies largely on the complete utilization of lignocellulosics. This session will shed light on some possibilities in this area. This joint session presents recent developments in visualization and simulation tools for engaging communities and integrating big data in the design of smart, healthy, and energy-efficient built environments.
Sarah Ledford, Temple University
Evaluating controls on metabolism and nutrient processing in a WWTP-impacted urban stream
Ofei Mante, RTI International
Recovery of Lignin-derived Bioproducts from Biocrude
Lisa Iulo, Pennsylvania State University
Resilient Sustainable Buildings, Energy and Urban Communities
Aditi Bhaskar, Colorado State University
Effects of Watershed-scale Green Infrastructure on Stream Base Flow
Xianzhi Meng, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Structural Characterization of Co-Solvent Enhanced Lignocellulosic Fractionation Pretreated Lignin
Mina Rahimian, Pennsylvania State University
Community Microgrids: the Interconnection of Infrastructure, Superstructure, and Citizens
Laura Lautz, Syracuse University
Urban Stream Water Quality in Degraded Versus Natural Reaches
Aditi Nagardeolekar, SUNY-ESF
Lignin as a By-product of Hot-water Extraction: Potential Increase in the Value of Biorefineries Based on Angiosperms
Panel Discussion
Speakers from C.2 and C.3
Session Chair: Laura Lautz, Syracuse University Session Chair: Biljana Bujanovic, SUNY-ESF Session Chair: Tarek Rakha, Syracuse University
4:15 Transition to Symposium Reception and Student Poster Competition
4:30 – 6:30 Symposium Reception & Student Poster Competition @ SyracuseCoE Headquarters