Monday, January 27, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Dr. John Regalbuto at Science Cafe


Dr. John Regalbuto, of the University of South Carolina, joined us for October 8, 2013 to talk "Green Gasoline and U.S. Energy Independence" as part of Energy Action Month.


There is tremendous global interest focused on renewable fuel sources for transportation. Dr. John Regalbuto’s research is aimed at developing new catalysts for the production of hydrogen and alternative fuels from renewable sources for the transportation sector, of which he gave us plenty of insights in our October '13 installment of Science Cafe. 

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He joined the University of South Carolina (USC) from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Chemical Engineering, where he had been for 25 years. During that time, Dr. Regalbuto also served as Catalysis and Biocatalysis Program Director for the National Science Foundation, Directorate for Engineering, where he was intimately involved in the promotion of catalysis and biocatalysis for hydrocarbon biofuels.

Dr. Regalbuto has extensive industry experience. While on sabbatical leaves, he has worked with the Honeywell, Division of Catalysis and Separations and the UOP Research Center. He led Summer Faculty Research Programs at the Argonne National Laboratory and the University Methane Utilization Program at Amoco Oil Company. 

Dr. Regalbuto has been or is currently serving as a consultant to numerous organizations, including BP Chemical Company; the Korean Institute of Energy Research, Taejon, Korea; the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Vienna, Austria; Shell Chemical Company; and the Gas Research Institute, Chicago, Ill.

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In Case You Missed It: Dr. Jochen Lauterbach at Science Cafe


Dr. Jochen Lauterbach, the endowed chair in Strategic Approaches to the Generation of Electricity (SAGE) joined us December 10, 2013 to discuss the secret nanotechnology of our motor economy. 


Dr. Jochen Lauterbach discussed heterogeneous catalysis, the acceleration of chemical reactions using designed nano-materials. Four out of five of the top chemicals in the United States are made with heterogeneous catalysts, making it extremely important to chemical and energy industries. Specifically, Dr. Lauterbach will discuss how catalysis cleans our air, it's economic and environmental significance and how it's impacting the world's population.

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Dr. Jochen Lauterbach holds the SmartState Endowed Chair in the Center for Strategic Approaches to the Generation of Electricity (SAGE), one of six energy-related Centers of Economic Excellence at the University of South Carolina (USC) encompassing fuel cell, nuclear energy and fossil fuel technologies.

Dr. Lauterbach is working to reduce the harmful environmental effects of burning coal to produce electricity. Coal is currently the cheapest and most widely available energy source, and it will remain in use for several more decades at least. Stricter regulations on coal plant emissions have created a great need for research in this field, hence the demand for Dr. Lauterbach’s research.

Dr. Lauterbach is a highly recognized chemical engineer known for his expertise in using chemical engineering principles to solve industrial problems. Working closely with industry partners, he and his team are focused on improving environmental control technologies for coal power plants, including improving mercury and gas emission controls and developing new materials and processes to capture and store or find a use for carbon emissions.

His research has high-level support. Funders include the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as industries such as Ford Motor Co., Union Carbide, Mitsubishi Chemicals, Shell, and Toyota.

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In Case You Missed It: Dr. Gary Aston-Jones at Science Cafe


Dr. Gary Aston-Jones joines us January 14, 2014 to present "What Will You Do Next? Brain Norepinephrine & Goldilocks" for our first Science Cafe installment of 2014.


Dr. Aston-Jones is the William E. Murray SmartState Endowed Chair of Neuroscience at the Medical University of South Carolina, the Director of the Cognitive Neuro Center, and the Co-Director of the Neuroscience Institute. 

Brain mechanisms of motivation and cognitive processes are at the center of Dr. Gary Aston-Jones’ work, with particular emphasis on attentional deficits in certain mental disorders. Problems with brain attentional functions are believed to be behind conditions such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and autism. Dr. Aston-Jones discussed these brain mechanisms at Science Cafe.

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His research has led to a new drug treatment for ADD. Some of his other research efforts have applications for better determining the specific processes involved in learning, dementia, addiction and depression.
His Laboratory of Neuromodulation and Behavior “studies brain function at the level of neuronal circuits and systems that underlie specific behaviors. [His] main interests revolve around neuronal circuits that underlie motivated behavior and reward-based learning and memory. We have two major research programs that use a variety of techniques: addiction and cognitive neuroscience.”

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

EngenuitySC Hosts STEM Workforce Development Workshop

EngenuitySC hosted the second installment of the Columbia Regional Competitiveness Workshop Series at River Bluff High School on Wednesday, October 9. We brought together business leaders, educators, public officials, and parents to discuss the future of our knowledge-based workforce. 


We kicked off the event with a tour of the innovative facilities at the new River Bluff High School in Lexington to discuss what is being done today for the future STEM stakeholders. The tour was then followed by an engaging discussion on the current state, opportunities, and necessary future actions to make the Midlands a STEM hotspot. 

For those who attended the event, here is a recap and if you couldn't make it, this is what you missed:


For Parents, did you know that…….

  • over the next 5 years, our region will create over 12,000 new jobs requiring 2-yr degrees in STEM fields? See here for the projected numbers! http://www.slideshare.net/EngenuitySC/mtc-jobs-gap-presentation
  • the Michelin Technical Scholars program pays full tuition at Midlands Technical College and graduates from the program exhibit a 98% success rate in finding full time employment at Michelin? For more info visit: www.midlandstech.edu/michelin
  • Lexington School District 1 allows all  high school students to major in engineering and has built an advanced STEM Center for students who wish to focus their high school studies in these areas? See http://ltc.lexington1.net:8021/ for more info.
  • There are hundreds of events and resources in your district available through MEBA, aimed to help your children’s development?  Their resource guides can be found at http://www.mebasc.com/resources/parent-resource-guides/
  • Lower Richland High School has developed a STEM Academy, which focuses on both the core STEM subjects as much as on the soft skills desperately needed by employers? To find out more visit: http://www.engenuitysc.com/STEM
  • River Bluff High School’s modular scheduling system focuses on team collaboration in all STEM areas, which is especially helpful in developing core skills like teamwork and communication? Get more info here: http://rbhs.lexington1.net:8044/about-us/flexible-modular-scheduling/
  • IT-oLogy offers free Cyber Saturdays for middle school and high school students interested in learning how to develop apps and video games? Visit IT-oLogy to find out more http://it-ology.org/en/Events.aspx

For Business and Community Leaders, did you know that…..

  • Teachers desperately need working professionals in STEM fields involved in their classrooms and that MEBA offers a speakers bureau that you and your staff can easily join? Interested? See here to find out more http://www.mebasc.com/programs/educators/speakers-guide/
  • Most parents and students don’t know what advanced manufacturing jobs look like and that schools desperately need companies to open their doors to show parents and students what a modern facility looks like?  If you’re willing to help our students and parents learn what 21st century manufacturing is really like, reach out to your school district office and open your doors to students.
  • Michelin, through its Technical Scholars program, is collaborating with academia to develop a workforce of skilled technicians who possess today's most critical skills? To learn more about Michelin Technical Scholars, click here or contact Michelin Hiring Manager Randy Crutfield (randy.crutfield@us.michelin.com)  

For Educators, did you know that….

  • Many regional employers note that a strong STEM education will get your students jobs, but that they’ll lose them without the soft skills (teamwork, communication, punctuality) needed to keep them?  Click here to see what Lower Richland and River Bluff High Schools are doing to address this: www.engenuitysc.com/STEM and http://rbhs.lexington1.net:8044/about-us/flexible-modular-scheduling/
  • Michelin needs to grow its workforce and get more students involved in their Technical Scholars Program and that they need greater visibility from you to help make this happen?
  • Parents, students, and guidance counselors need a better understanding of opportunities of a 2-year degree?  If you need info on these see MEBA online http://www.mebasc.com/programs/educators/

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Green Gasoline and U.S Energy Independence with Dr. John Regalbuto



Join us at Science Cafe
EngenuitySC's popular networking event and lecture series continues this October, venturing into a new field of expertise. We would like to introduce our speaker, Dr. John Regalbuto! Read all about Dr. Regalbuto below. 

Join us for our latest installment of the series where Dr. Regalbuto will talk green gasoline and U.S. energy independence. 

Come grab a drink in one of our smart-looking Science Cafe pint glasses, and mix and mingle with fellow science-oriented Columbians. Get excited, get your questions, and join us!



When and Where
Featuring
Dr. John Regalbuto
SmartState Endowed Chair of Catalysis in Renewable Fuels, Professor and Director of the new Energy Leadership Institute (ELI)
University of South Carolina

When
Tuesday, October 8th
6:00pm-7:30pm

Where
Speakeasy
711 Saluda Ave. Columbia, SC 29205

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Dr. John Regalbuto, SmartState Endowed Chair of Catalysis in Renewable Fuels, Professor and Director of the new Energy Leadership Institute (ELI) at the University of South Carolina, Former Catalysis and Biocatalysis Program Director for the National Science Foundation

There is tremendous global interest focused on renewable fuel sources for transportation. Dr. John Regalbuto’s research is aimed at developing new catalysts for the production of hydrogen and alternative fuels from renewable sources for the transportation sector

He joined the University of South Carolina (USC) from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Chemical Engineering, where he had been for 25 years. During that time, Dr. Regalbuto also served as Catalysis and Biocatalysis Program Director for the National Science Foundation, Directorate for Engineering, where he was intimately involved in the promotion of catalysis and biocatalysis for hydrocarbon biofuels.

Dr. Regalbuto has extensive industry experience. While on sabbatical leaves, he has worked with the Honeywell, Division of Catalysis and Separations and the UOP Research Center. He led Summer Faculty Research Programs at the Argonne National Laboratory and the University Methane Utilization Program at Amoco Oil Company. 

Dr. Regalbuto has been or is currently serving as a consultant to numerous organizations, including BP Chemical Company; the Korean Institute of Energy Research, Taejon, Korea; the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Vienna, Austria; Shell Chemical Company; and the Gas Research Institute, Chicago, Ill.  Read more of Dr. Regalbuto's bio here 

Learn more about Dr. Schaefer's background and register for the event at engenuitysc.com/sciencecafe.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Public Works of HeART Kicks Off First Campaign

Ignite! 2012 winner, Public Works of HeART, has kicked off their first mural crowd-funding campaign, giving some Gamecock spirit to a local water tower while feeding the hungry.


The target of the first mural campaign? An eye sore of a water tower located next to the Gamecocks new golf facility in Cayce. The plans for the mural are to display an attractive mural of a Gamecock golf player silhouette along with signage for the location. The mural can be viewed all around the area along with flights coming into the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Not only will this campaign bring recognition to the University of South Carolina and solve an eye sore problem, but will also raise money for a great cause. The project is funded by crowd-sourcing, where people can purchase two square-feet of mural for $25. A portion of the proceeds will then be donated to the Harvest Hope Food Bank, with the potential of donating a total of $50,000. 

The initiative launched on September 23, and has already received attention from local news outlets such as WISTV and the Daily Gamecock.

Innovative, multi-faceted ideas such as this are exactly what Ignite! - EngenuitySC's annual knowledge economy celebration - is all about. The creation and advancement of ideas like Public Works of HeART are vital to the success of Columbia and the Midlands region. 

If you have an innovative idea and want to bring it to fruition to help our community, we encourage you to enter the Ignite! 2013 Ideas Contest. Three finalists will present their ideas to an audience of 500 at Ignite! 2013 and will be voted on to win $5,000 for the execution of their idea. Now solidify your plan, pitch it, and good luck! 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Innovative Start-Ups are Choosing Urban Lofts Over the Traditional Suburban Business Park

Research has shown an immense geographical shift of start-up activity from suburban parks to urban lofts, which should be considered in any urban planning. 


Recent studies by economist Richard Florida have shown, time and time again, that the innovative thinkers behind today's successful start-ups are moving to urban centers. Throughout the later stages of the 20th century, many of the nation's largest start-ups, including the ranks of Apple and Microsoft, started in "low-rise office parks just off highway interchanges." 

However, the modern start-up techie wants to be surrounded by inspiration and collaboration in an exciting and fast-paced lifestyle, guiding them towards more urban spaces. The benefits of these moves can be viewed in the increased opportunities for partnership, investors, and modern way of life. 

This trend has been viewed over the past 5-10 years throughout the nation, so what can we do to continue to develop Columbia as a start-up hot spot? We have resources in place, like our friends at CETi, the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator, and even have space at SOCO, but what can we do to continue this trend and growth in Columbia?

Trends and growth like this are greatly considered with the efforts of the Columbia Regional Competitiveness Initiative (CRCI). We must look at current and future trends to continue bringing Columbia to the forefront of competitiveness in the region and the nation, and adapting to trends such as this can only help the business environment of Columbia. CRCI is in it to win it, and this is just one of the approaches. 

If you want to read the full article on this start-up trend by economist Richard Florida, read it here