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Engineering Seminar Series–The Wisconsin Strategy: Infrastructure Independence

February 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm CST

Dr. Thomas Zolper is a recipient of a Research Grant from the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership.
Energy security has a substantial influence on foreign relations, but many concerns are not discussed in the public sphere. Threats to energy infrastructure posed by cyberattacks, and physical weapons are increasing. Fortunately, Wisconsin has the natural resources to establish energy independence.
Dr. Zolper covers how recent Congressional testimonies have brought energy resilience funds to the state. He provides an assessment of in-state biomass, hydroelectric, wind, solar and nuclear energy resources. He addresses equipment vulnerabilities and proposes an energy investment approach to provide long-term energy sustainability and security to the state of Wisconsin.
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Date: Tuesday, Feb. 7
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
LocationRoom 350, Sesquicentennial Hall, Sesquicentennial Hall 1000 Southwest Road, Platteville, WI

About the presenter
Dr. Thomas Zolper’s research interests are in the areas of polymer rheology, multiphase flow, and energy systems. His expertise includes predictive polymer rheology on tribological interfaces and mass diffusion in two-phase flows. Recently, his research has addressed energy security (Thompson Center for Public Leadership) and the rheology of dairy products (Wisconsin Dairy Innovation Hub). Zolper earned his in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Illinois University. Prior to his academic career, he worked in the automotive industry as a design and quality engineer.




About the Engineering Seminar Series
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville spring 2023 Engineering Seminar Series is offered on UW-Platteville’s campus and via zoom. Free and open to the public, these presentations showcase the plan, design, construction, and maintenance of real-world engineering projects and how they change our community. Attendees are eligible for one professional development hour.


February 7
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm CST


Venue Room
Room 350, Sesquicentennial Hall


UW–Platteville – Ullsvik Hall
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818 United States
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