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03-18-2011

Dzombak to Speak at Clarkson University on Mitigating Climate Change

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Clarkson University’s Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering has announced that a Carnegie Mellon University professor will speak at Clarkson University early next month about engineering to mitigate climate change.

David DzombakDavid Dzombak, the Walter J. Blenko Sr. Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, will speak on “Geologic Sequestration of CO2: Evaluating and Monitoring Seal Rock Integrity” on Friday, April 1, at 3:30 p.m. in Clarkson’s Bertrand H. Snell Hall Room 213.

Dzombak is the third speaker in the New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship Series, which is dedicated to improving the understanding of important issues facing engineering and society in the 21st century.

The leading technology under development for management of CO2 separated and captured from large emission sources, such as electric power plants, is carbon capture and geologic sequestration (CCS). Worldwide, only a few large scale tests of CCS have been conducted. In the U.S., the Department of Energy has established seven regional partnership programs for large-scale testing of CCS, including evaluations of the rate of leakage from the storage reservoirs.

Dzombak’s talk will present an overview of CCS and the challenge of risk assessment in relation to deployment of the technology.

Dzombak is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a diplomat of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

His research interests include water chemistry, fate and transport of chemicals in surface and groundwater, wastewater treatment and reuse, contaminated soil and sediment  remediation, abandoned mine drainage remediation and geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide.

Read more about the in the New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship Series at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/view.php?id=2509 .

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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