Carnegie Mellon Engineering

Washington Speaker Series: Overview

You are cordially invited to the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Speaker Series, an event sponsored by the College of Engineering that brings together business, government and research leaders.


Event Details


Natural Disasters & Terrorism: Strategies for Protecting Critical Services and Infrastructure

Moderator: M. Granger Morgan, Professor and Head of the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, and Director of the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation
Date: Thursday, May 30, 2013
Location: Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington D.C. 20008
Time: Reception 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Old Dining Room
Panel Discussion 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Crentz Dining Room
RSVP: Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 5:00 p.m. EST
Dress Code: Jackets and ties required for gentlemen, similar attire for ladies (no jeans, turtle neck shirts, athletic wear, or tennis shoes).



Natural Disasters & Terrorism: Strategies for Protecting Critical Services and Infrastructure

Washington Speakers Series GraphicThe U.S. power grid and infrastructure are vulnerable to natural disasters and terrorism, which could lead to massive blackouts and disruption of ancillary services. Electricity outages could last for weeks or months and have immense economic impacts, costing billions of dollars. Federal regulations created in the 1990s to promote industry competition have produced a heavily stressed network that's increasingly vulnerable. Modern technologies could limit the risk of outages and minimize harmful effects when outages occur. However, economic and other incentives are not driving the technical and institutional innovations needed in the electricity industry.

The panel's discussion will examine ideas for making the power grid and infrastructure less vulnerable to attacks and natural disasters, restoring power after major outages and keeping critical services operating until power is restored.


About the Washington Speaker Series

The Carnegie Mellon University Washington Speaker Series is a non-partisan forum designed to facilitate meaningful exchange among business, government and research leaders through an exploration of issues residing at the intersection of policy, technology and innovation. The Series is organized by the College of Engineering, recognized as one of the Top 10 engineering schools by U.S. News and World Report.

The College of Engineering is internationally recognized as a leader in education and research. Industry and academia value the school's graduates for their in-depth technical knowledge and innovative spirit. The faculty, all experts in their fields, continually push the boundaries of engineering research. Housed within the college are more than 19 major research centers that enable interdisciplinary research and allow the college to tackle the complex technical problems facing society. By collaborating with industry and government entities, the college makes important technological breakthroughs and transfers them to society.

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