2015 Symposium Program

2015 SyracuseCoE Symposium

November 9, 2015 at SyracuseCoE Headquarters
November 10, 2015 at Crowne Plaza Hotel

View the 2015 SyracuseCoE Symposium Program PDF.

The information in the following program is tentative and subject to change.

Monday, November 9th – SyracuseCoE HQ

5:00 – 7:00 PM Student Poster Viewing and Reception


Tuesday, November 10th, Crowne Plaza

8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 Welcomes and Introductions, LaFayette Room

Ed Bogucz, Executive Director, SyracuseCoE and Associate Professor, Syracuse University

9:15 Keynote Presentation
Envisioning New York’s Clean Energy FutureJanet Joseph, Vice President for Innovation and Strategy, NYSERDAIntroduction by Shere Abbott, Vice President for Sustainability Initiatives and University Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy, Syracuse University
10:15 Break and Networking    
Session 1 Pompey Room Camillus Room Skaneateles Room
A.1 Combustion Technologies B.1 Energy Efficient Approach to Improving IAQ C.1 Opportunity | Crisis: Adding Microgrids to Public Urban Infrastructure
10:30 Over 80% of our energy comes from technologies that depend on combustion of conventional and alternative fuels. This session is focused on combustion research that will yield tools that can facilitate the design of combustion systems that are characterized by higher energy conversion efficiencies and lower emissions. Low energy buildings are more air-tight and highly insulated, but they have less margin for IAQ variations. This session discuss various approaches to improve IAQ through source reduction, ventilation, air cleaning, demand-based predictive controls, while achieving high building energy efficiency. Public infrastructure in older urban neighborhoods includes both urgently needed repairs and innovative additions, all within public rights-of-way, spaces crowded above and below ground and home to many competing uses, such as all-weather transportation and street life. Dialogue and synergy between these many interests are crucial to financially feasible plans to make urban neighborhoods vibrant and attractive places to live and work.
Combustion Chemistry Research in Support of Advanced Combustion Technology

Ben Akih-Kumgeh, Assistant Professor, Syracuse University

Integrated IAQ Strategies via Source Control, Ventilation and Air Purification

Jensen Zhang, Professor, Syracuse University

Cultivating Perception of Urban Infrastructure

Susan Dieterlen, Research Assistant Professor, Syracuse University

Combustor Operability Issues in Low-NOx Gas Turbine Engines

Jacqueline O’Connor, Assistant Professor, Pennsylvannia State University

Synergistic Integration of a CO2 and Detection Sensor Network for Healthy and Sustainable Building Operation in a Low Energy Building

Kwang Hoon Han, Assistant Research Professor, Syracuse University

Urban Water Management: Can Green Infrastructure Help?

Cliff Davidson, Thomas C. and Colleen L. Wilmot Professor of Engineering, Syracuse University

Technological Challenges and Advances in Forced Ignition Systems

Nathan Peters, PhD Student, Syracuse University

Getting to Net-zero without Stinkin’ up the Joint: Long Term Air Quality Monitoring in a Net-zero Energy Home

Dustin Poppendieck, Environmental Engineer, NIST

Infrastructure Innovation in Syracuse

Sam Edelstein, Analytics Coordinator, Office of Innovation for the City of Syracuse

Session Chair: Ben Akih-Kumgeh Session Chair: Jensen Zhang Session Chair: Susan Dieterlen
11:45 Lunch

Keynote Presentation
A National Perspective on Energy Technologies and Research Opportunities

Chioke Harris, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy

Lightning Talks by Student Poster Competition Winners

Session 2 Pompey Room Camillus Room Skaneateles Room
A.2 SUNY-ESF Biofuels Pilot Plant B.2 Distributed Environmental Controls C.2 Sustainable Urban Mobility: Unlocking the Power of Walkable Cities
1:15 PM The SUNY-ESF Biofuels Pilot Plant at SyracuseCoE can produce next generation bio-based fuels derived from renewable resources such as locally grown woody feedstocks including planation-grown willow, switchgrass, and forest-based biomass. This session will describe the capabilities of the Biofuels Pilot Plant and the experiences of current users. A new paradigm in building HVAC is emerging in which individual building occupants are given the means to condition their personal micro environment via the use of distributed personal environmental control systems (PECS) to improve occupant satisfaction and decrease energy consumption. This session includes three papers addressing the benefits and challenges of using PECS in commercial buildings. This session will discuss the principles of designing built environments that promote human-powered mobility as a clean and efficient mode of transportation. It will also present the current status and future trajectories of these forms of transportation in the context of Downtown Syracuse and the Hotel Syracuse.
New Forrest Economy (and The Role the SyracuseCoE Biofuels Pilot Plan)

Tom Amidon, Professor, SUNY-ESF

Personalized Environmental Control Systems: PECS

H. Ezzat Khalifa, NYSTAR Distinguished Professor, Syracuse University

Introduction to Placemaking

Heather Schroeder, Economic Development Program Manager, Downtown Committee of Syracuse

Using the SyracuseCoE Biofuels Pilot Plant: The Path Forward

Bhavin Bhayani, President, Avatar Sustainable Technologies

Distributed Demand-controlled Ventilation

Dustin Demetriou, Development Engineer, IBM

The Visitor Experience

David Holder, President, Visit Syracuse

800L Biofuels Fermenter Capabilities

Susuma Ikuta, Visiting Professor, SUNY-ESF

Energy and Comfort Optimization in
Occupant-controlled Offices Can Isik, Professor, Syracuse University
Conceptual Design

Steve Breitzka,Managing Landscape Architect, Environmental Design & Research, D.P.C.

    Designing for Pedestrian Comfort

Tarek Rakha, Assistant Professor, Syracuse University School of Architecture

Session Chair: Tom Amidon Session Chair: H. Ezzat Khalifa Session Chair: Tarek Rakha
2:30 Break and Networking
  A.3 Energy-Efficient, Environmentally-Friendly Thermochemical Systems B.3 Energy Efficiency Innovations in Data Centers C.3 Integrating Distributed Renewables Into the Grid: Market, Policy, and Engineering Perspectives
2:45 Introduction of efficient and environmentally-friendly systems into the heating and/or power generation applications has an enormous impact on fuel savings and greenhouse gas emissions reduction. This session discusses the research, development and demonstration of these systems and a common challenge of dealing with them.  Energy costs are the fastest-rising expense for today’s data centers. This session will explore innovative data center technologies and best practices to increase energy efficiency for the growing market. As the use of renewable energy generation increases, the power grid has experienced several challenges to integrate these new resources. This panel will discuss the challenges and solutions from the perspective of the market, policy factors, and engineering needs.
Resilient Residential Furnace/ Boiler with Flame-assisted Fuel Cell (RRF FFC)

Ryan Milacarek, PhD Student, Syracuse University

Liquid Cooling Performance Capabilities, Implementation and Emerging Data Center Trends

Dustin Demetriou, Development Engineer, IBM

Distribution System Management via Demand Response

Peter Cappers, Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Hydronic Design and Control Strategies for Condensing Boilers

Shaun Turner, Applications Engineer, Fulton

Ramifications of Containment Solution on IT Availability in Data Centers

Husam Alissa, PhD Student, Binghamton University

Impacts of Distributed Renewables on the Bulk Power System

Sara Eftekharnejad, Assistant Professor, Syracuse University

Praxair’s Ceramic Membrane based Modular Syngas Technology

Ines Stuckert, Development Specialist, Praxair

CRAH Bypass in Contained-Aisle, Air-cooled Data Centers

H. Ezzat Khalifa, NYSTAR Distinguished Professor, Syracuse University

Regulatory Issues Raised by the Changing Relationship Between the Distribution System and the Bulk Power Grid

Rebecca Slayton, Assistant Professor, Cornell University

  Powering Data Centers of the Future

Roger Schmidt, Traugott Distinguished Professor, Syracuse University

Utility Adoption of Smart Grid Technologies and Big Data

Jason Dedrick, Professor, Syracuse University

Session Chair: Jeongmin Ahn Session Chair: Roger Schmidt Session Chair: Jason Dedrick
4:15 Closing Panel
Clean Energy Opportunities: From Market to LabIan Shapiro, Chairman, Taitem EngineeringChioke Harris, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy
Panel Moderated byEd Bogucz, Executive Director, SyracuseCoE and Associate Professor, Syracuse UniversityChris Gorman, Community and Customer Management, National Grid
5:00PM Program close & No-Host Happy Hour at the Library Lounge, Crowne Plaza Hotel