Research & Innovation | Spring 2014
In This Issue:
Notes From the Director
–Notes From The MEI Executive Director, Josh Campbell
Energy Research Op/Ed Contributions
–Mizzou Advantage and Energy Sustainability
–Energy Research at Missouri University of Science and Technology
–A Conversation on Bringing Plant Science Discoveries to the Marketplace
–Washington University in St. Louis: Investing in Our Global Energy FutureResources
–Energy Research Facts
–Missouri Energy Research Highlights
Energy Research Op/Ed
Mizzou Advantage and Sustainable Energy
Contributed by Cerry Klein, University of Missouri
Several years ago the University of Missouri (MU) identified four areas in which, as a university, there are significant strengths. The four areas are: One Health, Food for the Future, Media of the Future and Sustainable Energy. These four areas together in combination with an emphasis on interdisciplinary research comprise what is called Mizzou Advantage. Read on…
Energy Research at Missouri University of Science and Technology
Contributed by Angela B. Rolufs, Office of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engagement at Missouri University of Science and Technology
As Missouri’s premier technological research university, Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), is focused on performing cutting edge research and preparing today’s students to become tomorrow’s leaders. Fiscal Year 2013 proved to be a strong year for research at Missouri S&T with a total of 265 research proposals awarded at a dollar value of $51.5M. Read on…
A Conversation on Bringing Plant Science Technologies to the Marketplace
Contributed by Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Originally Appeared in Danforth 2013 Newsletter
RNA silencing technology is already being applied in crop plants to provide resistance against viruses and improve oil composition. Researchers are now advancing RNA silencing technology to deliver new products that improve yield and accelerate the ability for farmers to respond to changing growing conditions. For over a decade, new technologies like RNA silencing have been used to discover and investigate plant traits to improve crops. RNA silencing is a powerful tool used to understand how plants resist pests and diseases, produce valuable products and survive in diverse and changing environments. Read on…
Washington University in St. Louis: Investing In Our Global Energy Future
Contributed by Chad Henry, International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-Cares) Center
Washington University in St. Louis, like many of our partners across Missouri, is actively investing significant resources in energy related research. Much has, and is, being done in labs across the institution to improve current technologies, develop new energy sources, and consume energy more efficiently. Much of this is done collaboratively with researchers working with colleagues from other disciplines, in the labs of colleagues across the U.S., and with a wide array of international partners. Read on…
Missouri Energy Initiative is excited to announced that they have partnered with Cleantech Open to bring the organization and its opportunities for cleantech entrepreneurs to Missouri. Cleantech Open is a start up accelerator with an international reach with its primary goals being to find, fund, and foster clean tech start ups. Missouri Energy Initiative is hosting two workshops for start ups and potential mentors in both Kansas City and St. Louis. Justin Kaster, the co-founder and director of Midwest Cleantech Open will be there to answer questions and give application tips. If you are interested in learning more about Cleantech Open, cleantech entrepreneurial opportunities, or opportunities to mentor a cleantech start up, please attend one of these workshops.
The deadline for 2014 Cleantech Open is May 1st! Find more information about applying here.
Kansas City: April 10, 2014 from 1pm-3pm at the KC Regional Chamber. Register here.
St. Louis: April 28, 2014 from 1pm-3pm at Downtown T-Rex.Register here.
Notes from the Director
This edition of the MEI Energy Perspectives will provide you with insight into the research being done in Missouri as well as level of financial support for research in the United States. Please note that limited data enclosed within this newsletter is unfortunately older than we would like and will update it when it becomes available. This edition includes contributions from research institutions and projects from University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. The Missouri Energy Initiative strongly believes the complex problems we face in power generation, consumption, distribution, and storage require increased support for research and innovation and significant conversations on the opportunities and obstacles facing Missouri and the United States. Read on…
NOTES FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
This edition of the MEI Energy Perspectives will provide you with insight into the research being done in Missouri as well as level of financial support for research in the United States.
Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader
Missouri University of Science & Technology
Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader, Ph.D., is the 21st leader in Missouri S&T’s 144-year history, and is one of the few female engineers to ascend to the top leadership position of a college or university in the United States.
INTRODUCING NEW MEI BOARD MEMBERS
Clean Line Energy Partners
Mark Lawlor leads the development team fro the Grain Belt Express Clean Line for Clean Line Energy Partners.
The Doe Run Company
Chris Neaville is the Asset Development Director for The Doe Run Company based in St. Louis. Doe Run is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere.
ENERGY RESEARCH FACT SHEET
MCEC 2014 WINNERS
MCEC Teams Win $10,000 and a Chance to Compete at Regional Competition
On January 15, entrepreneurs across Missouri competed in the Missouri Clean Energy Challenge. The competition was held at the Ameren Headquarters in St. Louis with winners in two categories.
Save the date for the 2014 Midwest Energy Policy Conference in St. Louis