Panels & Special Events


Sunday November 12

Sunday – Workshops

1:00-5:00 PM

W1: Makers & Sustainability Workshop II (Palo Verde)

W2: Mobile Microgrid Training Platform Workshop (Amphitheater)

Sunday – Poster Contest & Opening Reception

3:00-7:00 PM

PC: Poster Contest (Ballroom)

6:00-7:00 PM

OR: Opening Reception (Ballroom)


Monday November 13

Monday – Opening Session & Keynote

8:00-9:00 AM (Ballroom)

Welcome: Vivek Gupta, General Chair SusTech 2017

Opening Remarks: Kathleen Kramer, IEEE Region 6 Director

Opening Keynote: “Earth Observation Processing and Analytics Services”
Lauryn Gutowski, Project Manager, EOS Data Analytics, Inc.


Monday – Environment Panel

9:00-10:00 AM (Ballroom)

“UN SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) challenges & IEEE’s response”

What is the role of technical professional societies like IEEE in responding to the UN SDG? Is it part of their mission? Or it is best left to their members? Should IEEE et al strive to play a key role as a technology innovator?

Vin Piuri (moderator)
Paul Cunningham 2017-2018 President, IEEE SSIT
Rene Garello IEEE Environmental Engineering
Jim Jefferies 2017 IEEE President-elect


Monday – Lunch & Keynote

12:00-1:30 PM (Ballroom)

Lunch Keynote: Energy Infrastructure of the Future”
Joshua D. Rhodes, Webber Energy Group and the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin


Monday – Conference Dinner & Keynote

6:00 PM Reception (Ballroom)

7:00-8:30 PM Dinner (Ballroom)

Dinner Keynote: “The Central Arizona Project”
Theodore C. Cooke, General Manager, Central Arizona Water Conservation District


Tuesday November 14

Tuesday – Sustainability Policy Panel

8:00-9:00 AM (Ballroom)

Policy questions to consider

  • As U.S. Government Pulls Back on Energy Efficiency, how will State Governments and the Private Sector React?
  • As the U.S. EPA is pulled back and U.S. DOE’s energy efficiency program loses budget, will states step in? Which ones?
  • How does this impact corporate innovation and standards?
  • Will manufacturers have the right incentives to continue with voluntary agreements on energy efficiency in devices and testing?
Ed Perkins (moderator)
Katie Reilly Consumer Technology Association (producer of CES)
Mark Hartman Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Phoenix (Arizona)
Patricia Reiter Executive Director, Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, Arizona State University


Tuesday – Sustainability Industry Forum

1:30-3:30 PM (Ballroom)

Mark Goldstein (moderator) President, International Research Center
Bill Bader International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) “The iNEMI 2017 Sustainable Electronics Roadmap”
Eric Bill Autocase “The “Holy Grail”: Automating the business case for greener, healthier buildings & sites”
Taimur Burki Intel “What it takes to build a smart and green state of the art building”
Charles Ross NXP Semiconductors “Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and the Future of Driving”




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