UT Science Forum: Governor’s Chair Speaks About Smart Electrical Grids

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KNOXVILLE — Is an improved electrical grid the best answer to growing energy needs? Is there a way to make America’s grid smarter?

Yilu Liu, an electrical engineering professor in the College of Engineering and the University of Tennessee – Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s fourth Governor’s Chair, will speak at the UT Science Forum on Friday, Oct. 22, on her research to develop the next generation of electrical power grids.

Her talk, “Monitoring of Smart Electrical Grids,” will begin at noon in Thompson-Boling Arena Dining Room C-D. The program is free and open to the public; attendees are welcome to bring their lunches or purchase lunch at the Café at the Arena.

Liu’s expertise is the development of new technology for monitoring and controlling the flow of energy through the national power grid. A progressive grid will move electrical energy more efficiently and effectively.

The UT Science Forum is a weekly event where academic, medical, and research professionals share their knowledge and unique insights in their fields. Different science topics will be discussed with a question-and-answer session at the end of each 40-minute presentation.

The UT Science Forum is sponsored by the UT Office of Research. Upcoming presentations include:

  • Oct. 29: Randall W. Gentry, director of the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment and associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, presents “Water Resources and Sustainability Science.”
  • Nov. 5: John Bell, medical doctor and director of the Cancer Institute at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, presents “Epidemiology of Women’s Cancer.”
  • Nov 12: Andy Kramer, professor and head of anthropology, presents “Teaching the ‘E’ Word in Tennessee: Student Misconceptions about Evolution.”
  • Nov 19: Jill Narak, assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery in the College of Veterinary Medicine, presents “Neurologic Exams on Dogs and Cats — Patients Who Can’t Talk.”

For questions about the UT Science Forum, contact Mark Littmann, littmann@utk.edu or 974-8156, or Mike Clark, clarkgmorph@utk.edu or 974-6006.

C O N T A C T :

Whitney Holmes (865-974-5460, wholmes7@utk.edu)

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