Lunch Presentations

Day 1 – The Evolving Intellectual Property Landscape for Green Technology Relative to Energy Generation, Storage, & Distribution

An overview of a process for forming a patent landscape focused towards green technology developed for energy generation, storage, and distribution is provided. Data mining provides a broad perspective that identifies strategic players and key concepts associated with technology advances made on a global basis. Text mining is used to more effectively narrow the technical focus to specific areas of interest, such as, e.g., nanomaterials. Insight into the technical developments relative to nanomaterials is used to highlight opportunities and roadblocks for the future deployment of such materials in energy applications.

Presented by Keith Weiss of Brinks Gilson & Lione

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Day 2 – Kansas City and the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative

In October of 2015, Kansas City was selected to participate in the global IEEE Smart Cities initiative.  As they prepare for their growing population in 2016 and beyond, Kansas City will work in concert with their local IEEE chapters to develop expert knowledge, share experience with other core and affiliated cities, and support local innovation and entrepreneurs, working closely with city governance bodies, local industries, local universities, involving students and professors, and available relevant non-governmental organizations. They will also organize conferences and events, and contribute to the development of the IEEE Smart Cities collaborative network.  This presentation will provide information on the current status of these efforts.

Presented by Brad Jensen of the IEEE Kansas City Section and Burns & McDonnell

Brad Jensen graduated from Iowa State University in 2010 with a BSEE. He spent three years working for PowerFilm Solar in Ames, IA as a product development engineer for PV+Battery systems before joining Burns & McDonnell in his current role as a substation design engineer. Brad has been an IEEE member for 8 years and is involved in the IEEE Transformers Committee and the local Kansas City section. He recently took the lead on the IEEE Kansas City section’s involvement in the new IEEE Smart Cities initiative. Kansas City was selected as a core IEEE Smart City in late 2015.