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Hager to Speak on ‘Energy Technology Alternatives in Changing Times’

Mar 11, 2008

Dr. Joseph Hager, director for technology transfer programs at the Edison Materials Technology Center (EMTEC), will speak on "Energy Technology Alternatives in Changing Times" as part of the Ohio Northern University's Spotts Lecture Series in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26.

The event is free and open to the public.

Hager will review current energy issues and will focus on the types of alternative energy technologies that may become practical in Ohio in the future. He also will compare the relative merits of solar, wind, biodiesel, ethanol, gasification and fuel cells with current energy production methods.

Hager holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering and a master of science in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in materials science from the University of Florida. He has more than 30 years experience in materials technology as a bench-level scientist, educator, program manager, the founder and operator of a technology development business, and a consultant to materials technology businesses.

As the founder of his own technology development business, Hager was successful in writing and executing multiple small business innovation research (SBIR/STTR) grants. Serving as EMTEC's director of technology transfer programs, he is co-located at the Air Force Research Laboratory as an expert in advanced materials technology and emerging alternative energy conversion technologies such as geothermal, solar, wind, biomass and fuel cells.

Hager's current technical interest is in deriving energy from biomass, including the conversion of algae into biodiesel. At the Cincinnati Zoo, Hager is assessing the conversion of "Zoo Poo" into energy to offset facilities costs.

The Spotts Lecture series was established to bring distinguished speakers to ONU on an annual basis to alert students to the probable professional conditions and challenges that engineers and computer scientists will face in the future.