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Back to the Future: An Historical Overview of Energy Week

September 30, 2016 • Categories: Annual Report

Ew Themes Graphic

Remembering back to October 2007 and the first-ever Notre Dame Energy Week triggers thoughtful reflection of the many events that were held over the last decade to raise awareness of major energy issues. These events provided meaning and purpose to the array of actions that subsequently followed. These actions give us reason today to pause and celebrate the 10th

Panel discussion to focus on university-city partnerships

September 27, 2016

University Of Notre Dame And South Bend

A panel discussion focusing on the importance of universities and cities working together to help solve pressing problems will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 29) at the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

ND Energy Announces Final Plans for the 10th Annual Notre Dame Energy Week – October 3-7

September 23, 2016 • Categories: ND Energy


A full slate of energy-related events is being scheduled for the week of October 2nd as the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) prepares for its annual Notre Dame Energy Week. Celebrating its 10th year, the week will feature academic lectures and interactive events with the goal of increasing awareness of energy issues.

Jay LaVerne joins U.S. Department of Energy “Dream Team” to aid in Nuclear Waste Cleanup

September 23, 2016 • Categories: ND Energy


ND Energy affiliated faculty member, Jay LaVerne, professional specialist and concurrent professor of radiation physics, has joined a “dream team” of experts to study the chemical reactions that cause nuclear waste to change over time, with the goal of identifying safe, permanent storage for the radioactive material. The nuclear waste is left over from the Manhattan Project, a research and development project that produced the first nuclear weapons during World War II.

ND Energy Recognizes New Endowed Faculty Appointees William F. Schneider and Tengfei Luo

September 21, 2016 • Categories: Annual Report and ND Energy

Peter Kilpatrick, Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, recently announced and introduced the college’s new endowed faculty appointees. The honorees are Nitesh V. Chawla, Martin Haenggi, William F. Schneider, Nicholas J. Zabaras, Diogo Bolster, Tengfei Luo, Alexandros A. Taflanidis.…

Notre Dame to implement ‘ambitious, realistic’ sustainability plan

September 21, 2016

Golden Dome Fall

University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., accepted Tuesday (Sept. 20) a committee’s recommendations for creating a comprehensive sustainability strategy for the University that is at once “ambitious and yet realistic.”

IDEA Center Created to Catalyze New Research, Innovation, Commercialization Initiatives

September 16, 2016

The University of Notre Dame will create new innovation and commercialization initiatives under a new entity to be known as the IDEA Center — standing for Innovation, Discovery and Enterprise Acceleration.

ND Energy’s RET Teacher Named a Finalist for the 2017 Indiana Teacher of the Year

September 08, 2016

ND Energy congratulates former RET Teacher, John Gensic, for being nominated as a finalist for the 2017 Teacher of the Year.  John Gensic is a biology teacher at Penn High School and participated in our RET program in the summers of 2014 and 2015.  Please visit WNDU’s website

Annual research funding at Notre Dame tops $128 million

September 08, 2016

Notre Dame has received $128 million in research funding for fiscal year 2016—the second highest in its history. In fiscal year 2015, the University’s research funding was its highest of all time, reaching $133 million.

Leading globally requires science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)

September 06, 2016 • Categories: ND Energy

Ann Rutherford Sunil Happy To Be Doing Research

The success of our youth and their ability to become global leaders who are equipped to solve the most pressing challenges of our nation and our world will depend on the skills they learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math – collectively known as STEM education.1

Clues in Ancient Mud Hold Answers to Climate Change

September 06, 2016

Berke On Malawi 300

From the depths of Lake Malawi, Melissa Berke has helped uncover evidence that offers new insights into a long-held theory about Africa’s climate history.

Notre Dame researchers find transition point in semiconductor nanomaterials

September 01, 2016

Boldizsar Janko, left, Rusha Chatterjee and Masaru Kuno stand in the Kuno lab at Notre Dame

Collaborative research at the University of Notre Dame has demonstrated that electronic interactions play a significant role in the dimensional crossover of semiconductor nanomaterials. The laboratory of Masaru Kuno, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and the condensed matter theory group of Boldizsár Jankó, professor of physics, have now shown that a critical length scale marks the transition between a zero-dimensional, quantum dot and a one-dimensional nanowire.