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Curbing Global Warming Workshop

Hosted by Center for Environment and Energy

In October 2007, 70 multinational experts from the

United States, China and Africa came to CUA’s campus

for a two-day workshop organized by the new

CUA’s Center for Environment and Energy under

the direction ong>ofong> Frank H.P. Pao, Ph.D., prong>ofong>essor

ong>ofong> civil engineering. Participants — prong>ofong>essors

from Catholic University, Howard University, West

Kentucky University, West Virginia University, 10

experts from universities and institutions in China,

as well as representatives ong>ofong> governmental institutions

— addressed the topic ong>ofong> how to curb

global warming by carbon sequestration. They

were welcomed to CUA by Provost James Brennan,

Ph.D., and Dean Charles Nguyen, D.Sc.

The workshop focused on technology that

converts CO 2 from the flue gas ong>ofong> fossil fuel-fired

power plants into a water-soluble and carboncontaining

fertilizer, which ultimately leaches to

underground aquifers. There it eventually turns

into limestone, a stable form ong>ofong> carbon.

Considered an environmental “win-win” as it

removes carbon from the air and provides fertilizer,

this technology will help curb global warming

and benefit both developing countries that rely

heavily on agricultural production as well as

developed countries, says Pao, who co-chaired

the workshop with Jerry Shang, chief scientist for

the Center for Environment & Energy.

Among the financial supporters for the workshop

was America Global Association, Inc. ong>ofong> New

York, a trade and culture exchange company working

primarily with the United States and China. A

working group ong>ofong> multinational experts identified

at the workshop is undertaking efforts to further

develop this technology in both the United States

and China. A second international workshop will

be organized in the near future to report and

assess the progress ong>ofong> this new technology.

William Readdy

Talks ong>ofong> Astronaut

ong>Engineeringong>

Challenges

William Readdy, managing partner ong>ofong> Discovery

Partners International, LLC, visited the CUA

campus to speak with approximately 30

mechanical engineering students in December

2007. Sponsored by ASME, Readdy’s speech on

space flight through the years was informative

and socially engaging — the students shared

conversation and pizza with Readdy prior to the

presentation.

The former astronaut’s firsthand knowledge ong>ofong>

NASA and the technological challenges ong>ofong> space

flight gave students an insider’s perspective on

life as an astronaut, many ong>ofong> the engineering

challenges that are involved in space flight, and

the management ong>ofong> the U.S. space program.

Throughout the presentation Readdy took time to

give detailed answers to all ong>ofong> the students’

questions.

Readdy, a graduate ong>ofong> the United States Naval

Academy with a degree in aeronautical engineering,

earned his wings as a naval aviator. He

went on to become a Navy test pilot, serving as

the project test pilot on several programs. He

logged 7,000 flying hours in more than 60 types

ong>ofong> fixed wing aircraft and helicopters and more

than 550 carrier landings. He was selected as an

astronaut by NASA in 1987. He is a veteran pilot

astronaut with three space flights — STS-42

(Jan. 22–30, 1992), STS-51 (Sept. 12–22, 1993)

and STS-79 (Sept. 16–26, 1996) — and has

logged more than 650 hours in space. He subsequently

served as the first manager ong>ofong> the Space

Shuttle Program and the associate director ong>ofong>

space flight for NASA, overseeing the safe return

to flight after the loss ong>ofong> the Columbia.

Attendees ong>ofong> the Curbing Global Warming Workshop.

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