2009.03.09 > For Immediate Release
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Solar Energy Advocacy Group Welcomes International Educator in April
Omaha – The Nebraska Solar Energy Society (NSES), whose Web site is housed at the College of Engineering at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha, will host several awareness events in April throughout Omaha and Lincoln in conjunction with Earth Day.
Started in the 1970s by Dr. Bing Chen of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the NSES represents individuals interested in studying and applying solar energy principles, as well as providing ongoing educational opportunities for its members and the general public. Dr. Chen is the project coordinator of a faculty research team which operates the Solar Energy Research Test Facility (located on UNO's Allwine Prairie near Bennington, Neb.) to study renewable energy strategies to reduce energy consumption in residential and commercial buildings.
The NSES will welcome Dr. Richard Komp, an international solar energy expert who holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and a minor in physics. He has conducted ongoing research on solar panels since 1960 and lives in an off-gride home he designed and built in Maine.
Dr. Komp travels internationally teaching solar energy education through Skyheat Associates. He is president of the Main Solar Energy Society and has written for a number of publications. Dr. Komp is a visiting professor at the University of Nicaragua, where he teaches electrical engineering and architecture. He is also a visiting professional at the National Institute of Engineering in Mysore, India, where he is a thesis advisor for seniors researching a variety of solar energy projects.
The main goals of the NSES include: Teach solar energy principles to the next generation; teach the teachers program; network greater Nebraska; sponsor short green lectures to politicians and political groups; and develop a small passive solar home educational center.
For more information on these and other NSES events, visit http://ceen.unomaha.edu/nses/ or contact Michael Shonka at mshonka@ qwest.net or (402) 590-5900.
Dr. Komp’s event schedule while in Nebraska is as follows.
Monday, April 13
Public lecture: Humanitarian Outreach with Solar Energy
First United Methodist Church (7020 Cass St.)
Tuesday, April 14
Public lecture: The Pizza Shoppe and Pub (6056 Maple St.)
Friday, April 17
Reception for engineers and architects, discussion following
University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, Room 252
Saturday, April 18
Earth Day Omaha, Elmwood Park
Sunday, April 19
Earth Day Lincoln, East UNL campus
Tuesday, April 21
Noon and 1 p.m.
Two, one-hour “edutainment” lectures at the UNO Milo Bail Student Center, hosted by UNO’s Maverick Productions
7 -9 p.m.
Public lecture at El Museo Latino (4701 S 25th St.)
Wednesday, April 22
Progressive Omaha Film Group, McFoster’s Natural Kind Café (302 S. 38th St.)
Thursday, April 23
Public lecture at King Science Center (3720 Florence Blvd.), with Omaha Astronomy Club for viewing on football field after lecture
Friday, April 24
Public lecture at Lewis and Clark Jr. High School (6901 Burt St.)
Saturday, April 25
Energy education seminar and public outreach at Beveridge Magnet Center (1616 S. 120th St.)
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UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.
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