About EaSE

Energy engineering refers to the development of technologies for energy harvesting, conversion, transmission and use that are highly efficient and sustainable in future generations.

Sustainability engineering refers to the development of technologies that provide the necessities for civil society and the infrastructure for commerce in efficient and renewable ways that minimize adverse impact on the earth system.

Mission

The Engineering at Illinois initiative in Energy and Sustainability Engineering has four goals:

  • Promote interdisciplinary research that joins the fields of science, engineering, environment, and policy.
  • Provide education and training for the global workforce.
  • Engage industrial partners in the research and educational missions at Illinois.
  • Link efforts within Engineering at Illinois to complementary programs on campus.

To fulfill the demands of the global workforce, there exists a growing need for education and training in the areas of Energy and Sustainability Engineering (EaSE). Energy engineering refers to the development of technologies for energy harvesting, conversion, transmission and use that are highly efficient and sustainable in future generations. Sustainability engineering refers to the development of technologies that provide the necessities for civil society and the infrastructure for commerce in efficient and renewable ways that minimize adverse impact on the earth system.

The topics of energy and sustainability are highly interrelated; a leading example is bioenergy, which has major implications concerning land, water, atmosphere and sustainability.

“The EaSE initiative is a significant step in breaking down barriers to interdisciplinary work on the challenge of transitioning to a sustainable energy future," remarked Clifford Singer, a professor of Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois and co-director of the Energy and Sustainability Engineering initiative.