Message from the Director

George Crabtree

The world is undergoing a historic transition…
from traditional fossil fuels to more sustainable forms of energy. These new changes affect technology, the environment, economies, and geopolitics. This landscape affords unprecedented opportunities for collaborative scientific research and education to answer global challenges with innovative and competitive solutions.


A universal culture of excellence and competition drives scientific discoveries and innovative technology in energy, and integrates into society through a diverse, but balanced, energy portfolio. Individuals make educated decisions on energy at the personal and civic levels.


To inspire and cultivate the minds of future decision makers to pursue energy research and innovation through four directions

  • Develop educational opportunities based on authoritative information, critical thinking, and the cross-disciplinary nature of energy
  • Enhance the UIC urban educational mission, strengthen its energy program, and engage students to solve real world energy problems
  • Foster local-to-global urban energy communities to identify, strategize, and achieve energy-related goals
  • Pursue coordinated funding energy initiatives based on peer and institutional research networks