Events & Media: Edward Rubin

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara




"The Government Role in Fostering Technology Innovation
for Climate Change Mitigation"

Edward Rubin
Engineering and Public Policy;
Mechanical Engineering,
Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

Hosted by Steve Gaines

This talk will explore the role of government actions in fostering the technology innovations needed to address global climate change. Several key questions are addressed: What kinds of innovations are needed to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions? What do we know about the process of technology innovation? How do government actions influence that process? And, what types of policies can stimulate innovations that help mitigate climate change? The particular focus is on innovations in “environmental technologies” whose sole purpose is to reduce atmospheric emissions. Retrospective case studies are used to provide useful insights.

Dr. Rubin is the Alumni Chair Professor of Environmental Engineering and Science at Carnegie Mellon University, with a joint appointment in the departments of Engineering & Public Policy and Mechanical Engineering. He was the founding director of the university’s Center for Energy & Environmental Studies, and the Environmental Institute. He was a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a member of the recent US National Academies study of “America’s Climate Choices,” and a member of the “blue ribbon” advisory panel on CCS for the State of California. He is the author of a textbook and over 200 technical publications on energy and the environment, and the recipient of several teaching and research awards. Dr. Rubin received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the City College of New York and his MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University.

The Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitors Program on Climate Change allows the Bren School to attract international leaders in environmental policy, law, business, and science to enrich and expand the intellectual life of the Bren School community and share insight on issues critical to climate change. Activities of the visitors, who are in residence for periods ranging from one week to one quarter, include teaching short courses, offering public lectures, conducting seminars, and leading colloquia and symposia planned around their research, professional endeavors, or areas of expertise.

Dr. Rubin is the second of three Distinguished Visitors to spend time at the Bren School during the 2011-2012 academic year.


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