Engineers for a Sustainable World Guest Speaker Event

You are invited to join the San Diego Renewable Energy Society (SDRES)  and Engineers for a Sustainable World at UC San Diego on Wednesday, February 13th for our first speaker program in 2013. The meeting will be held from 7-8:30 PM at the Rady School, Multi Purpose Room 2. Doors will open at 6:30 PM.

Topic:               With Solar Energy You Have Desalinated Water

Speaker:          Dr. Barry L. Butler

Advances have been made in low energy desalination systems, and solar power collectors can be used with them to produce drinking water.  Emergency use of bottled water in areas impacted by hurricanes, floods, or other natural disasters is difficult to transport to those in need.  Local solar desalination could help in these situations and more.

About the speaker
Dr. Butler is a materials scientist with training in ceramics, metals, and polymers. He managed the solar Materials Program at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque and then went to the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI; now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL) as a division manager over 150+ staff.  In 1984 he started and managed the Solar Energy Products Division of SAIC, which included management of multiple large-scale solar heliostat and dish/Stirling development and testing programs.  He is currently the founder and owner of Butler Sun Solutions, Inc. (BSSI)

Dr. Butler is the past Chairman of the national Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Solar Thermal Division among other impressive credentials.  He has multiple degrees in materials science, including a Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute (RPI).

SDRES (San Diego Renewable Energy Society) promotes renewable energy through education and networking to the public, private, and government sectors.  SDRES is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and the local chapter of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES).


ESW UCSD is the student chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World on the UC San Diego campus. ESW envisions a worldwide era of sustainability in which all communities cooperate to achieve lasting environmental, social, and economic prosperity.


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