Posted 12.4.12Roger Saillant, PhD, Executive Director of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value, was the key note speaker at the Cleveland Engineering Society's Annual Industrial & Manufacturing Conference. Dr. Saillant discussed the evolution of automotive painting and emissions standards and what they teach us about a long-term sustainability commitment. He also spoke about the Great Wall of China and how a long-term view, with a keen eye on today's balance sheet, leads to success. Roger Saillant, PhD, is a recognized authority in renewable energy and sustainability and has served as a pioneer in fuel cells, energy policy, and holistic management techniques. His extensive corporate experience includes seven years as CEO of Plug Power, a cutting-edge fuel cell company. Prior to that, he was a senior executive at Ford Motor Company and Visteon Corporation, and he has worked to open plants and operations in Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Dr. Saillant teaches and speaks on sustainability issues, and recent speaking engagements have been at leading colleges and universities including the Sloan School at MIT, Fordham University, and New York University. Another of his passions is communicating sustainability concerns to mainstream society--in this vein, he has recently co-authored a novel, Vapor Trails, dealing with some of today's hottest issues, such as climate change, carbon sequestration, and corporate control. The book has received excellent expert reviews. The Cleveland Engineering Society is a non-profit professional development organization. CES serves the needs of engineering and technical professionals and their employers by providing valued and topical speaker series and conferences, professional testing review courses, and networking and leadership opportunities. CES serves the community with educational outreach programs to encourage high school and middle school students to study engineering at the many fine northeast Ohio colleges or universities and to pursue engineering careers in northeast Ohio. See www.cesnet.org for more information.
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