Peters to discuss renewable energy at expo


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky Energy and Environment Secretary Len Peters will give a talk on renewable energy at the University of Louisville’s Engineering Expo on March 7.

    Peters, a former global operations vice president at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, was named to head Kentucky’s energy and environment cabinet last April.

    Before working at Battelle, Peters served in several positions at Virginia Tech University, including vice provost for research. Before that, he was an engineering professor and administrator at the University of Kentucky for 19 years, overseeing the Kentucky Geological Survey and the Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research.

    His free, public talk at the expo will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Bigelow Hall in Miller Information Technology Center on UofL’s Belknap Campus.

    The Engineering Expo, which showcases research at UofL’s Speed School of Engineering, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities take place in J.B. Speed Building, Belknap Research Building, Lutz Hall and the engineering school’s other buildings along Eastern Parkway near Third Street.

    Speed Student Council sponsors the annual free public event, which this year will focus on engineering improvements in alternative fuel sources, clean energy and environmental technologies.

    Visitors can see an electric car and a Stryker armored personnel carrier, tour research labs and learn about alternative energy projects, watch high school students compete in contests testing their engineering skills and see middle school students take part in activities designed to teach them basic engineering principles, said Adam Pfendt of Speed Student Council.

    “The goal of the expo is to foster an atmosphere of progress and competition to promote the exciting developments of the engineering profession to the public,” Pfendt said.

    Hundreds of students from schools throughout the region are expected to attend.

    For more details, see or call Pfendt at 502-852-6301 or 859-912-2344.