Northern Illinois University

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April 21, 2008

Professor Milivoje M. Kostic of NIUís Department of Mechanical Engineering has been invited to deliver a plenary lecture at the WSEAS International Conference on Energy, Environment, Ecosystems and Sustainable Development.

Milivoje Kostic

The conference is from June 11 to 13 in Algarve, Portugal. Kosticís plenary lecture focuses on philosophical and practical aspects of energy.

The difficulties that will face every nation and the world in meeting energy needs over the next several decades will be more challenging than what we anticipate now, because the two things are certain in the not-distant future:

  • The world population and its living-standard expectations will substantially increase.
  • Fossil fuelsí economical reserves, particularly oil and natural gas, will substantially decrease.

The traditional solutions and approaches cannot solve the global energy problem. New knowledge, new technology and new living habits and expectations must be developed to address both the quantity of energy needed to increase the standard of living world-wide and to preserve and enhance the quality of our environment. 

Kosticís teaching and research interests are in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer and related fluid-thermal-energy sciences. More information is available at