Ben Schafer, the director of the Ralph O’Connor Sustainable Energy Institute’s (ROSEI), led a fascinating panel discussion at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab’s (APL) recently-held Research Frontiers Forum, which was focused on climate change and national security.

The panel, titled “Gamechangers – Green Force,” looked at climate goals that require the defense community to implement zero-emission technologies to replace and expand existing capabilities. It also explored the paradigm shifting research focused on decarbonizing energy, heavy industry, and chemical supply chains while enhancing force readiness.

“The panel was a great discussion that did deep dives into carbon and storage, two of ROSEI’s four research pillars,” Schafer said. “ROSEI has been excited to collaborate with APL, and this event was a reminder of how both groups are in sync with similar goals.”

Joining Schafer on the panel was:

  • Konstantinos Gerasopoulos, program manager, APL, and an associate researcher with ROSEI
  • Priyanka K. Hooghan, chief of staff, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, Department of Energy
  • Kate Pfeiffer, director, public sector strategy, Our Next Energy (ONE)
  • Avi Shultz, deputy director of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO)

You can click here to watch the entire discussion.

In addition to Schafer and Gerasopolous, other ROSEI affiliated researchers in attendance included Jeff Maranchi, a research program area manager and acting program manager for APL; Corey Oses, an assistant professor of materials science & engineering with the Whiting School of Engineering (WSE);  Yury Dvorkin, an associate professor of electrical & computer engineering and civil & systems engineering with WSE; and Sijia Geng, an assistant professor of electrical & computer engineering with WSE.