Accession Number : ADA427367


Title :   Materials for Energy Conversion and Environmental Protection


Descriptive Note : Final Project rept. 25 Sep 2003-24 Sep 2004


Corporate Author : NORTHWESTERN UNIV EVANSTON IL MATERIALS RESEARCH CENTER


Personal Author(s) : Chang, R P ; Moncel, Jennifer


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a427367.pdf


Report Date : 13 Oct 2004


Pagination or Media Count : 39


Abstract : The Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) on Materials for Energy Conversion and Environmental Protection was held October 20-29, 2003 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event welcomed twenty distinguished lecturers and forty graduate and post-doctoral students, half from the US (including Puerto Rico) and half from outside the US (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Panama, and Venezuela.) Eight Pan-American student research groups were formed, each with a clearly defined plan to perform collaborative research on a topic related to Fuel Cells and Catalysis for Emissions Control. The innovative program maximized interactive learning. Students were assigned into international teams of five, each led by a US co-leader and a Pan-American co-leader. Teams made contact before the PASI to identify potential research topics based on their common interests. Lecturers from industry, academia, and government mentored the students, helping them set goals, make budgets, and plan effective use of facilities. One-hour technical and policy lectures were followed by 30 minute question- and-answer periods. Each afternoon, students met with lecturers during 90-minute roundtable discussions. Students made their presentations and received feedback regarding project feasibility, budget planning, challenges, and additional methods of approach. Students are currently seeking funding for their proposed collaborative research.


Descriptors :   *ENERGY CONVERSION , *ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION , *FUEL CELLS , *EMISSION CONTROL , INDUSTRIES , STUDENTS , INTERACTIONS , CANADA , TEAMS(PERSONNEL) , FEASIBILITY STUDIES , CATALYSIS , INTERNATIONAL , BUDGETS , PERU , ARGENTINA , BRAZIL , PANAMA , MEXICO , CHILE , PUERTO RICO , BOLIVIA


Subject Categories : Non-electrical Energy Conversion
      Air Pollution and Control


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE