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Faculty hiring initiative supports Notre Dame’s ongoing investments in research

December 20, 2013 • Categories: ND Energy

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Building on the momentum of its recent Strategic Research Investment initiative — which committed $80 million in internal resources to 14 research projects — the University of Notre Dame has announced the winning proposals in a new strategic hiring initiative. The initiative, which is a key component in the University’s Advancing Our Vision program, will create approximately 80 faculty positions in 10 key areas of research across campus, drawing on $10 million in annual funds that have been reallocated from lower-priority expenditures to this academic priority.

cSEND faculty receive competitive awards through Notre Dame’s Global Collaboration Initiative (GCI)

December 13, 2013 • Categories: Annual Report and ND Energy

cSEND faculty members – Tengfei Luo, Elaine Zhu, Haifeng Gao, and Bill Phillip – were among the inaugural recipients of the highly competitive grants that were awarded through the Global Collaboration Initiative (GCI). Sponsored by Notre Dame International (NDI), nine (9) grants of $10,000 to $20,000 per year, with the possibility of renewal up to three years, were made to Notre Dame faculty engaged in research with colleagues at partner

2013 ND-GAIN data show world’s poorest countries lag 100 years behind richest in preparing for climate change

December 13, 2013 • Categories: ND Energy


It will take the world’s poorest countries more than one century just to reach the level of climate change readiness that the richest countries already enjoy, according to data released Thursday (Dec. 12) by the 2013 University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN).

Grace Xing receives U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy grant

December 12, 2013 • Categories: Annual Report and ND Energy

Grace Xing

A team led by Huili (Grace) Xing, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded a $2,496,428 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program for projects aimed at developing next-generation power conversion devices that could dramatically transform how power is controlled and converted through the grid.

Notre Dame’s Reilly Center releases list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology

December 12, 2013 • Categories: Annual Report and ND Energy

Reilly Center

As a new year approaches, the University of Notre Dame’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has released its annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2014.

Amy Hixon Joins the cSEND Faculty

December 12, 2013 • Categories: Annual Report and ND Energy


The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (cSEND) is pleased to announce that Dr. Amy Hixon, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, has joined the cSEND faculty. Please join us in welcoming her to cSEND and wishing her well as she contributes to the research developments in nuclear energy at Notre Dame.…

Franklin Orr Nominated for Under Secretary for Science and Energy at DOE

November 15, 2013 • Categories: Annual Report, ND Energy, and SEI


The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (cSEND) is delighted to share the following news release from The White House that announces President Obama's intent to nominate Dr. Franklin Orr for Under Secretary for Science, Department of Energy. Dr. Orr is a member of the cSEND Technical Advisory Board

In memoriam: Roger Schmitz, Notre Dame engineering professor and academic administrator

October 16, 2013

Roger A. Schmitz, professor emeritus of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Notre Dame, died at his home in South Bend Friday (Oct. 11) after a courageous and dignified struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 78.…

Joan F. Brennecke awarded American Chemical Society's E.V. Murphree Award

October 07, 2013 • Categories: Annual Report, ND Energy, and SEI

Joan Brennecke with a graduate student in her lab

Joan F. Brennecke, Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Molecular Engineering and director of the University of Notre Dame Center for Sustainable Energy, has been awarded the E.V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for outstanding research of a theoretical or experimental nature.

Notre Dame hosts seventh annual energy week

September 29, 2013 • Categories: Annual Report and ND Energy

Notre Dame Energy Week

The University of Notre Dame will host its seventh annual Notre Dame Energy Week from Sept. 29 through Oct. 4 (Sunday through Friday) at various campus locations.

Sponsored by the Student Advisory Board of the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame and greeND, Energy Week provides educational programs that promote general awareness and increased understanding of issues and topics related to sustainable energy.

ND-LEEF to host Science Sunday

September 13, 2013

The University of Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF) will host its inaugural “Science Sunday” from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at St. Patrick’s County Park in South Bend. Scientists from Notre Dame will be on site to discuss their current research at ND-LEEF.…

Hessert Laboratory for Aerospace Research expands facility

August 16, 2013

Aerospace Engineering professor Tom Corke speaks with undergraduates at the wind tunnel at the White Field facility

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The University of Notre Dame’s Hessert Laboratory for Aerospace Research has added new laboratory space to its White Field facility.

The White Field facility opened in 2008 and was primarily designed to house three facilities: a 1750-horsepower, Mach 0.6 wind tunnel, a 400-horsepower transonic compressor facility and an 800-horsepower transonic turbine facility. A component of the University’s Center for Flow Physics and Control (FlowPac), the White Field Laboratory was designed to enhance the Notre Dame’s long history of aerospace research through the use of wind tunnels and other simulation equipment. It enables researchers to run experiments at high speeds, much closer to real flight conditions, including experiments preparing for the coming generations of ultra-efficient airplanes, including pilotless vehicles.

cSEND Leadership Update

August 15, 2013 • Categories: Annual Report, ND Energy, and SEI

Joan Brennecke, cSEND Director and Keating-Crawford Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, recently announced a change in leadership within the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (cSEND).


Effective August 26, 2013, Kenneth Henderson, Department Chair and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will step down as Associate Director. Ken has served in this capacity since the inception of the Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) in 2010. During his tenure, Ken has contributed greatly to the success of the SEI and cSEND. The following list describes a few of the major accomplishments:…

New Nano Catalyst for Water Treatment Featured in the Cover of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering’s Special Issue on Sustainable Nanotechnology

August 01, 2013 • Categories: Annual Report and SEI



In the recent issue of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering published in July 1, 2013, a research article written by Professor Chongzheng Na and two postdoctoral fellows, Drs. Haitao Wang and Zhuxin Dong, is featured in the cover (cover image

DOE Office of Science Selects 68 Promising Researchers for Early Career Research Awards

May 13, 2013 • Categories: Annual Report, ND Energy, and SEI

Program aims to strengthen America's scientific workforce and focus scientists on critical mission areas.

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Science announced today that 68 scientists from across the nation have been selected for five-year awards under the Office's Early Career Research Program. The five-year awards are designed to bolster the nation's scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work.

Notre Dame Science Article on the Sustainble Energy Initiative

March 20, 2013 • Categories: Annual Report, ND Energy, and SEI


Notre Dame Science is the magazine of the College of Science, featuring faculty and student research, education, and news across the college. The digital version of the magazine allows readers to flip through each page and experience interactive content such as videos and links that complement each story. Viewers can enlarge sections, download and pass interesting sections onto other people.…

Notre Dame to host multidisciplinary climate conference

March 13, 2013

Climate Change and the Common Good

The University of Notre Dame will host “Climate Change and the Common Good,” a national conference addressing the multifaceted challenges presented by our changing climate, on April 8-10 (Monday-Wednesday). The event will engage nationally recognized scientists, ethicists and strategists in conversation with students, faculty, administrators and members of the broader community.

“We know that climate change will disproportionately impact the poor and vulnerable, those who have contributed the least to our present energy and environmental crisis,” said Rev. William M. Lies, C.S.C., vice president for mission engagement and church affairs at Notre Dame. “By coming together as a community to learn about these challenges and the paths to solutions, we can better answer God’s call for us to be stewards of the finite gifts of our planet.”

Malawian inventor brings inspirational story to Notre Dame

March 06, 2013

William Kamkwamba

William Kamkwamba, author of “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope,” will be speaking at 7 p.m. March 18 (Monday) at the University of Notre Dame Conference Center, following a special performance from African singing troupe Voices of Mercy. The event is free and open to the public.

Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where modern science was mystery in a land withered by drought and hunger. After being forced to drop out of school because his family could not afford tuition, he regularly visited his village’s library. There, he found the book “Using Energy,” and discovered an explanation of windmills. Kamkwamba dreamed of building a windmill that would bring his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water.

Irish Innovation Fund Established to Assist Student-led Start-ups

February 26, 2013

Notre Dame engineering graduate students

A new $3.5-million fund at the University of Notre Dame has been established to help launch student-led ventures and further strengthen the educational component of the University’s ESTEEM Graduate Program.

The funds for the program will be from gifts made to the University by John Jeuck, the former dean of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, in honor of his close personal friend, Philip J. Purcell III, a member of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees.

The ESTEEM (Engineering, Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship Excellence Master’s) Program is the first multi-disciplinary graduate program in Notre Dame’s history. Developed in collaboration with the College of Science, the College of Engineering, and the Mendoza College of Business, and housed at the University’s state-of-the-art Innovation Park, ESTEEM provides Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-educated students an unparalleled opportunity to deepen their technical talents while also learning the business and innovation skills they need to commercialize research and bring new ideas and technological advancements to market.

National Academy of Engineering Elects 69 Members And 11 Foreign Associates

February 08, 2013 • Categories: Annual Report and ND Energy

We are delighted to share the following statement and subsequent article regarding the election of Thomas Degnan to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Tom has been a long-time supporter of the University and the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (cSEND). He has served in various advisory roles since the center's inception in 2005 and continues to volunteer his services as an active member of cSEND's Alumni Advisory Board

Dorms to compete in energy-saving 'Megawatt Madness'

February 04, 2013

Megawatt Madness

This month, students on the University of Notre Dame campus will experience a new kind of dorm energy competition. Megawatt Madness will match up dorms in head-to-head competitions to see which residence hall can implement the most energy-saving practices. Dorm match-ups will rotate each week. The competition runs for three weeks, from Feb. 4 (Monday) through Feb. 24 (Sunday), giving every dorm a good shot at being a winner.

“Each dorm gets to start over and play a new opponent each week, so the structure of the competition really keeps students engaged,” says Kate Christian, vice president of GreeND, which is sponsoring the competition. “At the end of the competition, your dorm will have a menu of prizes to choose from if a hall has won one, two or all three competitions. The more wins, the bigger the prize.”

Notre Dame to be part of $194-million university research center network focused on next-generation microelectronics

January 18, 2013

Clean room in Stinson-Remick Hall Engineering professor Greg Snider, left, with graduate students in the Clean Room in Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering.

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The University of Notre Dame has been selected to lead one of six new university microelectronics research centers that will share $194 million in funding from the Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to support the continued growth and leadership of the U.S. semiconductor industry.

Notre Dame’s center is titled the Center for Low Energy Systems Technology (LEAST).