National Energy Security to Be Topic of UMass Amherst’s Annual Tang Engineering Lecture on October 8

AMHERST, Mass. – Marvin Schlanger, former president and CEO of the ARCO Chemical Co. and an alumnus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will deliver the College of Engineering’s 10th annual Tang Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. in Room 1009 at the Campus Center. A reception will follow the talk at 5 p.m.

Schlanger’s theme will be, “Can You Read with the Lights Out? The Case for Energy Security.” He says the fact that the United States imports 60 percent of its oil, much of it from state-controlled sources with their own national goals, represents a threat to the country’s economic and national security. The solution is to reduce demand through conservation and increase supply of both conventional and alternative renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar.

Schlanger will discuss the research and development he feels is needed to facilitate a transition away from dependence on imported oil, the government’s role in this process, trade-offs between competing special interests, and policy alternatives that can help to move the United States towards a secure energy future.

From 2000 to 2005, Schlanger served as chairman and chief executive officer of Resolution Performance Products, LLC, Houston, which later merged to become Hexion. He held various positions with ARCO from 1988 to 1998, most recently as president and CEO. Schlanger is now principal of Cherry Hill Chemical Investments, LLC, Philadelphia, which provides management services and capital to the chemical and allied industries. He is director and vice chairman of the board at Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc., chairman of the board of CEVA Group, plc., a member the board of UGI Corp. and UGI Utilities Inc., Momentive Performance Materials Inc., AmeriGas Partners, LP, and CEVA Group, plc.

The Shirley and Ting-wei Tang Endowment Lecture Series brings leaders of engineering-based companies to campus to interact with students and faculty and present a major talk. Shirley Tang is a retired academic advisor for the United Asia Learning Resource Center. Emeritus Professor Ting-wei Tang recently completed a distinguished career of 38 years at UMass Amherst. An internationally recognized expert in numerical modeling of semiconductor devices, Tang was elected as an IEEE Fellow in 1999. Last spring, he received the 2009 Distinguished Faculty Award from UMass Amherst.