Lecture Previews

Carnegie Mellon Engineering Leadership Speaker Series

Monday, April 18 at 5 p.m.

Singleton Room, Roberts Engineering Hall

CONSOL CEO J. Bretty Harvey will discuss “CONSOL Energy’s Approach to Powering America: Coal and Gas for the Future” as part of the the College of Engineering’s Leadership Speaker Series.

After Harvey’s speech, the program will feature an expert energy panel to discuss critical energy issues. Panelists will include Scott Klara, the deputy director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL); Kelvin Gregory, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon; and Edward S. Rubin, the alumni professor of environmental engineering and science and a professor of engineering and public policy and mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon.

Carnegie Mellon Engineering Leadership Speaker Series

Tuesday, April 19 at 4:30 p.m.

Singleton Room, Roberts Engineering Hall

Rodrigo Costa, the CEO of Zon Multimédia, will speak about the growth of cable, Internet, and mobile phone services in Portugal. Zon Multimédia, a media holding company in Portugal, is one of the world’s first dot com success stories.

2011 Bayer Lecture Series in Process Systems Engineering

Tuesday, April 19 at 10:45 a.m.

Doherty Hall 1112

Paul I. Barton of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will discuss “Optimal Design and Operation of Natural Gas Value Chains.”

In his lecture, Barton will present three studies applying global optimization formulations to the optimal design and operation of natural gas value chains: short-term operational planning in upstream supply chains, design and operation of production infrastructure under uncertainty, and novel liquefied energy chains for the exploitation of remote offshore gas combined with CO2 capture and sequestration with enhanced oil recovery.

Facewars: Michael Shamos

Wednesday, April 20 at 4:30 p.m.

Rashid Auditorium

Michael Shamos, Distinguished Career Professor in the School of Computer Science, will give a talk titled “Facewars,” focusing on the legal battle between Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the Winklevoss twins, who hired Zuckerberg while at Harvard to write software for their social networking company, ConnectU.

Center for the Arts in Society:_ Pirates of the Caribbean_

Thursday, April 21 at 4:30 p.m.

Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136)

Carnegie Mellon professor of history Roger Rouse will present a lecture on the Pirates of the Caribbean films, using it as a springboard to think more creatively about the cultural politics of contemporary capitalism.

On May 20, Disney will release On Stranger Tides, the fourth film of the series. According to Rouse, the films are not just escapist entertainment. They hijack complex histories of rebel piracy to incite conformity to corporate visions of life, labor, and the world at large. This talk offers resources for engaging the new film and pushing past the limiting visions Rouse sees the series as promoting.