Notre Dame community encouraged to attend ND Energy’s inaugural research symposium




On Wednesday (April 18), the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) will host its inaugural research symposium. The event is free and open to theUniversity of Notre Dame community. A full day of events is planned for attendees, including a presentation from Sally M. Benson, co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy from Stanford University.

“We are excited to host our first research symposium,” said Peter C. Burns, Massman Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences (CEEES) and director of ND Energy. “The goal of this event is to expose faculty, students and other scholars to the diversity of work being conducted through our center and encourage conversations about how researchers could potentially collaborate on future energy research projects.”

Hosted in the auditorium of McKenna Hall, the event will open with a welcome from Burns, where he will discuss the state of ND Energy. Following the welcome, Benson will give her keynote presentation titled, “The Global Climate and Energy Challenge.” She will discuss the nature and scale of the climate and energy challenge and review emerging solutions to provide secure, affordable and sustainable energy for the nine billion people expected on Earth by 2050.

Additionally, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars will participate in a poster session to discuss their work. Throughout the day, multiple ND Energy-affiliated faculty members will present their research. These faculty members, chronologically ordered by presentation start time, include:

The day will close with a final presentation by Burns about the newly awarded ND-led Actinide Center of Excellence, as well as closing remarks and poster awards. To find additional details about the event including a full agenda, biographies of event speakers and more, visit

Contact: Barbara A. Villarosa, business and communications program director, ND Energy, 574-631-4776,

Originally published by Brandi Klingerman at on April 17.