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DOE NETL Acting Director: Driving Next-Generation Fossil Energy Innovation

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Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201

Carnegie Mellon University

5000 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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The Carnegie Mellon University Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation Distinguished Lecture Series kicks off with a presentation from Sean Plasynski, acting director of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory. Plasynski's talk is titled, "Driving Next-Generation Fossil Energy Innovation."

Lunch will be available at 11:45 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.

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The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory that develops technological solutions to America’s energy challenges. For more than 100 years, NETL and its predecessor organizations have been recognized for innovation, discovery, development, and deployment of fossil fuel technologies that provide clean, reliable, and affordable energy.

NETL’s mission focuses on effective resource development, efficient energy conversion, and environmental sustainability. As DOE’s only government-owned and government-operated national laboratory dedicated to fossil energy research, NETL manages and implements an array of complex research and development programs. This talk will showcase the history of NETL, highlight ongoing technical work, and discuss the current priorities within the fossil energy programs that NETL implements for DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy.

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Sean Plasynski is the Acting Director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) of the Department of Energy (DOE). In this capacity, he manages the complete NETL complex, including delivery and execution of the Laboratory’s mission. Dr. Plasynski leads NETL’s national programs, in fossil energy and other DOE mission areas, with industry, universities, and national laboratories.

Over his 26-year career with NETL, Dr. Plasynski has held numerous management and technical positions, including Executive Director of the Technology Development & Integration center, Acting Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, Director of the Strategic Center of Coal, Director of the Office of Coal and Power R&D, and Sequestration Technology Manager. He has been involved in a wide spectrum of energy technology development, including advanced power and environmental systems, solids transport, biomass co-firing, and carbon capture and storage.

He holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business.

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The Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall is located on the west side of Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh campus between Hamerschlag Hall and the FMS building, and adjacent to the west wall of Wean Hall. Scott Hall is accessible from entrances in Wean Hall, on Hamerschlag Plaza, and on Hamerschlag Drive. See map. View this webpage for more details on the location of Scott Hall.


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