September 2004 Meeting
Joint with the Joliet Section
September 23, 2004

Speaker:   Dr. Romesh Kumar
Head, Fuel Cell Department
Chemical Engineering Division
Argonne National Laboratories
Topic:   Hydrogen & Fuel Cells: Where We Are, Where We Are Headed
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2004

The University of St. Francis

The Auditorium in the Main Educational Building
500 N. Wilcox Street
Joliet, Illinois 60435

Abstract:    Fuel cells offer clean, efficient power production from conventional and alternative fuels. They have been used in space applications for about 40 years. Their use in terrestrial power generation has been demonstrated in a variety of applications and in many different geographic locations. Their development for use in transportation and dispersed power and co-generation has been energized by the new emphasis on hydrogen as the energy carrier of the future. This talk will discuss the issues in hydrogen and fuel cells, their potential for bringing about changes in the world's energy picture, and the challenges that yet remain to be overcome before they become technically and commercially viable for the mass market.

Biography:    Romesh Kumar received his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Panjab University in India, and M.S. and Ph.D., in Chemical Engineering, from the University of California, Berkeley. In his research career at Argonne National Laboratory, he has been involved in advanced nuclear reactor safety analyses, atmospheric chemistry as related to acid rain and dry acid deposition, and, most recently, the emerging field of fuel cells for clean, efficient power production for stationary, portable, and transportation applications. Currently, he heads up the Fuel Cell Department in Argonne’s Chemical Engineering Division.

Social Hour: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Dinner: N/A — but many of us are meeting in the cafeteria for dinner before the meeting.  Please let us know if you are planning to eat at the cafeteria so that we can insure that they will be prepared to handle the extra people.

Meeting: 7:00 PM sharp!

Cost:  NO COST, but we are providing no dinner.

Reservations:   (847)647-8405   
                    by noon, Tuesday, September 21
(We primarily need to know if you plan to eat at the University Cafeteria, so that they can be ready to accommodate our influx of people at a normally quiet hour.)


Map and Directions:

From anywhere around Chicago:

Take I-294 to I-55 south.  Take I-55 to Interstate I-80.   Take I-80 to Larkin Avenue, Hwy 7 (Mile Marker 130) North Exit.  Take Larkin Avenue to Glenwood Avenue (fourth light), turn right.  Take Glenwood Avenue to Wilcox.  Turn North (left) on Wilcox to the University (500 Wilcox), about 2 blocks.


Take I-294 to I-55 south.  Exit Weber Road (Mile Marker 263).  Turn left (south) onto Weber Road. Take Weber Road to Plainfield Road  (Route 30).  Turn left (east) onto Plainfield Road.  Take Plainfield Road to Wilcox Street. Turn right (south) onto Wilcox Street.  Continue on Wilcox Street one block to the University of St. Francis.

The meeting will be held in the Auditorium of the Main Educational Building.  Signs will be posted at the main lecture hall to direct you to the meeting in the Auditorium.


Dinner: A number of us are gathering at the University Cafeteria between 5:00 and 5:30 PM for an informal pay-for-yourself dinner before the meeting.  Others may chose to eat at a local restaurant or eat after the meeting.

Updated 11/3/04