The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) is built upon the foundations laid by the Notre Dame Energy Center (NDEC), a College of Engineering research center founded in 2005, and the Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI), a Strategic Research Investment funded by the University in 2010. In 2013, these two entities were integrated to form ND Energy, which serves as a university center and reports to the Vice President for Research in Notre Dame Research


ND Energy aims to foster and grow energy-related research, education and outreach, and influence the national and global discussions of the most pressing energy policy issues and questions of our time. ND Energy further aims to support the global energy and sustainability challenges, especially in low- and middle-income regions.


ND Energy's strategy for sustained growth is to create a highly visible organization that promotes and provides resources for energy-related research and education at Notre Dame. Through joint collaborations, ND Energy creates new programs for the broader community and seeks opportunities to interface on a global level with leaders from academia, industry, and government to influence energy policy, ethics, and international relations. 

ND Energy's primary goals include:

  • Serve as a focal point for all University-wide energy-related research and education activities.
  • Foster and grow inter-college collaborations in energy-related research and education.
  • Enhance research development and establish more external collaborations.
  • Increase educational opportunities pertaining to energy at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Influence the national and global views on energy policy, ethics, and international relations.

Peter C. Burns, the Henry J. Massman Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences and concurrent professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was named center director in July 2014. His views on the current state of energy are summarized in the foreword on alternative energy, featured in the first issue of The Notre Dame Law School's newest journal -- Journal on Emerging Technologies (JET). 

Download a copy of the January 2020 foreword here.
View the full January 2020 issue at ndlsjet.com.
Read the February 2020 News Release.