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Never Stop Learning!


"Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence." Abigail Adams (1744-1818)


Unlike most buildings at the University of Kentucky, you will never hear a bell ring, signaling the beginning or end of a class, at the Center for Applied Energy Research. That doesn't mean we don't teach.

The mission of the Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) mirrors the University of Kentucky's historic land grant mission of instruction, public service and research. In this respect, the CAER shares and contributes to the university's fundamental goals of scholarship, leadership, and stewardship.

The Center is primarily involved in energy research with most of our funding and time devoted to this endeavor. Outside of its primary thrust, the CAER contributes to UK's mission of instruction. Because we are often a link between industry and academics, it makes sense for our experts to offer short courses to both longtime energy professionals, as well as novices, coming into the energy arena.

The CAER is lucky to employ experts in so many fields, as the three upcoming short courses described below indicate:

  • A short course on the "Science of Coal Ash Utilization" will take place May 7th immediately prior to the World of Coal Ash Conference at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky. This short course will cover basic information about the science and technology of coal combustion by-products and will be taught by experts from academia and industry. This course offers two parallel tracks, providing more choices for students. In addition, it offers Professional Development Credits.
  • The CAER is organizing a workshop to be held July 12-14, 2007, immediately preceding the International Carbon Conference, Carbon 2007 in Seattle, WA. This marks the 5th workshop on carbon that CAER has hosted. The purpose is to provide a small, conversational setting in which to learn and debate pressing issues in the field of carbon research prior to the formality that comes with international meetings.
  • Finally, this fall will see a new short course offering entitled "Pollution Control in Power Plants." CAER experts and members of industry have pooled their talents to offer a half-day course for power plant engineers, regulators, and anyone working in industries with heavy energy consumption. The course will focus on carbon emissions and its mitigation, control technologies, and real world problem solving. This course also offers Professional Development Credits.

You can find details on these events by following the links indicated above. Watch for more information on upcoming learning opportunities at the CAER.