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NPRE 596 Graduate Seminar Series - Kevin O'Brien

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NPRE 596 Graduate Seminar Series
2100 Sidney Lu Mechanical Engineering Building, 1206 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL
Nov 7, 2023   4:00 - 4:50 pm  
Prof. Kevin C. O'Brien, Director, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), Director Illinois State Water Survey, (ISWS), Research Affiliate, Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering (NPRE)
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Bio: Kevin OBrien, Ph.D., is the Director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) and Director of the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS). These organizations are dedicated to the use of energy and water resources in a sustainable fashion to drive economic development. One of the major focuses of ISTC has been on capturing and utilizing carbon emissions from power plants and industrial sources. Dr. OBrien is the Principal Investigator (PI) for the largest capture FEED study in the world and the largest capture pilot in the world (now at a build/operate phase). He also leads the 21st Century Power Plant project – a project that combines capture, utilization, and energy storage. Dr. OBrien is also the PI for scaling-up Direct Air Capture (DAC) technologies and for the formation of three DAC Hubs within the U.S.

 Dr. OBrien has over three decades of experience ranging from early-stage venture organizations to Fortune 500 corporations. The breadth of his experience enables him to infuse an entrepreneurial spirit within organizations. He is an inventor and author for a variety of patents and journal articles related to the commercialization of carbon capture and water treatment technologies. He has also addressed the formation of carbon-based ecosystems to drive regional economic growth and create jobs. Dr. OBrien has managed multimillion-dollar programs related to carbon capture, renewables, water treatment and sustainable practices in the U.S. and abroad. His international project experience includes Europe, Middle East, and Asia.

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