April 2009 Outreach

Events for Dr. Richard Komp in Omaha
April 13-28, 2009

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Public Event / [Closed Event]

MONDAY, April 13 –
[10-Noon – Aim For The Stars meeting, UNO, for education]
7-8:30 p.m. - Public lecture: Humanitarian Outreach with Solar Energy - First United Methodist Church (7020 Cass St.)

TUESDAY, April 14
[9:40-Noon – education at Marrs Magnet Center]
7-8:30 p.m. - Public lecture: The Pizza Shoppe and Pub (6056 Maple St.)

[10:30-11:30 a.m. – Meeting with Congressman Lee Terry (closed)]

THURSDAY, April 16
[1-2:15 p.m. - Lecture at PKI Intro to Design course, beginning architects and designers, 100 student class on passive solar design principles.]
7-8:15 p.m. – Public Lecture: Dana College, Blair (Durham Center, room 125)

FRIDAY, April 17
[Noon-1 p.m. - Environmental biology lab class]
[7-8:15 p.m. - Reception for engineers, architects, and building industry professionals, discussion following - University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, Room 252]

SATURDAY, April 18
Noon-6 p.m. - Earth Day Omaha, Elmwood Park (postponed until SATURDAY, April 25)

SUNDAY, April 19
Noon-5 p.m. - Earth Day Lincoln, UNL City Campus, 12th & R St., http://www.lincolnearthday.org/

MONDAY, April 20
[TBD - Meeting with Architecture Dept., UNL]
[11:45-1:30 p.m. - Meeting Bar None Program, program review]
[2-3:30 p.m. - Meeting with Moseman at Nebraska Energy Office (set).]
[4:30-5:30 p.m. - Presentation to Architecture & Engineering Colleges, Faculty/Student Invite, UNL, Walter Scott Engineering Center, room 237]

TUESDAY, April 21
Noon and 1 p.m. - Two, one-hour "edutainment" lectures at the UNO Milo Bail Student Center, hosted by UNO's Maverick Productions
7-8:30 p.m. - Public lecture at El Museo Latino (4701 S 25th St.)

Official Earth Day date
[9:30-11:30 a.m. - education at King Science Center]
[1:30-2:30 p.m. - 2nd grade class at Lothrop]

7-9 p.m. - Progressive Omaha Film Group, McFoster's Natural Kind Café (302 S. 38th St.)

THURSDAY, April 23
[9:30-11:30 a.m. - education at King Science Center]
[12:30-2:30 p.m. - at Lothrop, 3rd grade 12:30-1:30 p.m., 4th grade 1:30-2:30 p.m.]

7-8:30 p.m. - Public lecture at King Science Center (3720 Florence Blvd.), with Omaha Astronomy Club for viewing on football field after lecture

FRIDAY, April 24
[All day educational outreach at Lewis and Clark, with Johnson Brock Middle School. Part of day education with students will be energy analysis on building and discussing how to set up a solar panel on a school for in-house energy to study in the classroom.  Both L & C and Johnson Brock Jr High are very interested in this.]

7-8:30 p.m. - Public lecture at Lewis and Clark Jr. High School (6901 Burt St.)

SATURDAY, April 25
9-Noon - Energy education seminar and public outreach at Beveridge Magnet Center (1616 S. 120th St.) THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to Earth Day - come to Elmwood Park to see Dr. Komp from Noon to 6 p.m.
Noon-6 p.m. - Earth Day Omaha (keynote by Dr. Richard Komp)(featuring: 6-foot satellite dish as solar cooker, 1980 electric car, electric lawn mower, electric bike, electric motorcycle conversion, and many interesting smaller items to view), Elmwood Park

MONDAY, April 27
Luncheon and afternoon education with students at Midland Lutheran College, Fremont
[6:30-8 p.m. - Public Lecture: Midland Lutheran College, Eppley Auditorium, 8th St. and Irving St, Fremont]


April Educator: Dr. Richard Komp

This coming April, NSES will host an international solar energy expert for educational outreach in the Omaha and Lincoln areas.  His name is Dr. Richard Komp, and he has a PhD in Physical Chemistry, a Minor in Physics, and has conducted on-going research on solar panels since 1960.  Dr. Komp lives in an off-grid home he designed and built in Jonesport, Maine, and travels internationally teaching solar energy education with a 501(C)(3) non-profit, Skyheat Associates  www.skyheat.org.  He is president of the Maine Solar Energy Society, and has written the Passive Solar Primer, and Practical Photovoltaics. Electricity from Solar Cells.  Additionally, he has numerous referred journal publications, and is a visiting professor at the University of Nicaragua, where he teaches electrical engineering and architecture.  He is also a visiting professional at the National Institute of Engineering (NIE) in Mysore, India where he is a thesis adviser for seniors researching a variety of solar energy projects.  He is Vice President of research and development of SunWatt Corporation, which manufactures photovoltaic’s (PV for short).  Dr. Komp is Executive Director of Skyeat Associates, a nonprofit organization based in Jonesport, Maine, that researches and promotes renewable energy technologies.  He is President of the Maine Solar Energy Association (MSEA) www.mainesolar.org  and is active in the American Solar Energy  Society (ASES).

Prior to his visit with us, he will have completed two major winter projects abroad.  The first is a project working with Groupo Fenix in Nicaragua, building and installing solar panel systems on over 900 satellite schools providing electricity for evening education literacy programs for the campenistas, the peasants, who have not had education since the schools were closed in 1973 during the Contra Warwith the Sandanistas in Nicaragua.  The Groupo Fenix, that Dr. Komp  formed with several others, is re-building defective solar panels from the US to provide electricity to the schools so the people may study at the end of their workday.  A second project is new for Dr. Komp, and will be with the Barefoot Artists Program in Rwanda.  He will be teaching a group of Hutu and Tutsis women how to build solar panels as a community business, the group will be quite similar to Groupo Fenix, and the results of their first project will be solar panels for the new Genocide Museum of Rwanda, and panels for a nearby school.

Visit the following link for a full listing of Dr. Komp’s resume.

2010 NSES Sponsors:

Corporate Sponsor(s):

2009 Sponsors:

Corporate Sponsors:

  • Maverick Productions, UNO
  • NASA Nebraska Space Grant
  • Contrivium Design + Urbanism
  • EV World
  • Nebraska Renewable Energy Sources

Contributing Sponsors:

  • USGBC Flatwater Chapter
  • Lewis Pinch
  • Russell and Jetty Rabeler
  • Olsson Associates
  • Windrow Energies, LLC
  • Nebraska Renewable Energy Association
  • Solar Heat and Electric
  • Focus Energy Group