Our civilization vitally depends on the continuous and assured availability of critical resources such as clean, safe, sustainable, and affordable electrical power, clean water, secure food, transportation, and related services. Major dynamic changes present new opportunities, but also threats that confront not only the energy sector but critical infrastructure, with the potential to greatly disrupt and undermine civilized existence.
To secure the vital energy needed for our civilized future, a comprehensive “Systems Approach” is essential. We need to effectively leverage and integrate advanced technologies into critical infrastructure, as well as address challenges and vulnerabilities in cyber-security, physical attacks, solar weather and EMP events . Solutions to such enormous challenges demand the very best in human ingenuity coupled with efficient, sophisticated computing tools and rigorous methods to managing system risk and life-cycle decision support.
Now in its 7th year, Energytech seeks the convergence of the best minds in policy, systems engineering and applied technology to address some of the critical issues of our time. In addition to its strong systems and technology focus, the recurring theme, “Securing Our Energy Future” will address broad policy issues and big picture topics related to Energy and Critical Infrastructure. As shown in the “Program” tab, experts from Industry, Academia, and Government present a wide range of perspectives on these challenges.
Paper authors, panelists and presenters are encouraged to address ways in which advanced technology solutions, combined with Systems Engineering principles, processes and perspectives are performed today and how the critical infrastructure sectors such as energy will benefit from these practices. Topics of interest include technology insertion, process improvements, systems engineering and organizational governance of the systems we make, manage, operate and maintain over their life cycle.