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Department of Energy Honors Notre Dame Professor

December 22, 2009

Joan F. Brennecke, the Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the University of Notre Dame Energy Center, has been chosen to receive the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award from the United States Department of Energy (DOE).

Presented by the secretary of energy, the Lawrence Award honors scientists and engineers at mid-career for their exceptional contributions in research and development supporting the DOE

University of Notre Dame What Would You Fight For Nuclear Energy

November 23, 2009

At Notre Dame's Energy Frontier Research Center, led by Peter C. Burns, Massman Chair and Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences, researchers are laying the scientific groundwork for fundamental advances in such areas as solar energy, biofuels, clean coal and nuclear energy. View video

Energy Week 2009

October 01, 2009

ND Today (The Notre Dame Alumni Association E-Newsletter)
October 2009
Building on the success of last year’s program, Notre Dame held its third annual Energy Week September 13-19 on campus. Several activities throughout the week focused on educating students about the world’s energy crisis, and informing them about what the University is doing in terms of energy-related research to address these energy challenges.…

Notre Dame Joins Indiana Energy Consortium

September 25, 2009

The University of Notre Dame Energy Center has joined the Indiana Consortium for Research in Energy Systems and Policy (CRESP). The center joins founding partners Indiana University, Purdue University and Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis in this multidisciplinary organization designed to promote energy focused collaborative investigations and educational opportunities among faculty and researchers at the partner universities.…

Maginn Receives Inaugural CoMSEF Early Career Award

September 14, 2009

Edward J. Maginn, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Notre Dame, is the recipient of the inaugural American Institute of Chemical Engineers CoMSEF (Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum) award for outstanding research.

Maginn was cited for his “development of algorithms to use molecular simulation to study fundamental thermodynamics and transport behavior and his specific contributions to the understanding of nanoporous materials and ionic liquids.”…

Notre Dame to Host Third Annual Energy Week

September 10, 2009

The University of Notre Dame will observe its third annual Energy Week from Sept. 13 to 19 (Sunday to Saturday) with the theme “Green is the new Black.”

Organized by members of the Student Advisory Board of the Notre Dame Energy Center, each day of Energy Week will feature energy education and awareness activities, including participation from major energy companies, lectures on renewable energy sources, tours of both the Notre Dame power plant and the New Energy Ethanol Plant, and screenings of documentaries and energy-focused movies, such as “Fuel” and “Earth.”…

Catholic Universities to Gather at Notre Dame to Address Sustainability

August 20, 2009

The University of Notre Dame this fall will host “Renewing the Campus: Sustainability and the Catholic University,” the first national conference dedicated to advancing the engagement of Catholic universities with the most pressing environmental challenges of our time.

The conference, which will be held Oct. 9 to 11 (Friday to Sunday) on the Notre Dame campus, will bring together faculty, students, administrators and clergy from Catholic universities across the country to explore the connections between Catholic theology and social thought and the science and practice of environmental sustainability.…

Notre Dame Receives Funding for Energy Frontier Research Center

August 07, 2009

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced the delivery of $18.5 million in funding to the University of Notre Dame for an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC).

The EFRCs, which will pursue advanced scientific research on energy, are being established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science at universities, national laboratories, nonprofit organizations and private firms across the nation.…

Obama Names Notre Dame as Recipient of Electric Vehicle Education Grant

August 06, 2009

The University of Notre Dame is one of the recipients of a $6.1 million federal stimulus grant to develop degree and training programs for electric vehicles, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday (Aug. 5) during a speech in Wakarusa, Ind.

The Indiana Advanced Electric Vehicle Training and Education Consortium will be led by Purdue University and also includes Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue University Calumet and Indiana University Northwest. The consortium’s goal is to educate and train the workforce needed to design, manufacture and maintain advanced electric vehicles and associated infrastructure.…

Kamat Named to Editorial Position With New ACS Journal

June 15, 2009

The American Chemical Society has named Prashant Kamat, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, deputy editor of the forthcoming publication Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Addressing the most urgent research results across all areas of physical chemistry, the new journal will publish concise reports exclusively in an online format.…

Tony Earley Elected EEI Chairman; Richard Kelly, Tom Farrell and Lew Hay to Serve as Vice-Chairmen

June 01, 2009

June 2009
Tony Earley is a member of the University of Notre Dame College of Engineering Advisory Council and the Industrial Advisory Board for the Notre Dame Energy Center.…

ND Receives Uptime Institute’s Green Enterprise IT Award

May 22, 2009

The University of Notre Dame is a recipient of a 2009 Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Award, presented by the Uptime Institute and co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Award winners were announced at a ceremony at Uptime Institute’s fourth annual Institute Research Symposium held in New York City last month.…

Energy Center Director Tours Wind Farm on Maui

March 01, 2009


March 2009

Joan F. Brennecke, Energy Center Director, stands atop this 90 meter (296 feet) tall wind turbine, owned and operated by Firstwind http://www.firstwind.com/. The wind farm is located in Maui, Hawaii and consists of 20 wind turbines, each capable of 1.5 MW. Firstwind currently supplies about 8% of the electricity for Maui.…

Homeland Security Official Named Energy Center Managing Director

February 03, 2009

Patrick M. Murphy, most recently program manager in charge of electric power systems research for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has been named managing director of the Notre Dame Energy Center. He will assume his new position April 6.

“With his experience in operations and research supporting energy technologies, Patrick Murphy is an exciting addition to our team,”said center director and Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Joan F. Brennecke.…

Notre Dame Panel to Discuss Future of Electric Power

February 02, 2009

A panel of energy industry experts will discuss the future of electric power and energy Feb. 25 (Wednesday) from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Center for Continuing Education at the University of Notre Dame.

The discussion, which will be led by moderator Joan F. Brennecke, Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the Notre Dame Energy Center, is free and open to the public.…