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A talk in two parts – (1) Critical materials and (2) Alternative career options

February 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The U.S. White House has set a target to achieve 50% to 52% reduction of greenhouse gas pollution by 2030, putting the U.S. on a path to achieve a 100% clean energy economy with net-zero emissions by 2050. In particular, the U.S. has put forward goals to deploy 30 GW of offshore wind power capacity and enable 50% adoption of electric vehicles by 2030. Critical materials are the building blocks of these clean energy technologies – such as rare earth elements in permanent magnets that enable high energy conversion in permanent magnet machines in electric vehicle and offshore wind turbine drivetrains. This talk will examine the role critical materials play in magnets for clean energy and national security technologies and the efforts the U.S. Department of Energy is pursuing to accelerate solutions to the challenges posed. Additionally, we will discuss alternative career options to the more typical routes of academia and industry post graduate school. Co-sponsored by: Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Speaker(s): Dr. Helena Khazdozian, Room: E3229, Bldg: East Engineering Building , 401 W Main Street, , Mechanical and Nuclear Engineer, Richmond , Virginia, United States, 23284

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