Sunday, April 19, 2009
AGSM Hosts UNSW Photovoltaics Speaker
We recently had a visit at AGSM from David Jordan, Director of Business Development at UNSW's Faculty of Engineering. Primarily he works with the UNSW School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering. He has a background working with BP in their Solar Energy investments and currently drives the emergence of a new manufacturing operation to complement UNSW's traditional excellence in solar technology research and development. A small group of students joing David in the AGSM boardroom after Stacy Mellman, President of the Corporate Social Responsibility Club, organized the event.
David Jordan's talk on Photovoltaic technology was delivered at light speed! His brain functioned like a supercomputer as he clipped through every aspect of Solar panel research at UNSW and the exciting future ahead. He excited me with the plans for an industrial solar panel production facility to be built adjacent to the AGSM building in the currently lackluster car park. With these two institutions as neighbors on the UNSW campus, the possibilities for collaboration will be ripe in a global climate demanding renewable energy. David’s background with BP speaks to the potential for big business in renewables. Despite the hardships David Jordan shared, those in our generation are able to provide enthusiasm. Combining the seasoned experience of one generation and the optimism of the next, together we can see sustainable initiatives overtake investing as a primary MBA employment prospect.
I am not the only person inspired by David Jordan. With the wave of future plans and developments ahead, I will be one in many to realize a sea change in renewable energy innovation. David mentioned he is a big fan of Better Place, a global initiative for electric cars where Australia is one of many countries participating. Additional credibility for what David Jordan represents is given by the fact that the wealthiest man in China, Dr. Shi Zhengrong, with his company SunTech is a product of the UNSW School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering. Everybody needs heroes, and my list is only getting longer.