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May 01, 2008

Young Alum Happy Hour: Roosevelt's Pub

Join your fellow young alums for free appetizers, cheap drinks, sports and great conversation at Roosevelt's Pub in Philadelphia. Come before 7 to catch a great special, and expect lots of sports on from 7 to 9! Cliff Choute '04 will host this Happy Hour -- for more information, you may contact Cliff at choute@gmail.com or 617-312-3316.

Date: Thursday, May 1st
Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm
Location: Roosevelt's Pub
               2222 Walnut St
               Philadelphia 19103
Phone: 215-569-8879
Map & Directions

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May 17, 2008

Young Alum Volunteer Day at the
Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals

Francisvale Logo Join MIT young alums from around the Delaware Valley as they take part in our Volunteer Day at the Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals. Most of the effort will be taking care of the 16 acres of grounds, so come dressed for the yard.
DogGabriel Weinberg '01 is organizing this activity, and can provide more details; contact info is given below.

CatFrancisvale is an animal shelter that has been in continuous operation for 99 years, having been founded 111 years ago. It's "mission is a no kill shelter, accepting adoptable cats and dogs, providing loving care while looking for permanent homes."

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2008

Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Location: Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals
         328 New Gulph Road, Wayne, PA 19087
         Phone: 610-688-1018
         Francisvale Web site, Directions

Reservations: use this RSVP Web Site

Public Transportation:
The shelter is near the County Line SEPTA station (Norristown Line) and relatively close to the Villanova SEPTA station (R5). If you need to take this public transportation contact Gabriel for assistance in making the final leg to the site.

For Questions: Gabriel Weinberg, 617-974-2456
         e-mail: yegg@alum.mit.edu

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May 29, 2008

Energy Sustainability Through High-Performance and Colossal Batteries
MIT Prof. Donald R. Sadoway
John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry

Prof. Sadoway on the Seine Do you drive a hybrid car – how long will its battery last? What is needed to make electric cars viable transportation for the masses? How do we advance in alternative energy sources, with their critical need to store energy for later use?
Prof. Donald Sadoway is in the technological forefront with his research on innovative batteries, both portable and stationary. His central theme is that the road to sustainability is paved with advanced materials. Advances in portable rechargeable batteries would enable widespread adoption of practical electric vehicles, taking us beyond hybrids and obviating the need for fuel cells. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions plus the freedom from reliance on overseas sources of petroleum with its attendant geopolitical implications give special value to an all-electric fleet.
batteryInnovation in stationary electrical energy storage at high amperage would enable us to store off-peak power from the grid for subsequent delivery on demand during high-usage periods. This would have the effect of increasing the nation’s generating capacity while avoiding new construction of power stations or transmission lines or both. Adoption of alternative energy sources such as wind or photovoltaic generation also hinge to a large extent on the advent of proper storage technology. Thus the need for colossal storage batteries. Prof. Sadoway will discuss his cutting-edge work in battery technology, presenting examples of innovation in both portable and stationary energy storage.

Prof. Sadoway at 77 Mass AveDonald Sadoway is the John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. He obtained the B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science, the M.A.Sc. in Chemical Metallurgy, and the Ph.D. in Chemical Metallurgy, all from the University of Toronto. After a year of postdoctoral study at MIT as a NATO Fellow, Dr. Sadoway joined the faculty in 1978.
The author of over 125 scientific papers and holder of 14 U.S. patents, his basic research centers on electrochemical processes in molten salts, liquefied gases, and polymers. With a markedly environmental focus his applied research is directed towards the development of rechargeable batteries for portable power applications, stationary batteries with colossal current capability for storage and delivery of off-peak power, and environmentally sound technologies for the extraction, refining, and recycling of metals. He is a Member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences. From 1995 to 2005 he held a MacVicar Faculty Fellowship, MIT’s highest award for excellence in undergraduate education.

Date: Thursday, May 29, 2008

Time: 6:00 PM - Social Hour - cash bar
         7:00 - Dinner (roast prime rib, baked lemon chicken, or fillet of flounder)
         8:00 - Prof. Sadoway

Location: Ramada Philadelphia Airport
         76 Industrial Highway, Rte. 291, Essington, PA 19029
         Phone: 610-521-9600
         Ramada Web site, Ramada map
         Easy Directions - see note below

Cost: $30 for Dues-paying Club members & their guests
        $40 for non-members
        $20 for Young Alumni members ('98 or later)
        $30 for Young Alumni non-members ('98 or later)

Reservations: via MIT Infinite Connection (by Monday May 26):

Club Membership -- Join or Renew on-line:

For Questions: Lucie Wilkens, 610-444-3242
         e-mail: L.S.Wilkens@alum.mit.edu

From I-95 (N or S) take exit 9A (Essington). Turn right at the light onto the Industrial Highway, Rte. 291. Hotel is 0.4 mile on the left.

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