What are fossil fuels? What is the greenhouse effect? How are the two related? Can we reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and lower the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere? Wind and solar power can help lead the way. We will learn how state-of-the-art science and engineering can be used to utilize more clean, green energy from both the wind and the sun, right out of thin air.

Speaker Bios

Dr. Jeff Mirocha

Atmospheric Scientist
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Jeff Mirocha is an atmospheric scientist and the technical leader of LLNL's wind energy research group. Dr. Mirocha's interests include investigation and modeling of atmospheric turbulence, flow over complex terrain, and how such flows impact wind energy capture. Dr. Mirocha holds B.S. and B. A. degrees in Geography and Mathematics from Arizona State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dr. Suzanne Singer

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Suzanne L. Singer is an energy and thermal fluids analyst at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where she supports engineering and energy security with projects in energy efficiency and renewable energy. She is a diversity ambassador for LLNL, was a featured Women @ Energy, and remains committed to STEM enrichment by supporting the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). Suzanne earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, while investigating microscale heat transfer of nanostructured materials to improve thermoelectric device efficiency for power generation or refrigeration. She completed a B.S. from the University of Arizona in mechanical engineering.

Tom Shefler

Granada High School

Mr. Shefler received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and applied mathematics from Western Michigan University in 1997 and a Master of Arts degree in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2000. While at Berkeley, he researched analyzed and cataloged Hubble Space Telescope images of galaxies, observational research involved in the detection and study of extrasolar planets, and discovered Supernova 1998DT while working with the Katzman Automatic Imaging Telescope team. During his graduate studies he fell in love with teaching and entered the teaching profession in 2002.

Eric Harpell

Las Positas Community College

Eric Harpell has been teaching Astronomy, and physics at Las Positas college for nearly three decades.  Recently, he was instrumental in creating a major in environmental science, including a course in Energy and Sustainabily that he now team teaches. A graduate of UC San Diego and UCLA, Eric had also studied astronomy at the University of Lund Sweden, and worked as a research associate at the Stanford Linier Accelerator. In his free time, Eric enjoys cycling , surfing, and playing guitar, particularly when his two teenaged daughters join in.