Ashton Cary Keynote Address

Dr. Ronald W. Rousseau, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Chair & Cecil J. "Pete" Silas Chair, will be the speaker at the 28th Annual Ashton Cary Lecture on April 24-25. The Keynote Address will be on Wednesday, April 24, from 4-5 p.m. in the "M" Building, Room G011. The Special Lecture will be on Thursday, April 25, at 11 a.m. in ES&T L1255.


Energy and Sustainability: Context, Challenges, Opportunities

Rational economic growth in national economies is fed by aspirations for an improved standard of living, and such growth often relies on exploitation of natural resources. Industrial development in the 21st century raises challenges that are unlikely to be met with currently available technologies, especially if boundary conditions associated with the global environment are imposed. It is therefore essential that we accelerate research leading to new methodologies for utilizing fossil fuels, identifying and developing new or alternative sources of energy, and improving the way natural resources are integrated into the goods and services essential for economic development. In addition to research and development, it is equally important that we educate the global community on wise use of such resources and push for acceptance of policies based on sound science and technology. This presentation will consider how providing and using energy influence sustainable growth, and identify challenges and opportunities for research and development in the core competencies of the chemical engineering domain.


The Cary Lecture Series in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering was established in 1984 as a memorial to Ashton Hall Cary, a chemical engineering graduate of Georgia Tech, Class of 1943. Mr. Cary served in the U.S. Army after graduation and later built a career in Georgia’s textile industry. He was a native of LaGrange, Georgia, where he was prominent in local politics and business and active in many charitable and civic organizations. At the time of his death in 1983, Mr. Cary was a production consultant for Kleen-Tex Industries.

The Cary Lecture Series was initiated with a gift from Dr. Freeman Cary, who also studied chemical engineering at Tech. Dr. Cary, who is Ashton’s brother, received his M.D. from Emory University in 1950 and later became the attending physician for the U.S. Congress.The Cary Lectureship Fund is used to sponsor a lecture series by distinguished scholars in fields of significance to chemical engineering. The visiting lecturers, in addition to presenting seminars on recent engineering advances, participate in informal discussions with Georgia Tech faculty and students.

Event Details


  • Wednesday, April 24, 2013
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Atlanta, GA
Phone: (404) 894-1838

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