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Explore Notre Dame Research during the Alumni Reunion on June 2

May 24, 2017 • Categories: ND Energy

During the Alumni Association’s annual reunion event, Notre Dame Research will host an open house from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the first Friday of June.

2017 Steiner Awards: Honoring Undergraduate Excellence

May 23, 2017

ND Energy congratulates Tessa Clarizio, Energy Studies Minor Graduate, for this outstanding award.

The College of Engineering is pleased to announce the 2017 winners of the Reverend Thomas A. Steiner Award. They, like the namesake of the award, will no doubt have a great impact on their individual fields and the lives of those with whom they come in contact.…

The Career Center Announces 2017 SunShot Innovators Program

May 22, 2017

Graduate Portrait

For students who don't have definitive longer-term post-graduate plans, the following posting from the U.S. Department of Energy might be of interest. Students should plan accordingly, as the hiring process could take up to 90 days. Students should also consider including a relevant Letter of Reference with their current resume, revised to the federal government format. An example of the format can be viewed in the Career Development Guide 

2016 ND Energy Annual Report

May 19, 2017

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am pleased to share with you the 2016 Annual Report for the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy). The attached report highlights major activities and accomplishments in energy research and education at the University of Notre Dame. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me or any member of the ND Energy team.…

Notre Dame Researchers receive Prestigious National Science Foundation Awards

May 17, 2017

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recognized 10 University of Notre Dame faculty members for their excellence in research with Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards.

Faculty recognized for Excellence in Student Engagement and Advising

May 17, 2017

Twenty faculty members have received Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and three have been honored with Dockweiler Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

ND Law Professor Bruce Huber Earns Tenure

May 16, 2017

Bruce Huber has been granted tenure as a professor of law at Notre Dame Law School.

“This is a moment I’ve been looking forward to for 12 years – since I started down the road toward becoming a legal academic. I started a Ph.D. program in Berkeley specifically with this end in mind,” Huber said.

Dick Notebaert to address the 2017 Graduate School Commencement Ceremony

May 09, 2017

Richard C. Notebaert

Notebaert is the chairman emeritus of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees, and the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Qwest Communications Inc.

2017 Naughton Fellowship Awardees Announced

May 08, 2017

2014 Inside Track Ireland 3906

The research fellowships were awarded to undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. students from the University of Notre Dame and from five universities in Ireland.

Funding scientific research fuels job creation

April 26, 2017

Sparking Economic Growth

Notre Dame researchers have contributed both to the local and national economies through government-funded grants.

Energy Studies Minor 2017 Graduating Class

April 21, 2017

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The number of students graduating from Notre Dame with the Energy Studies Minor continues to rise. On May 19, ND Energy will host its first reception for 22 graduates and their families. As in the past, the minor, housed in the College of Engineering, attracts students from across the University. Many plan to work in the energy sector, while others joined to become more informed about issues they are passionate about. All agree that the variety of course offerings allowed them the freedom to examine aspects of the energy challenge from many different angles.  

ND Energy's Community Outreach

April 21, 2017

Energizing the Alumni during Winter Sports Weekend

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Thanks to Andrew Schranck,
Anshumaan Bajpai, Erik Foster
and Tyler Spano for giving up their
Saturday afternoon to help out.

Beginning the New Year with a new partnership, ND Energy participated in the Alumni Association’s roll out of “ND for the Environment.” On Saturday, January 7, while undergraduates were still home on break, alumni and friends of the University spent time on campus for the annual “Winter Sports Weekend.” Before heading to the men’s basketball victory over the Clemson Tigers, 250 visitors stopped by the Jordan Hall of Science to learn about energy research on campus and other sustainability efforts. Graduate students affiliated with ND Energy provided hands-on activities related to their solar and fuel cell research in addition to a demonstration of separation techniques and their usage to create new materials. Our popular “smoothie bike” gave visitors the chance to transfer some of their energy into a blender for a delicious treat.…

ND Energy's Campus Outreach

April 20, 2017

Distinguished Lecture Series ’16-‘17: The Solar Series

This year’s distinguished lecture series evolved out of a survey showing that the number one energy topic of interest to students was solar energy. Beginning during Energy Week in October and finishing up just after spring break, four events examined solar from a variety of angles: policy, technology, history, business, even psychology. …

Student Fellowships in Energy-related Research Announced for 2017

April 20, 2017


ND Energy has announced the recipients of the prestigious fellowship awards in energy research for 2017. Students compete annually for The Vincent P. Slatt Fellowship for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes, The Forgash Fellowship for Research in Solar Energy

Nitesh Chawla named recipient of 1st Source Bank’s 2017 Commercialization Award

April 19, 2017

Nitesh Chawla

Chawla received the award, which carries a $20,000 cash prize, for innovating a new data science software, Aunsight, allowing data scientists and business analysts to deliver on the business value proposition of big data analytics.

Fourth annual Notre Dame Day – a global celebration of the University community

April 19, 2017

Notre Dame Day

The University of Notre Dame family will come together on campus and around the world on April 23-24 (Sunday-Monday) to celebrate the fourth annual Notre Dame Day.

NDRL Faculty Has Joined the Editorial Board of Plasma

April 03, 2017

Sylwia Ptasinska has joined the editorial board of Plasma – open access journal, which is published quarterly online by MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute).

Precious Joules: Women in Energy at Notre Dame

March 29, 2017 • Categories: ND Energy

In honor of Women’s History Month, we asked some of our women faculty to share their stories of how they became interested in science, engineering, and architecture, and in particular, what or who inspired them to focus on energy. Precious Joules is a collection of these stories from women in energy at Notre Dame written in their own words. Their brief introduction and personal remarks are sure to inspire the youngest of minds to consider STEM education as they demonstrate through their own personal experiences the value and opportunities aligned with this type of training.  …

Getting to Know our Neighbors: The Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers

March 29, 2017 • Categories: ND Energy

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After weeks of meeting in small working groups to brainstorm about ways to explain energy to fourth graders, 15 members of GreeND and ND Energy’s Student Energy Board spent a Friday morning at James Madison Primary Center

Efficiency Upgrades that Really Save

March 20, 2017

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Dr. Peter Bauer

You may want a greener, more energy-efficient home because it’s good for the environment, but it’s also good for your wallet.

Energy is expensive, with the average American consumer spending nearly $2,000 per year on energy bills, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. About half of that number is spent on heating and cooling costs.…

Encouraging the Next Generation of Energy Researchers

March 20, 2017

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Hundreds of area K-12 students gathered in Notre Dame’s Stepan Center on March 4 to participate in the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NIRSEF). Among those in the early morning throng were six volunteers from ND Energy’s Student Energy Board

Science fair at Notre Dame prepares young minds for future

March 20, 2017

Tony Kramer and Sam Chippas, seniors at Marian High School, combined their interests in electrical engineering and computer science to develop a robotics project for the March 4 Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NIREF) at Notre Dame.


Going Geothermal: University Installing Renewable Energy System Across Campus

March 02, 2017

In an effort to heed Pope Francis’ call to be better stewards of our shared Earth and to start implementing the University’s new comprehensive sustainability strategy, Notre Dame has begun planning and installing several geothermal systems across campus.

Geothermal systems are sustainable energy systems that allow the University to reduce greenhouse gas production, increase energy security and capitalize on long-term cost savings. Notre Dame’s systems are tailored specifically toward heating and cooling campus buildings by taking advantage of the Earth’s ability to store heat in its crust.…

Solved: Decades-old Mystery in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

March 01, 2017

Researchers in the Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics group of Professor Boldizsár Jankó and collaborators have solved a decades-old mystery of fluorescence intermittency – blinking – that indicates classical physics behavior in a quantum mechanical system. 

Community + Engagement = Broader Impacts

February 27, 2017 • Categories: ND Energy

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Two words, community and engagement, simply and separately defined by Mirriam-Webster as a unified body of individuals with common characteristics and interests, and an arrangement to meet or be present at a specified time and place, respectively. Alone, these words have apathetic meaning, yet when combined, they create a dynamic and evolutionary term. An expression that embodies Notre Dame’s culture and identity and characterizes widely its institutional commitment for the common good. 

Wilderness, Reverence, and the Written Word

February 27, 2017

Barry Lopez’s work has taken him to more than eighty countries over the past fifty years, including some of the most inhospitable places on earth. But on March 9th, Lopez is coming home to his alma mater to discuss a topic both timely and close to his heart: the writer’s role in engaging the public on environmental issues.

Bohn to Receive 2017 ACS Electrochemistry Award

February 27, 2017

Paul W. Bohn has been named the recipient of the 2017 American Chemical Society Electrochemistry Award for his contributions to the field of electrochemical analysis.

College of Engineering Introduces New Minor Targeting Resiliency and Sustainability

February 27, 2017

Resiliency and sustainability

Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issues a “report card” highlighting the status of the nation’s infrastructure: its roads; bridges and dams; drinking water; treatment of wastewater, solid waste, and hazardous waste; and more. When the organization last shared its assessment of America’s infrastructure, it was 2013. Not only did the country receive a poor grade (a D+), but the ASCE estimated that approximately $3.6 trillion would be needed to raise the grade and the quality and safety of the infrastructure.  

Lighting the Path for a Brighter Tomorrow: Making Connections with Potential Mentors

January 27, 2017 • Categories: ND Energy

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January is National Mentoring Month, and according to, quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development and social and economic opportunity, and empowers them to make smart choices and better life decisions. Mentoring has led to many of our youths increasing their participation in leadership positions, community volunteerism, and becoming mentors themselves.…

Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory to partner with Doosan Heavy Industries on $2.5 million compressor test agreement

January 24, 2017

Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory

The compressor test will study aerodynamic phenomena that even the most powerful computers cannot simulate.