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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

Peter Bauer
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.