Council of Competitiveness Announces New Energy Initiative

Since completing his PhD in physics from the University at Albany, a part of the State University of New York, Tomas Diaz de la Rubia has worked with various science and technology companies and currently performs as a director with Deloitte Consulting, LLP. In addition to his role with Deloitte, Tomas Diaz de la Rubia participates in activities sponsored by the Council on Competitiveness.

The Council of Competitiveness has endeavored for more than 25 years to help the United States reach its economic potential, advocating for reduction in debt and unemployment, promoting exports, and encouraging greater energy prosperity. At a recent meeting, the organization, along with the Alliance to Save Energy and the US Department of Energy, announced the start of a yearlong initiative, Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030, which aims to encourage the nation’s efforts to increase domestic energy productivity by 100 percent by 2030 from 2010 levels. The three groups have planned additional assemblies in North Carolina, Minnesota, and Washington state to discuss policies and field recommendations throughout 2015.

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2014 Deloitte Energy Conference Examines the Use of CO2 in Fracking

Tomas Diaz de la Rubia, Ph.D., has been active in the field of physics and energy administration for more than 25 years, and at present is a director of Deloitte Consulting. Most recently, Tomas Diaz de la Rubia served as panel chair and guest speaker at the recent 2014 Deloitte Energy Conference in Houston.

Joining several other energy industry leaders leaders, Dr. Díaz de la Rubia examined the impact of the ever-changing field of technology, and how major advancements could disrupt the current energy market. One of the most recent examples of this occurring is the increase of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” which has enabled energy producers to capitalize on shale oil and gas deposits throughout the United States. Following the renewed interest in fracking, panelists at the 2014 Conference examined potential innovations, such as the possibility of using carbon dioxide in place of water.

Recent fracking projects have come under significant criticism for their abundant use of water. Just one well can take more than 2 million gallons, which is especially problematic, since some wells are in arid regions. Although research into the use of carbon dioxide is still in its infancy, it shows several promising advantages. In addition to eliminating wastewater, carbon dioxide has a greater affinity to shale than natural gas, enhancing the production life-cycle of particular wells. And the carbon dioxide can be recaptured and permanently sealed underground, potentially reducing carbon emissions in the process.

Carbon dioxide fracking is already in use in places like Wyoming, which has an existing pipeline network, though analysts are cautious about the costs associated with the logistics of transitioning to a carbon dioxide-based infrastructure.

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Common Types of 3D Printers

Director of the Strategy Sector at Deloitte Consulting, LLP, Tomás Díaz de la Rubia previously served as the Deputy Director for Science and Technology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is dedicated to helping technology providers and Deloitte Consulting’s clients connect in ways that foster innovation and the successful commercialization of technology. Tomás Díaz de la Rubia advises clients on emerging technologies such as 3D printing.

Dating back to the 1980s, 3D printing has only become a commercially viable manufacturing option in recent years. Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing can use up to 98 percent of the relevant raw material whereas traditional subtractive manufacturing can waste up to 97 percent of the concerned raw material. There are different kinds of 3D printers with a variety of purposes, but they all rely on similar methods to create finished items.

Fused deposition modeling printers build items by extruding plastic filaments onto a base, one layer at a time. Sterolithography (SLA) printers are among the most common entry level machines. They use light-sensitive plastic and a high-powered source of light to build items cross section by cross section. Finally, the polyjet photopolymer printer deposits a liquid that is almost immediately hardened by UV light. Polyjet photopolymer printers can print with a variety of colors and material types.

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Council of Competitiveness Promotes U.S. Economic Environment

Since 2013, Dr. Tomás Díaz de la Rubia has served as director of Deloitte Consulting, LLP, and its strategy section. He works at the branch located in McLean, Virginia. In this position, he works closely with commercial and federal energy and resource clients. He also develops business models pertaining to partnerships with Deloitte clients and technology providers. When not in the office, Dr. Tomás Díaz de la Rubia serves on the Technology Leadership and Strategy Initiative for the Council of Competitiveness. He also is a member of the council’s initiatives on American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness.

Established in 1986, the Council of Competitiveness is a nongovernmental agency that involves chief executive officers, labor leaders, university presidents, and national laboratory directors. As a group, it aims to drive competitiveness within businesses and generate public policy solutions with an overall goal of making the United States more prosperous. It also has a 10-year goal to help the country create and implement at least 21 million jobs, reduce unemployment to 5 percent, and double its exports.

The Council of Competitiveness utilizes three key principles to promote its discipline, including sustainable energy, innovation, and economic resilience. Sustainable energy involves using energy efficiently through domestic resources, innovation pertains to the invention and investment of social and economic value, and economic resilience relates to bouncing back when ventures fail.

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American Physical Society Sponsors Conference on Quarks and Physics

Dr. Tomás Díaz de la Rubia works as director and Innovation Leader of the energy and resources practice at Deloitte Consulting, LLP. He works with clients to identify and capitalize on the emergence of potentially disruptive science advances and innovative new technologies that can impact the future of Oil and Gas, and Utility companies. Active within the academic and national laboratory R&D communities, Dr. Tomás Díaz de la Rubia was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in 2002.

Representing more than 50,000 members, the APS is a nonprofit association that works to advance physics through meetings, education, advocacy, and other activities. Through separate groups and initiatives, APS members interact with colleagues and stay current with changes made in physics.

Among the APS’ meetings and events scattered throughout the year is the International Conference on Quarks and Nuclear Physics. The event for 2015, scheduled for March 2-6, is the seventh annual held at Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Valparaiso, Chile. During the conference, attendees listen to more than 25 speakers who discuss quarks and gluons, nuclear matter, and hadron spectroscopy.

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Leading Organizations Ask Congress to Support Research Investments

Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, a Director at Deloitte Consulting, currently serves as the innovation leader for the Energy and Resources Industry practice.. He builds advises clients on the impact of emerging and potentially disruptive exponential technologies on the future of their industry, and builds relationships between public and private sector clients to develop new groundbreaking technologies. To further foster innovation and growth, Tomás Díaz de la Rubia is also active in the Council on Competitiveness, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the nation’s prosperity and global competiveness.

The Council on Competitiveness recently partnered with 13 other organizations to ask Congress to “Close the Innovation Deficit” by pledging significant federal funding to higher education and research. To protest the innovation deficit, or the disparity between actual and necessary federal funding, organizations like the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Council on Education united to sponsor a four-minute-long video for Congress. The video explains that recent research funding withdrawals could be extremely detrimental to national development in a world where other countries, like China, are currently boosting funding for research, technology, and education. Using a combination of sketches and text, the video illustrates the connection between research, national security, medical breakthroughs, and economic advances.

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The Council on Competitiveness Works Toward National Innovation

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