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2018 IEEE San Diego Section Annual Luncheon & Awards

on January 13, 2018 from 11:45 AM to 2:30 PM

Speaker Peter Meisen - President at Global Energy Network Institute
Topic Info

This annual luncheon event celebrates IEEE San Diego Section and the contributions of its 2017 leaders with transitions to the 2018 officers. The program begins with a reception, followed by luncheon and awards, and the program features the talk below:

Abstract: “Visualizing sustainable solutions to solve problems quicker

· How do we provide a decent quality of life for all in an environmentally sustainable manner?

· Linking renewable energy resources around the world remains our highest global priority. i.e. using high-voltage transmission between regions and nations to tap abundant and remote renewable capacity

· Global trends are outpacing our ability to solve them (Scientists 2nd Warning to Humanity, 2017) We seem to be smarter lemmings still headed for the cliff

· Why can’t engineers, scientists and policy-makers solve them? What’s missing?

· Visualizing sustainable solutions to global and local problems so we make informed choices quicker.

· We have control rooms for space, war and business – why not for sustainable development?

Speaker Bio

Peter Meisen is a 1975 graduate of UCSD in Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences.  Drawing inspiration from renowned inventor and futurist Buckminster Fuller, he founded the Global Energy Network Institute (GENI) in 1990 , a non-profit research and educational institute designed to explore global solutions for peace and sustainable development.  GENI’s goal is to establish an interconnected electric grid that links the regional power systems to renewable energy resources on every continent.  Former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite called the idea “the most thoughtful strategy for peace and sustainable development” that he had ever seen.  The GENI Initiative has earned the endorsement of seven Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, with Peter presenting his plan at seven World Energy Conferences. 


To spur investment into green energy development, Peter helped launch the Global Climate 100 Index, designed for investors seeking climate change solutions.  Index companies provide leadership in the areas of renewable energies, future fuels and clean/efficient technology. In 2011, Peter expanded this work by launching the World Resources Simulation Center (SIMCenter) to visualize sustainable solutions to global and local problems so that society makes more informed choices quicker.   Some of his professional memberships include: UCSD Alumni Association, the IEEE Power Engineering Society, World Affairs Council of San Diego, Global San Diego, Union of Concerned Scientists.  Peter was born in Oceanside and he and his wife Ashley reside in San Diego.

Location 5998 Alcala Park San Diego, California United States 92110
  • Building: University of San Diego, La Gran Terraza inside the Hahn University Center

12:00 - 12:30  Reception and Appetizers

12:30 - 13:10  Luncheon that consists of:

            Mediterranean Salad

            Herb Roast Chicken Breast

            Penne Primavera

            Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

            Steamed Broccoli with Garlic and Shallots

            Chocolate Mousse Cake

13:30 - onwards  Awards Program and Speak

Cost See info below:

Registration is complementary for invited honorees (2017 officers, including San Diego student branch chairs, and all of the past San Diego Section chairs) who pre-register. Each honoree may bring 1 guest if they pre-register. For all other IEEE members and guests, $30 for members and $15 for student members.

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Keynote Talk 01/13/18 06:02 PM
Awards & Agenda 01/13/18 06:03 PM

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