Online Webinar Series


About InnoTherm

Sustainability challenges such as climate change, food, water and environmental issues call for researchers in different disciplines around the globe to take action and work collaboratively. Over 90% of our energy consumption and utilization involves heat, and thus heat will play an indispensable role is solving global challenges such as climate change. Thermal energy is everywhere, from electricity generation to maintaining human comfort, from materials processing to food preparation, from computer chip cooling to battery operation safety.

The International Colloquia on Thermal Innovations (InnoTherm) series aims to stimulate and highlight innovations and advances in theory, materials, devices, and systems for efficient thermal energy conversion, storage, transport and utilization. The colloquia include seminars and panel discussions, with speakers from around the world and across different disciplines. The colloquia are delivered online and interactive with audience.

Sponsored by MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Organizers: Gang Chen (Chair), Asegun Henry (co-chair)
John Lienhard, and Evelyn Wang

Next InnoTherm Colloquium

Getting the Heat Out – Electronics Cooling from Smartphones to Data Centers

Ken Goodson, Stanford University

Wednesday June 3
10:00 - 11:30 am US EDT (2:00 - 3:30 pm GMT)
Zoom Webinar
Zoom Webinar Link:
Join by Phone: US +1 646 558 8656 or +1 669 900 6833
Webinar ID: 954 3519 2213
International Dial-in Number:

Join Ken Goodson for a webinar on Getting the Heat Out – Electronics Cooling from Smartphones to Data Centers (Abstract). Dereje Agonafer will be the moderator for this webinar.

Professor Ken Goodson

About Ken Goodson

Ken Goodson is the Davies Family Provostial Professor and Senior Associate Engineering Dean at Stanford, where he holds appointments in Mechanical Engineering and (by courtesy) Materials Science. His 45 PhD graduates are distributed evenly IC companies and professorships at top schools including MIT, Stanford, and UC Berkeley. Goodson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow with ASME, IEEE, APS, AAAS, and the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Awards include the ASME Kraus Medal, the inaugural IEEE Richard Chu Award, the AIChE Kern Award, and the SRC Technical Excellence and University Researcher Awards. Goodson has 35 patents and co-founded Cooligy, which built heat sinks for Apple desktops. He recently served as Stanford Mechanical Engineering Chair and recruited 15 faculty who transformed the department’s scholarship and diversity.

Upcoming InnoTherm Colloquia

Past Colloquia

  • HVAC Systems: Centralized or Decentralized
    Yi Jiang, Tsinghua University, China
    Ravi Prasher, LBL Associate Director
    Alexis Abramson, Dean, School of Engineering at Dartmouth College
    Satish Kumar, President and Executive Director, Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy, India
    Yangying Zhu (Moderator), UC Santa Barbara
    Wednesday May 20
    Youtube link
    Questions from Zoom Q&A
  • The Brayton Battery
    Robert B. Laughlin, Nobel laureate, Stanford University
    Alejandro Datas (Bio), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, Asegun Henry, MIT, Andrew Ponec (Bio), Antora Energy, Mahesh Mahesh Venkataraman (Bio), 1414 Degrees, Australia, Craig Turchi (Moderator), NREL
    Wednesday May 13
    Youtube Link
    Questions from Zoom Q&A
  • Using the Cold Universe as a Sustainable Energy Resource
    Ronggui Yang (Bio), Professor in the School of Energy and Power Engineering at Huazhong University of Science and Technology
    David Sailor, Arizona State University, Yuan Yang, Columbia University, Junichiro Shiomi (Moderator), University of Tokyo
    Wednesday May 6
    Youtube Link
    Questions from Zoom Q&A
  • Five Grand Challenges in Thermal Science and Engineering for Deep Decarbonization
    Arun Majumdar, Jay Precourt Provostial Chair Professor at Stanford University (Bio)
    Ravi Prasher, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Asegun Henry, MIT, Chris Dames (Moderator), UC Berkeley
    Wednesday April 29
    Youtube Link
    Questions from Zoom Q&A
    Presentation slides

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