The 2011 Visiting Scientists Series at Bismarck State College presents "Lights Out - the Coming Electricity Crisis, " a public program set for Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the BSC National Energy Center of Excellence.
Guest scientist Jason Makansi begins his presentation at 7 p.m. in the Basin Electric Auditorium, Room 304.
Makansi is a chemical engineer and consultant to the energy industry. For 30 years, he has been analyzing the technological, environmental and regulatory issues of electricity production and delivery. He has visited power plants and infrastructure installations around the globe.
In his third book, "Lights Out: The Electricity Crisis, the Global Economy, and What It Means to You," Makansi discusses problems with the U.S. electrical transmission system. Where are we headed? Where should we be going? He covers roles from upper management and government to the individual consumer.
Makansi is president of Pearl Street, Inc. in St. Louis, principal of Pearl Street Liquidity Advisors, and executive director of the Coalition to Advance Renewable Energy through Bulk Storage. As an independent consultant, he has advised Fortune 500 companies and garage-based start-ups. He also has been interviewed on CNBC, NPR and has written countless articles for industry magazines.
The Visiting Scientists Series is sponsored by BSC, Bismarck Public Schools, Gateway to Science, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, St. Mary's Central High School, U.S. Geological Survey, University of Mary, and North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers. Visit gatewaytoscience.org or call 701-258-1975 for more information.