3rd Annual ND Energy Research Symposium
April 30 - May 1, 2020

Since 2018, ND Energy has hosted an annual research symposium for the purpose of bringing together researchers, scholars, students, and sustainability professionals from academia, industry, and government to talk about some of the greatest challenges and opportunities in sustainable energy research and development facing the world today.

This year's symposium will be held on Thursday, April 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Friday, May 1, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Jordan Auditorium of Mendoza College of Business and in the Atrium of Stinson-Remick Hall. The theme -- Waste-to-Energy: Reimagining the Possibilities -- will bring together research experts and industry leaders to talk about current initiatives in the following areas:

  • Addressing waste carbon resources and technology
  • Capturing CO2 and converting it into value-added materials using renewable energy
  • Harvesting excess heat from the community for redistribution
  • Using industrial symbiosis at the small-scale to increase communities’ sustainability and well-being
  • Upcycling plastic waste into useful products
  • Using technology to manage plastic waste and to turn plastic back into useful products

The symposium will start Thursday evening with an opening reception and panel discussion by Notre Dame researchers in Jordan Auditorium from 6 to 8 p.m. On Friday, May 1, presentations will begin at 8:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. in Jordan Auditorium. The symposium will conclude with a poster session and networking reception from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Atrium of Stinson-Remick Hall. See the 2020 Schedule for additional details. 


This event is free and open to the general public. Registration is not required, yet appreciated to ensure an adequate amount of conference materials, food, and refreshments are available for everyone to enjoy. The deadline to register is April 15

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Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Inn at St. Mary's for registrants needing hotel accommodations on April 30 and May 1 at a rate of $119/night. To make reservations, call the hotel directly at 574-232-4000. Be sure to request the group rate for "ND Energy." Reservations must be made on or before March 31. Cancellation policy: Any individual room cancellations within 72 hours from the date of arrival will be billed for one (1) night’s room and tax.


The symposium will be held in the Jordan Auditorium of Mendoza College of Business and in the Atrium of Stinson-Remick Hall. Both locations are shown in the map below. Parking will be available in the Walsh Architecture Visitors Lot. 

If you have any questions, please contact Ginger SigmonBarbara Villarosa, or Koby Keck.

Previous Symposia Highlights

The 2nd annual research symposium was held March 20, 2019 and was entitled Global Transformation: Ensuring Access to Affordable, Reliable, and Sustainable Energy for All, featuring keynote speaker Rachel Kyte, (former) Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, Co-Chair of UN-Energy, and Professor of the Practice of Sustainable Development in The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Other invited speakers were Luciano Castillo and Jun Chen (Purdue University), Shelie Miller (University of Michigan), Vijay Modi (Columbia University), and from Notre Dame, Peter C. Burns, Abigail Mechtenberg, Tom Purekal, and Patrick Regan. The event concluded with a poster session and networking reception. For more information, visit 2019 Highlights.

The inaugural research symposium was held April 18, 2018 and provided a unique opportunity to celebrate and recognize faculty for their achievements in energy-related research at Notre Dame. Faculty who had recently won early career and large-center research awards gave presentations about their research programs. The keynote speaker was Sally M. Benson, co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University, who addressed global climate and energy challenges and highlighted the game changers now, in the near future, and on the horizon. A poster session was held for associated graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to showcase their energy-related research projects. For more information, visit 2018 Highlights.