Guest Speaker: Nobel laureate Stanford Prof. Sally M. Benson
Prof. Sally Benson is director of Global Climate & Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University. She is also a professor of energy resources engineering in Stanford's School of Earth Sciences and a lead principal investigator on the GCEP research program entitled, Multiphase Flow of CO2 and Water in Reservoir Rocks. She also leads the GCEP energy systems analysis team. Prof. Benson is a member of the American Geophysical Union, Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. She was awarded with Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, as one of the IPCC scientists researching climate change and Greenman Award in 2012 from the IEA Greenhouse Gas Control Program.
Prof. Benson was a convening lead author of the 2012 Global Energy Assessment and a coordinating lead author on the 2005 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on CO2 capture and storage.
Theme of her lecture was Net Energy Analysis, the basic Idea that takes energy to make, operate and dispose/recycle the devices/systems needed to produce energy over life cycle. Her point of view is for a device/system to be useful to the global energy system: Energy output should be maximized with respect to the total energy inputs.
Lecture by Prof. Sally Benson was well attended and well received by NUST faculty, students, interestingly overwhelming presence of industry, and leading local organizations personnel says for itself the attention she received amongst the audience. Overflowing presence of the audience in the SCME seminar hall was evident that has a capacity of 120 seats. Later on she was awarded NUST memorabilia, CES News Letter and souvenirs book on Pakistan and hand needle crafted colorful wooden mementos just to remind her of short and sweet visit to NUST and Pakistan.