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TEDxFoCo - Bryan Willson - Energy Solutions at Scale

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Published on Sep 18, 2011

Dr. Bryan Willson is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU) and has worked for over 25 years to develop large-scale solutions for global energy needs. He serves as Director of CSU's Clean Energy Supercluster, an academic unit of over 150 diverse faculty members working to develop and disseminate clean energy solutions. He is co-founder of Solix Biofuels, a developer of large-scale production systems for algae-based biofuel, and Envirofit International, a global company distributing clean energy solutions in the developing world.

He is Founder and Director of CSU's Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory, a large and diverse energy solutions laboratory. In June 2009, Scientific American named him to its inaugural list of the "Scientific American 10″ -- ten individuals who have made significant contributions to "guiding science to serve humanity" on a global basis; in August 2009, he was awarded the Maurice Albertson Medal for Sustainable Development (Albertson was the architect of the Peace Corps); in 2008 he received the Royal Award for Sustainability from the governments of Denmark and Spain.

He is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Dr. Willson received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988, the same year he joined the CSU faculty. He teaches in the areas of design, energy, and sustainable development. He is the Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on over $30 million in funded energy research and has helped to raise over $50M for his companies; he has funded over 350 graduate and undergraduate students; is author or co-author of over 200 journal papers, conference proceedings, technical reports, and patents; and has worked in over 40 countries.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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