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IIT WISER to Co-Sponsor 2014 UIC Summer Institute on "Urban Energy"
Posted April 2014
IIT’s Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER) will serve as a co-sponsor of the 2014 Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE), to be hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago from August 6–20. The SISE theme, “Urban Energy,” will feature a two-week intensive workshop for graduate and senior-level undergraduate students from a broad range of disciplines. Several IIT faculty will serve as instructors for the program. Participants should have an expressed interest in sustainability and energy as evidenced by either educational or practical experience.
Applications for the Summer Institute are now being accepted on a rolling basis until Tuesday, July 2. To learn more about the Summer Institute and apply online, click here.
SISE 2014 is presented in partnership with:
ARPA-E Awards IIT and Argonne Team $3.4 M for Breakthrough Battery Technology
Posted IIT Today, 9/3/13
Pictured: Researchers (pictured left to right) Dileep Singh, Carlo Segre, Mike Duoba, John Katsoudas, Elena Timofeeva, and Chris Pelliccione stand by one of the plug-in electric vehicles they hope to revolutionize with the IIT-Argonne "nanoelectrofuel" flow battery technology they are developing.
WISER Announces 2013 ISFG Program Award Winners
IIT’s Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER) has announced the 2013 Interdisciplinary Seed Funding Grants (ISFG) program award winners. Initiated in 2009, the ISFG program is designed to provide funding for a one-year period to support and enhance new and innovative multidisciplinary research concepts that are expected to attract major external funding in areas of national interest related to energy and sustainability. The following proposals topics and researchers were selected for funding from among nine total proposals received in response to the WISER ISFG RFP:
--Fouad Teymour, ChBE (PI), Satish Parulekar (ChBE), Omar Khalil (ChBE), and Philip Laible, Argonne National Laboratory: "Exploration of the Feasibility of Development of Symbiotic Photosynthetic Ecologies for Direct Production of Biofuels"
--Lulu Kang, AM (PI) and Dietmar Rempfer (MMAE): "Optimal Placement of Wind Turbines for Wind Farm"
--Mehdi Modares, CAEE (PI) and Erdal Oruklu (ECE): "Structural Condition Assessment and Health Monitoring for Wind Turbine Systems with Sensor Fusion"
With the addition of these new awards, a total of 13 projects will have been conducted under the auspices of the WISER ISFG Program. The 2013 projects are each funded at a level of $25,000 and will be completed by May 31, 2014.
IIT WISER to Co-Sponsor 2013 UIC Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy
Posted May 2013
IIT’s Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER) will serve as a co-sponsor of the 2013 Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE), to be hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago from August 5–16. The SISE theme, “Sustainable Transportation,” will feature a two-week intensive workshop for graduate and senior-level undergraduate students from a broad range of disciplines. Several IIT faculty will serve as instructors for the program. Participants should have an expressed interest in sustainability and energy as evidenced by either educational or practical experience.
Applications for the Summer Institute are now being accepted on a rolling basis until Monday, July 1. To learn more about the Summer Institute and apply online, click here.
SISE 2013 is presented in partnership with:
IIT Students Honored by Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago for 2013 EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge Win
Posted May 2013
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago issued a resolution on May 16, 2013 at its board meeting in recognition of the IIT student entry in the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s 2013 Campus RainWorks Challenge. Students from IIT College of Architecture and the Landscape Architecture Program, IIT Armour College of Engineering and IIT Stuart School of Business, led by Studio Assistant Professor Mary Pat Mattson and Associate Professor Paul Anderson, were recognized for their first-place design of green infrastructure to manage stormwater on the campus of IIT.
WISER Director Keynotes Brazilian International Conference on Energy and Sustainability
Posted May 2013
Henry Linden Professor of Engineering and Director of the Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER) Hamid Arastoopour recently visited the Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG) to participate in an international conference on sustainability and technology development.
On March 14, Professor Arastoopour provided the inaugural lecture, “Review of Fluidization and Fluid/Particle Flow Systems,” for a newly established FURG chemical engineering graduate program. He presented the keynote address, “Continuing the Pathway toward a Global Sustainable Energy Strategy,” at the International Conference in Naval and Offshore Technology: Energy and Sustainability, held at FURG on March 15, 2013.
Completed Renovation of New WISER/Galvin Office Site at IIT Tower
Posted January 2012
WISER administration worked with IIT architects to complete the renovation of the 16th floor of the IIT Tower and successfully moved all WISER activities to this location as of January 2012. This state-of-the-art facility was designed specifically to house the WISER operation and the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation and its Smart Grid Workforce Education and Training Program. The 16,000-square-foot space features Smart Grid and microgrid demonstrations, and the master controller and network operation center for IIT’s microgrid facility. Constructed as a living laboratory for Smart Grid and microgrid technology and education, the suite also contains offices, exhibition rooms, classrooms, and student workrooms.
Pictured: Members of the IIT WISER Board of Advisors attended first meeting in new WISER/Galvin Office Suite (Feb. 3, 2012)
IIT Continues to Increase Campus Sustainability with Installation of Composter
Posted IIT Today, Oct. 6, 2011
IIT marked another milestone in the university's efforts to reduce the amount of trash leaving campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new campus composter on Friday, September 30. Through a partnership between Cook County and the university, including efforts by student groups, a university-sponsored IPRO, the Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER), and the Office of Campus Energy and Sustainability, the on-site composting operation will significantly reduce the amount of food waste going from campus to landfills, instead recycling the waste for use on campus as fertilizer and soil amendment.
The composting project started when a group of sustainability-minded students identified food waste as an area in which the university could make significant improvement. Under the sponsorship of the OCES, an IPRO was formed to review the process of food waste generation at Main Campus, identify obstacles and opportunities in addressing the possibility of recycling the waste, and develop a solution that would minimize the amount of material sent to landfill.
Around the time the IPRO was identifying a framework for implementing an on-site, organic waste composter at IIT, WISER responded to an opportunity from Cook County to discuss how the county could improve their performance using ideas that IIT planned to implement at its campuses. The on-site composter project was selected for funding by Cook County under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, administered by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Cook County's support for improving the environmental health of the community and IITs commitment to innovation made the project a success and a model for future collaboration.
The composter is another in a series of sustainability initiatives that have been implemented on campus since 2005, including efforts to dramatically increase recycling on campus, reduce trash and food waste generated in campus cafeterias, the Perfect Power smart grid project, the IIT Wind Turbine, and more. These efforts have involved the participation of people throughout the IIT community, combining the passion of students and employees to create a more sustainable campus, the expertise and research of faculty in energy efficiency, the diligent work of faculty and staff to secure grants for the initiatives, and a commitment by everyone to lead by example in our efforts to create a more sustainable campus, city, and world.
Pictured: Director of Cook County Department of Environmental Control Deborah Stone and Henry R. Linden Professor of Energy and WISER Director Hamid Arastoopour