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Decorative initial cap Energy is the vital force powering business, manufacturing and the transportation of goods and services to serve the United States and world economies. Energy supply and demand plays an increasingly vital role in our national security and economic output.

In fall 2005, engineering physics faculty interested in energy issues led informal discussions with faculty across the campus on how to better collaborate in educational and research activities, build synergy, and enable UW-Madison to be better recognized for itsenergy education and research. This “Energy Institute” grew in size, with other faculty members joining us from across campus. An organizing committee from this larger group met with UW-Madison Chancellor John Wiley to discuss our interests and intentions, and formalize our activities.

UW-Madison was among the first research universities to recognize the growing importance of energy. With centers of excellence that focus on understanding energy resources, energy conversion and storage technologies, energy sustainability, and enabling technologies such as materials, UW-Madison is one of the world leaders in energy education and research. Each year, it ranks among the top university recipients of federal and industrial research funding.

UW-Madison energy research activities are interdisciplinary in nature and involve faculty, researchers and students in engineering, chemistry, geology, mathematics and physics, as well as those in the university’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, and the School of Business.

To support its energy research initiatives, UW-Madison initiated the Energy Systems and Policy cluster hire program in 2000. Two faculty members, Assistant Professors Paul Wilson (engineering physics) and Tracey Holloway (Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies) were hired under this initiative. As they establish a core of energy research in their respective disciplines, they provide a broad and cohesive base to these activities. They and other UW-Madison faculty members are the catalysts for interdisciplinary research activities and for keeping energy policy issues and educational opportunities at the forefront of UW-Madison’s strategic activities.

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The Energy Institute at UW-Madison officially began in spring 2006. Its mission is to provide an objective forum for exchange of ideas on energy issues, and to focus, integrate and transfer knowledge to better understand challenges and identify needs in energy resources, technology and sustainability.

Our vision is to enhance and maintain Wisconsin’s national leadership in identifying strategies for clean, efficient energy as a vehicle for continued economic growth for the state and the nation. To accomplish that vision, the Institute will coordinate and collaborate with academic departments and research centers at UW-Madison to provide a “one-stop” location to learn about energy issues and current research results, and to benefit from energy technology transfer.

The UW Energy Institute objectives focus on integration and collaboration to:

• Provide an objective forum on energy issues in the state, the nation and beyond;

• Develop innovative energy outreach and service programs;

• Organize educational opportunities in energy fields at UW-Madison;

• Develop cross-disciplinary research among UW-Madison research centers;

• Seek national and international collaborations and cooperation.

We invite you to follow the growth of the activities of the Energy Institute at its website:

Michael L. Corradini, Chair
147 Engineering Research Building
1500 Engineering Dr.
Madison, WI 53706-1687

Tel: 608/263-1646
Fax: 608/263-7451


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