2020 WISER Distinguished Lectureship Series



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NOTICE: The WISER Distinguished Lectureship scheduled for Wed., April 15 featuring Prof. Maria Zuber has been canceled.

WISER - 2020 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, April 15 | 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
(Light refreshments to follow lecture.)
Perlstein Hall Auditorium - Room 131
(Overflow seating will be available in Perlstein Hall Room 108  if necessary.)
Illinois Institute of Technology
10 W. 33rd Street
Chicago, Illinois 60616

Presented by

WISER - Maria Zuber
Maria T. Zuber, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

National Academy of Sciences
American Philosophical Society

American Academy of Arts and Sciences
American Association for the Advancement of
Geological Society
American Geophysical Union

Gerard P. Kuiper Prize, Division for Planetary 
   Sciences, American Astronomical Society


Climate change is increasingly recognized as one of the most serious challenges facing humanity in this century. Because climate change is largely driven by the use of carbon-emitting fossil fuels that are an integral part of the modern economy, solving the climate crisis will require rapid development and deployment of new energy sources and new methods of removing carbon from the atmosphere. Doing this will require major investments of risk capital. Furthermore, to be successful, any set of climate solutions must also be consistent with an economic transition that provides opportunities to workers and communities affected by the winding down of carbon-intensive industries and practices. The combined efforts of the academic and investment worlds will be critical to limiting the rise in Earth’s temperature to a sustainable level.


Peg Murphy, murphym@iit.edu, 312.567.6881
Delores Woods, dwoods11@iit.edu, 312.567.3041


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