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Admiral McGinn to deliver Spring 2010 Pioneers in Energy Lecture

March 10, 2010

Retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn will deliver an address next month on the challenges of energy, climate change and national security as the Spring 2010 Purdue University Pioneers in Energy Lecture.

McGinn's lecture, titled "Energy, Climate Change and National Security: Challenges and Opportunities for America," is at 7 p.m. April 6 in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. His talk, sponsored by Discovery Park's Energy Center, is free and open to the public.

"Admiral McGinn is actively engaged in national forums, highlighting the link between energy and international security," said Jay Gore, the Reilly University Professor of Engineering and director of Purdue's Energy Center. "He has championed the need for innovative government policies, focused investments and effective deployment of technology to create a high-quality, sustainable global environment."

McGinn will discuss the need for the United States to develop a long-range, comprehensive policy for advancing and deploying clean energy technology. This, he said, will move the economy forward and help the nation confront the challenges of global climate change and energy insecurity.

"Our past pattern of energy use is responsible, in a significant way, for our present economic recession," he said. "Our current and projected energy posture constitutes a serious and urgent threat to national security -- militarily, diplomatically and economically. Without decisive action by our nation, fierce global competition, instability and conflict over dwindling supplies of fossil fuels and increasing global warming will be a major part of the future national security landscape."

McGinn serves as a director and strategic architect of the National Conference on Citizenship and as a senior policy adviser to the American Council on Renewable Energy. He also is a member of the Center for Naval Analysis Military Advisory Board and a senior fellow for international security at the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Admiral McGinn commanded the U.S. Third Fleet, which is responsible for 50 million square miles of the eastern Pacific Ocean. As its commander, he was recognized for leading great advances in operational innovation.

Led by Discovery Park's Energy Center, the Pioneers in Energy Lecture is designed to increase the understanding of specific energy challenges and to promote interactions with prominent scientists for building a stronger, interdisciplinary-driven Purdue energy research community across colleges and departments.

Purdue has hosted world-class speakers to discuss energy challenges in years, including a 2005 visit by Nobel Laureate Richard E. Smalley, who won the 1996 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Other Purdue speakers on energy were Salomon Levy, a National Academy of Engineering (NAE) member and president of S. Levy and Associates Inc.; and Lawrence L. Kazmerski, NAE member and director of the National Center for Photovoltaics at the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The 2009 Pioneers in Energy Lectures featured Michael Ramage, retired chief technology officer at Exxon Mobil and adviser to Purdue's Energy Center; Michael Ladisch, Purdue distinguished professor of agricultural and biological engineering; and Rakesh Agrawal, the Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue. All three are NAE members and contributors to various committees advising the nation on future energy policies.

Writers: Phillip Fiorini, 765-496-3133,               

Sources:   Jay Gore, 765-494-1610,
              Pankaj Sharma, 765-496-7452,

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