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Interested in science? Want to learn more about the latest technology breakthroughs in normal English, minus the jargon? Then Café Scientifique Pittsburgh at Carnegie Science Center is the place to be!

Café Sci is THE place in Pittsburgh where anyone interested in science can get together at a scientific hub to discuss today's science issues with experts, and best of all... you can ask your own questions! After a brief talk by our monthly guest speaker, the evening is dedicated to a question-and-answer session. Plus, enjoy our pub-type atmosphere with food and drinks available for purchase.

Join us for Café Scientifique on Monday, April 3.


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Dr. John A. Swanson

Founder, ANSYS
Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Member, National Academy of Engineering


Renewable Energy: An Optimistic Future

Renewable Energy is one of today's hottest topics. Join internationally acclaimed engineer Dr. John Swanson as he covers the spectrum of renewable energy technologies (generation, conservation, storage, and transmission). During his talk, Swanson will present his view of the now, the path forward, the winners, the "also rans", and the "never got started." No technical background is needed to enjoy this talk.

The namesake of The Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, Swanson has spent the last decade working on renewable energy, mainly solar energy. He has lectured both locally and nationally on solar energy, and has funded startups in photovoltaics (PV), biodiesel, and battery technology. Swanson is active in Green Key Village, an energy efficient community in Lake County, Florida. He has installed PV on residences, animal shelters, and houses of worship and helped others in the design of their PV systems.

Recognized as one of the world's top engineers, Swanson was awarded the John Fritz Medal in 2004. Previous medal recipients include such notable engineers as Lord Kelvin, George Westinghouse, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and Alfred Nobel. Swanson received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from the University of Pittsburgh. During his storied career, he worked on the "Mars Rocket" project for Westinghouse and founded simulation software company ANSYS.

Swanson is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of National Academy of Engineering. He has served on the Board of Trustees of PITT and Washington & Jefferson College. He is also a member of the Engineering College Council at Cornell.

Time: Doors open at 6 pm, and the program is 7-9 pm.
Location: Carnegie Science Center
Admission: FREE!
Parking: $5
Cash bar: Open from 6-7:30 pm

NOTE: Register here to let us know you're coming, even if you don't plan to buy food.


A la carte menu:

Pre-made deli sandwiches and salads
Chips and cookies
Bottled Beverages
Beer and wine

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