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Alumni Lecture 2: David Sholl, Georgia Tech, Title: “How to have outrageously good ideas”


Friday, September 24, 2021 - 1:00pm


163C Campus Center


The first Alumni lecture is Thursday, September 23.

Hosts:  Peng Bai


Generating good ideas is critical in doing successful scientific research and many other career paths. The process of generating good ideas, however, is largely ignored in research training. Just as with other skills, the ability to generate ideas is something that can be honed and improved. In this talk I will discuss several heuristics that can be used to systematically generate creative ideas.



David Sholl is the Director of the Transformational Decarbonization Initiative at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. From 2013-2021 David was the School Chair of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. David’s research uses computational materials modeling to accelerate development of new materials for energy-related applications and carbon dioxide mitigation. He has published over 370 papers that have received over 21,000 citations. He has also written a textbook on Density Functional Theory, a novel, Polyphony, and a book for early career researchers, Success and Creativity in Scientific Research. David is on the Board of Directors of AIChE and in 2020 chaired the inaugural Gordon Research Conference on Chemical Separations.


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