2019 Distinguished Lectureship Series


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2019 Lectures Event
Co-sponsored by

Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER)


Armour College of Engineering Departments of:
--Chemical and Biological Engineering
--Civil and Architectural Engineering
--Electrical and Computer Engineering
--Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering


Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST)


Wednesday, February 27 | 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
(Light refreshments to follow lecture.)
Perlstein Hall Auditorium - Room 131
(Overflow seating will be available if necessary.)
Illinois Institute of Technology
10 W. 33rd Street
Chicago, Illinois 60616

Presented by

WISER - Leadership 2019 Doug Arent
Douglas J. Arent
Deputy Associate Lab Director
Scientific Computing and Energy Analysis
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)


Digitalization, data sets, computing, technology, and analytics are all rapidly advancing. Our energy analytics approach and collective tool kit of models and capabilities have advanced considerably over the past decades.   Today, we are at yet another precipice of change, with exponential increases in data availability, advanced analytics, and scalable computing power. The presentation will highlight new and emerging capabilities that offer us new, unprecedented capabilities for robust insights for scientific research, energy economics, planning, infrastructure, and related decisions.


As deputy, Dr. Douglas Arent supports integrating the Scientific Computing and Energy Analysis (SCEA) directorate’s cross-cutting technical capabilities and will bolster the strategic positioning and growth of the entire laboratory.

In addition to his NREL responsibilities, Dr. Arent is Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, serves on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Steering Committee on Social Science and the Alternative Energy Future, is a member of the National Research Council Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), and the Keystone Energy Board. Dr. Arent is the Editor-in-Chief of Renewable Energy Focus and Associate Editor of Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews journal. Dr. Arent serves on the World Economic Forum Future of Electricity Working Group, and is a member of the International Advisory Board for Energy Policy journal and Energy Academy Europe.

Dr. Arent was a Coordinating Lead Author for the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has been a member of the Policy Subcommittee of the National Petroleum Council Study on Prudent Development of North America Natural Gas and Oil Resources, served from 2008 to 2010 on the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change, and also served on the Executive Council of the U.S. Association of Energy Economists.

His research interests are centered in energy and sustainability, where he has been active for more than 30 years. He has published extensively on topics of clean energy, renewable energy, power systems, natural gas, and the intersection of science and public policy. Dr. Arent holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University, an MBA from Regis University, and a bachelor of science degree from Harvey Mudd College in California.

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