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. Part of Notre Dame Research, these two entities have been integrated into ND Energy, which now serves as the umbrella organization for these and other energy-related research and education programs at Notre Dame.
MISSION AND VISION
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 research initiatives and education 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. An accomplished researcher and administrator, Dr. Burns also serves as the director of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) funded Actinide Center of Excellence (ACE).
Dr. Burns' views on the current state of energy and the mission and vision of ND Energy can be found in the first issue of The Notre Dame Law School's newest journal -- Journal on Emerging Technologies (JET), which features the foreword written by Dr. Burns on alternative energy.