2010 HMC Mathematics Conference on the Mathematics of Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology

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Friday–Saturday, January 29–30, 2010
Department of Mathematics
Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, California

General Information

The Department of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College will host the eleventh annual Harvey Mudd College Mathematics Conference (previously known as the Mt. Baldy Mathematics Conference) on Friday & Saturday, January 29–30, 2010.

The theme of this year's conference is The Mathematics of Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology.

On Friday night, we will have a panel of researchers from the Claremont Colleges and representatives from environmental groups in Claremont. On Saturday, we will have four speakers from a variety of disciplines who will pose problems and challenges of interest to the mathematics community. This collection of talks from the perspective of mathematics, engineering, physics, and atmospheric science will provide an overview of the cutting edge of research in energy and sustainability. A poster session will provide an opportunity for participants, including undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to share their research with attendees.

The conference is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, the Claremont Center for the Mathematical Sciences (CCMS), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The organizer is Rachel Levy.

Conference Poster

2010 poster image.Please feel free to download our Conference Poster, print it, and display it at your institution.

Speakers & Events

Panels and talks will take place at 7:00 PM on Friday, January 29, 2010, and from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Saturday, January 30, 2010, in the Galileo Halls at Harvey Mudd College.

Friday, January 29

7:00 PM
Opening Panel: Forum on Research and Organizational Efforts in Sustainability and Green Technology (abstract)
Dan Davids
HMC Alumnus and President of Plug In America
Jeffrey Byron
Commissioner of the California Energy Commission
Devon Hartman
Co-founder, HartmanBaldwin Design/Build
Freeman Allen
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Pomona College, and Representative from Sustainable Claremont
Richard Elderkin
Professor of Mathematics, Pomona College
Richard Haskell
Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for Environmental Studies, Harvey Mudd College
Examples of questions that will be addressed:
  1. Given a limited amount of resources to invest in sustainability (such as time and money), what are the most important ways to spend them? For example, if you wanted to donate $1000 or $1,000,000? Or if you wanted to volunteer 3 hours per month?
  2. If you are a student, what are the most important things you can do to prepare yourself for a career in sustainability and green technology?
  3. What are some of the most exciting cutting edge developments happening now?
  4. What are the most important behaviors people should engage in to help sustainability efforts (recycling, water conservation, less driving, buy local...)?

Saturday, January 30

8:45 AM
9:15 AM
Welcome and introductory remarks (Galileo Hall)
9:30 AM
Harry Atwater (California Institute of Technology)
Light–Matter Interactions for Solar Energy Conversion. (abstract | video)
10:30 AM
Poster session and refreshments
11:00 AM
Ken Golden (University of Utah)
Climate Change and the Mathematics of Transport in Sea Ice. (abstract | video)
12:00 PM
1:30 PM
Julie Lundquist (University of Colorado at Boulder)
Harnessing the Power of the Wind. (abstract | video)
2:30 PM
Poster session and refreshments
3:00 PM
Ron Lloyd (Fat Spaniel Technologies)
Modeling Problems in the Green Economy. (abstract | video)
4:00 PM
Closing remarks.