GreenTalk Speaker Series

Wednesdays Noon to 1:15 pm, ENG 189

Practicing engineers, scientists, and technical experts deliver up-to-date briefings on how engineers deal with environmental issues.

For questions please contact Barbara Murphy-Wesley, Coordinator GreenTalk Speaker Series, College of Engineering: barbara.murphywesley@sjsu.edu

Fall 2019

  • Sept 11

    Karen Koppett
    Samantha Greene

    Valley Water

    Water Conservation and Sustainability

    Reading:

    Principles of Environmental Science (Cunningham and Cunningham)
    Chapter 11 - Water

  • Sept 18

    Teresa Montgomery

    South San Francisco Scavenger Co.

    Waste Management and Recycling: Historical Perspective

    Reading:

    Principles of Environmental Science (Cunningham and Cunningham)
    Chapter 14 - Solid and Hazardous Waste

  • Sept 25

    Kristen Wonder

    SJSU Sustainability Manager

    Sustainability at San Jose State

    Reading:

    Principles of Environmental Science (Cunningham and Cunningham)
    Chapter 16 - Environmental Policy and Sustainability

  • Oct 2

    Monica Chen

    Factory Farms Awareness Coalition

    Environmental Impacts of Factory Farming

    Reading:

    Principles of Environmental Science (Cunningham and Cunningham)
    Chaoter 7 - Food and Agriculture

  • Oct 9

    Robert Bruce, lecturer

    SJSU Computer Engineering; inventor

    Electric Bike: A potential car replacement?

    Reading:

    Principles of Environmental Science (Cunningham and Cunningham)
    Chapter 15- Economics and Urbanization

  • Oct 16

    Thalia Anagnos, Ph.D.

    SJSU Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Education, Engineering Professor, and Earthquake Engineer

    Disaster and Recovery: Working Toward More Resilient Communities


    Recent earthquake and tsunami disasters (and fires) have once again exposed the challenges of creating resilient communities. One accepted definition of resilience is the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events. Creating resilience communities requires collaboration among individuals and government at the local, state, and national level to engage with science, technology, information gathering, finance, education, communication, and policy. This talk will discuss some of the current thinking and policies related to resilience and examples of efforts to rebuild more resilient communities as these communities recover from recent earthquakes.

    Reading:

    Principles of Environmental Science (Cunningham and Cunningham)
    Chapter 12 - Enviornmental Geology and Earth Resources

  • Oct 23

    Tom Zimmerman

    IBM Research

    Protecting Endangered Species - remote monitoring with Lensless 3D Microscope

    Reading:

    Principles of Environmental Science (Cunningham and Cunningham)
    Chapter 6 - Environmental Conservation

  • Oct 30

    Eugene Cordero

    Prof. Meteorology and Climate Science, SJSU

    Global Warming & Climate Change: What's an Engineer to do?

    Reading:

    Principles of Environmental Science (Cunningham and Cunningham)
    Chapter 9 - Climate; Chapter 13, Energy

  • Nov 6

    Julia Thompson, Ph.D., M.S., EPICS Instructor
    Keith Perry, M.S., M.B.A, Epics Instructor

    EPICS Student Representatives

    Student Environmental Projects designed to address real-world environmental problems

    The EPICS program takes global and local community organizations and partners them with students who have strong technical backgrounds. It is a national program that provides service-learning opportunities in the engineering curriculum. SJSU engineering students are giving back to the community and helping the environment too.

    Reading:

    Principles of Environmental Science (Cunningham and Cunningham)
    Chapter 16 — Environmental Policy and Sustainability

  • Nov 13

    Dr. Jerry Gao

    Professor, Computer Engineering

    Smart Cities

    More information coming soon.

    Reading:

    Principles of Environmental Science (Cunningham and Cunningham)
    Chapter 15- Economics and Urbanization