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AY 2014-2015 WISER/Galvin Lecture Series

Joint Seminar

Hosted by

IIT Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Co-sponsored by

IIT Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research
Chicago Council on Science and Technology

Wednesday, February 11 | 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
(Light refreshments will be served at 2:45 pm)
Perlstein Hall Auditorium - Room 131
Illinois Institute of Technology
10 W. 33rd Street
Chicago, Illinois 60616

"Should America Launch a Major Push into Solar Energy?"

Philip Dowd
Founder and Senior Executive
SunGard Data Systems


Many Americans want to start now to develop alternatives to burning fossilized carbon.  Solar energy is one of those options.  This presentation will provide a back-of-the-envelope analysis of what it would take to power the entire U.S. economy with solar energy.  

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Capture the Sun & Power America with Solar: Is There a Business Case?


Philip Dowd is retired founder and senior executive of SunGard Data Systems, a large specialized provider of software and processing solutions for financial services, higher education, and the public sector. He received a B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Currently a trustee at Carnegie Mellon University, Dowd is an active philanthropist in the Chicago area, and an avid golfer and sailor.

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