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Vanderbilt researchers, students part of inaugural SEC symposium on renewable energy

Posted by on Thursday, February 14, 2013 in Energy, Events, News, Research.

Two Vanderbilt professors were chosen among energy experts from the Southeastern Conference’s 14 universities, industry and government to address renewable energy topics at the inaugural SEC Symposium, “Impact of the Southeast in the World’s Renewable Energy Future” in Atlanta Feb. 10-12. Vanderbilt’s Aerospace Club represented the university in the SEC showcase.

The first-ever symposium is a component of the SEC’s academic consortium of university presidents and chancellors – SECU – which promotes the academic achievements of the league’s universities.

The idea for the inaugural SEC Symposium originated with Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, who is the current vice president of the SEC Executive Committee and SECU liaison. Zeppos said the league symposium “is an outstanding way to showcase the academic accomplishments and research efforts of our SEC institutions.” “It’s transformative to bring together the best and brightest minds from our member institutions to connect ideas with solutions to provide answers to the fundamental challenges facing our world,” Zeppos said.


Led by the University of Georgia and its Bioenergy Systems Research Institute, the symposium featured a wide variety of presentations from faculty representing each of the 14 SEC institutions, an SEC university showcase, poster exhibitions and a reception with the SEC presidents, chancellors and provosts.

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