Miami Clean Energy Summit

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Innovations in Energy Transitions

The University of Miami Clean Energy Summit is poised to be a pivotal event, underscoring Miami's growing role as a hub for clean energy innovation, sustainable practices, and resilience against climate change.

April 15, 2024
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Shalala Student Center


8:00 am - 8:30 am 

Registration and Breakfast 

8:30 am - 9:00 am 

Welcome and Introduction 

  • Pratim Biswas, Dean, College of Engineering, University of Miami
  • Ramin Moghaddas, Professor, College of Engineering University of Miami
  • Guillermo (Willy) Prado, Interim Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Miami
9:00 am - 10:30 am 

CEO Panel (Investing in the Green Future: Opportunities and Challenges) 

  • Moderator: Pratim Biswas, Dean, College of Engineering, University of Miami
  • Jose Mas, CEO, MasTec
  • Richard Voorberg, President, Siemens Energy North America
  • Ajit Sapre, President, Reliance Industries Ltd.
  • Tim Oliver, Vice President of Development, Florida Power and Light
10:30 am -10:45 am 

Coffee Break 

10:45 am - 12:00 pm 

Community/Federal Agency Panel (Community-Driven Clean Energy Initiatives)

  • Moderator: Galen Treuer, Climate Tech and Economic Innovation Manager, Miami-Dade County
  • John Smegal, Program Manager, Department of Energy
  • Patricia Gomez, Interim Chief Resilience Officer and Director of Energy, Miami-Dade County
  • Tony Morgan, Deputy Director, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Olivia Collins, Vice President of Operations and Programs, CLEO Institute
  • Michael Berkowitz, Executive Director, Climate Resilience Academy
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 

Networking and Lunch 

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

Industry Panel (Decarbonization and Electrification in U.S. Industries) 

  • Moderator: Esber Andiroglu, Professor, College of Engineering, University of Miami
  • Giovanni Herazo, Head of Solutions Architecture, Schneider Electric
  • Clifford Hatcher, Director, Siemens Energy
  • Guillermo Haberer, Vice President, Sales Cement and Aggregates, Titan America
  • Paul Johnston, Executive Vice President, Watsco
  • Rakesh Shalia, Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Customer Experience, FedEx
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

Poster Session and Coffee Break

  • Moderators: Esber Andiroglu and Murat Erkoc
3:00 pm - 4:45 pm 

Technical Presentations

  • Moderators: Esber Andiroglu and Murat Erkoc


  • Li-ion Batteries, the Electrification Revolution, and the Next Ideal Batteries via Artificial Intelligence (Dr. Kang Xu)
  • An overview of Miami Engineering Autonomous Mobility Initiative (MEAMI) (Dr. Sivakumar Ramanathan)
  • Waste Concrete and Seawater for Green Carbon Capture and Utilization (Abhishek Ratanpara)
  • Engineering Microstructure of Ultra porous Carbon Aerogels as Advanced H2 Sorbent Carriers (Ruthradharshini Murugave)
  • Modeling the compressive strength of geopolymer recycled aggregate concrete using ensemble machine learning (Nima Khodadadi)
  • Mechanochemical activation of basaltic fines to produce low-carbon cement replacement materials (Sofiane Amroun)
  • Reactivity of Calcium Aluminosilicate Glasses (Subhashree Panda)
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks



Please find driving directions here and parking instructions here. A map of the parking garages can be found here: UM Pavia and Levante Parking Garages.pdf.


For more information about the Miami Institute for Clean Energy visit or contact Ramin Moghaddass at