President, d-v design
Zero Energy Homes
Monday, November 18, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Huitt-Zollars Pavilion, Embrey 115
Energy consumption of all buildings in the US grew to 41.7% of the nation’s energy usage in 2012. American homes alone contributed 21% to this number. Now imagine reducing this consumption to 0%.
This presentation will focus on the design and construction of residential homes that produce the same amount of energy they consume. We will examine several case studies and discuss the basic elements of the ZEH – passive solar design, house envelope, conventional and alternative energy sources, and more. We will also address both the opportunities and challenges created by the operational environment – contractors, real-estate agents, consumers, culture and politics, and will contrast the US and European systems.
Short Biography: Dragana Vlatkovic is the President of d-v design, and has over 17 years of experience in interior design, architecture and structural design. She worked as a lead designer for big national firms before opening up her own design company. Since founding d-v design, her work has been exclusively focused on the design and construction of smaller size homes for owners wishing to grow-in-place with flexible living arrangements. Her expertise is in advanced concrete and wood building methods, that include the use of prefabrication. Dragana is a regular guest speaker at Union College and teaches courses on sustainable and universal design at SUNY (State University of New York) and HVCC (Hudson Valley Community College). She is a member of AIA (American Institute of Architects), AEE (Association of Energy Engineers), Citizens Environmental Coalition, Building Green, U.S. Green Building Council and many other organizations. She is also actively involved in many community projects dedicated to affordable housing. Dragana received her BS in Structural Engineering and MS in Structural Engineering/Prefabricated Building Systems from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. She received her Interior Design Certification from the New York School of Interior Design.
Professor Ali Beskok
Ali Beskok, an internationally known expert in micro- and nano-scale transport phenomena, numerical methods and experimental microfluidics, has been named chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the SMU Lyle School of Engineering. He joins the faculty and begins his new role effective August 1, 2013.
Beskok is an outstanding educator and researcher who has received numerous awards that cite his achievements as “unparalleled,” “path-breaking” and “substantial.” He has more than 70 publications in high impact journals, and has authored and co-authored two books, eight chapters, 56 proceedings and 18 abstracts. Beskok was selected as an ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineering) fellow in 2010. Beskok has most recently served as the Batten Professor of Computational Engineering at Old Dominion University, the founding director of the ODU Institute of Micro and Nanotechnology, and the graduate program director of Old Dominion’s MAE department.
Professor Beskok received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey in 1988. He received a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 1991, and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University in 1994 and 1996, respectively.
He was a visiting scholar at Brown University, Center for Fluid Mechanics from 1994 to 1996, and a post-doctoral research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Research Laboratory of Electronics from 1996-1998. Beskok joined Texas A&M University Mechanical Engineering Department as an assistant professor in 1998, and became an associate professor in 2004.
“Dr. Beskok is an exceptional teacher and scientist and has an incredibly strong research record,” said Lyle Dean Marc Christensen. “Dr. Beskok made definitive contributions to his research field early in his career and has continued to build upon that reputation. I am delighted that we have recruited such a high caliber individual to serve as chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department and look forward to working with him as part of our leadership team as we continue to push Lyle forward.”
Art George is senior vice president and manager over Texas Instruments’ (TI) Analog Engineering Operations. His remarks will focus on how to have a great life and career. Art gives back to the SMU community in many ways. He has been a long serving member of the Lyle School of Engineering Executive Board, has served as an advisor to the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership, serves as a mentor as part of the Lyle School mentoring program for our undergraduate students and has also been involved with our student chapter of National Society of Black Engineers. George earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a master’s degree in engineering management in 1990 from SMU. He has been honored at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards conference twice as one of the 100 Most Important Blacks in Technology. He also has received the Career Achievement in Industry Award from the National Society of Black Engineers. George is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas. He is passionate about building the next generation of engineers and
actively participates in engineering recruitment, talent development and
diversity initiatives on behalf of TI.
James Robert (Bob) Biard
James Robert (Bob) Biard will receive the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, from SMU on Saturday, May 18, 2013, for his outstanding contributions in the field of optoelectronics. Biard received the world’s first patent for the light emitting diode (LED), now ubiquitous in devices ranging from digital clocks and remote controls to television screens and traffic lights. He holds more than 75 patents for his inventions.
Kay Bailey Hutchison
Kay Bailey Hutchison will receive the degree of Doctor of Engineering, honoris causa on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from SMU for her distinguished career in public service and support of higher education. Hutchison is the first woman to represent Texas in the United States Senate, serving from 1993 to 2012. During her years in the Senate, she expanded higher education opportunities for thousands of Texans and championed advancements in science, technology, engineering and math education. Hutchison helped bring to SMU more than $20 million in federal research funds.
Friday, May 10th, Suku Nair was honored at a dinner of the SMU Board of Trustees where he was named as one of SMU’s 2013 Ford Research Fellows. Established in 2002 through a $1 million pledge from SMU Trustee Gerald J. Ford, the fellowships help the University retain and reward outstanding scholars. Each recipient receives a cash prize for research support during the year.
Professor Suku Nair, Chairman of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, is a leader in the field of cyber security, a field that has recently emerged and is rapidly expanding because of its importance to national, corporate, and personal security. He is a highly productive researcher in the field of cyber security who has published over 125 peer-reviewed articles in journals and highly selective proceedings volumes. He has supervised the completion of 14 PhDs and one Doctor of Engineering, and the excellence of his mentoring is seen in the successful emergence of these students as leaders in a broad cross section of academia, government and industry, including placements at SMU, Mississippi State, the National Security Agency, Lockheed Martin, Cisco, Fujitsu and Erickson. Professor Nair is the founding director of SMU’s HACNet Labs, the premier cyber security research lab in the southwest, and has established an NSA Center for Excellence in Information Assurance Education and part of an NSF center in collaboration with other north Texas universities.