Energy, Sustainability, and Infrastructure

Currently Funded Centers

Purdue University in partnership with University of New Mexico, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, and University of Texas at Austin.

CISTAR’s vision is to create a transformative engineered system to convert light hydrocarbons from shale resources to chemicals and transportation fuels in smaller, modular, local, and highly networked processing plants.

University of Tennessee–Knoxville in partnership with Northeastern University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Tuskegee University (co-funded with DOE)

CURENT is developing a nation-wide transmission grid that is fully monitored and dynamically controlled for high efficiency, high reliability, low cost, better accommodation of renewable sources, full utilization of storage, and responsive load.

Rice University in partnership with Arizona State University, the University of Texas at El Paso and Yale University

NEWT intends to develop

high-performance and easy-to-deploy water treatment systems that will broaden access to clean drinking water from a variety of unconventional sources and enable industrial wastewater reuse at off-grid locations.
Arizona State University in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, New Mexico State University, and the University of California, Davis

CBBG will employ or mimic natural biological processes and materials to engineer the ground in ways that reduce infrastructure development lifecycle costs and impacts while mitigating natural hazards and environmental degradation.

Stanford University in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley, Colorado School of Mines, and New Mexico State University

ReNUWIt advances new strategies for urban water systems, enabled by technological advances and informed by a deeper understanding of institutional frameworks, to achieve more sustainable solutions to urban water challenges.

North Carolina State University in partnership with Arizona State University, Florida State University, Florida A&M University (HBCU), and the Missouri University of Science and Technology

FREEDM is developing an electric energy distribution infrastructure system with plug and play capabilities for renewable sources and energy storage systems—i.e., develop a "Smart Grid."

Arizona State University in partnership with the California Institute of Technology, the University of Delaware, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of New Mexico (co-funded with DOE)

QESST seeks to transform the existing electricity generation system, making it sustainable, ubiquitous, and multifunctional, by developing photovoltaic and quantum energy converters, which fundamentally alter how energy is used.

Graduated Centers (Self-sustaining)

Mid-America Earthquake Center

Develop methodologies and application tools for quantifying and mitigating the effects of earthquakes, especially in the central USA, and other low-probability, high-consequence earthquakes. Establish global alliances for assessment and intervention at both the systems and societal levels to protect communities vulnerable to earthquake effects

Offshore Technology Research Center

Provide technology, expertise and services needed for the development of drilling, production and transportation systems that enable the safe and economically viable exploitation of hydrocarbon resources in deep and ultra-deep water

Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems Engineering Research Center

Research and develop the technologies required to support sustainable infrastructure systems by addressing engineering opportunities in critical areas, including resistance to deterioration and resiliency to extreme events

Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center

PEER's mission is to develop, validate, and disseminate performance-based seismic design technologies for buildings and infrastructure to meet the diverse economic and safety needs of owners and society. PEER's research defines appropriate performance targets, and develops engineering tools and criteria that can be used by practicing professionals to achieve those targets, such as safety, cost, and post-earthquake functionality.

Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research

Dedicated to the discovery and development of new knowledge, tools, and technologies that equip communities to become more disaster-resilient in the face of earthquakes and other extreme events

Advanced Combustion Engineering Research Center

Develop, apply, and transfer advanced combustion technology to industry through fundamental engineering research and educational programs aimed at the solution of critical combustion problems