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Meeting the Energy Challenges of New Jersey and the Nation

The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) integrates Rutgers’ expertise in science, engineering, economics, and policy, putting it at the forefront of alternative energy research. At this critical juncture in history, we have the opportunity to transition from 20th-century technologies to those that sustain economic growth and preserve the integrity of our environment.

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REI Energy Policy Seminar Series Spring 2015

SeminarsStarting on February 6, 2015 the Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) will commence the spring term with it's Energy Policy Seminar Series with a Mini-Panel on The Federal Clean Power Plan and the EPA Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards co-sponsored Rutgers Climate Institute and Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

Leaders from various arenas in the energy policy field will be speaking at Rutgers University on the following dates.  Lectures start at 10:30AM (with refreshments  at 10:00AM) or 1:00PM.  Go to our Events Calendar page for  information on directions.


DateSpeaker/AffliationTitleLocationBio/ Abstract
2/6/2015


Jason Schwartz, Legal Director, Institute for Policy Integrity Adjunct Professor, NYU School of Law

John Larsen, Senior Analyst, Rhodium Group 

"The Federal Clean Power Plan and the EPA Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards"

Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Avenue

 

  
2/27/2014 10:30AM
Yao Zhao, Associate Professor in Supply Chain and Project Management, Rutgers University
"Breaking the Vicious Cycle – A Supply Chain Management Perspective on Pakistan’s Energy Crises" Alampi Room (IMCS)

Bio

Abstract 

3/27/2015

10:30AM

Ruth Greenspan Bell,  Public Policy Scholar, Environmental Change and Security Program, Wilson Center

Cymie Payne , Assistant Professor, Human Ecology, Rutgers University

“Paris and Beyond: The State of Climate Diplomacy”  Alampi Room (IMCS)  

4/2/2015

10:30AM    

Jason Bordoff , Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs, Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia
  Alampi Room (IMCS)

 

4/17/2015 10:30AM

Elke Hodson , Policy Analyst,U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Domestic Climate Change Policy and Technology
  Alampi Room (IMCS)
4/24/2015 10:30AM  Tim Lenton , Professor, Chair in Climate Change/Earth Systems Science, Unviersity of Exeter    Alampi Room (IMCS)   
         
 
REI Summer Internship 2015

REI Summer InternshipThe Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) offers summer internships to a select group of motivated undergraduate students. They are intended to help students understand the breadth of the energy challenge, from the environmental impacts that motivate the transition, to the technological innovation needed to create a viable new system and the socio-economic, policy and energy system frameworks necessary to enable wide-spread deployment. To that end, REI will support students working on research projects that address more than one of these elements: for example, examining novel solar photovoltaic technologies and how they might be integrated into the grid, or the geological potential of carbon sequestration and political barriers to its deployment.

Eligibility: You may apply if you are currently an undergraduate freshman, sophomore, or junior at any school in Rutgers University. No previous research experience is necessary, and you do not need to be a science or engineering major to apply. Students are expected to work full-time (40 hours/week) for the duration of the program, so participation is not compatible with attending summer school.

Application Submission Guidelines: Internships are competitive with awards based on recommendations and research plans.

  • Candidates should submit a 1-2 page research plan detailing both the work to be carried out over the summer and the broader research agenda of which the summer study forms a part. The plan should clearly indicate how the broader research agenda addresses both scientific/engineering and societal/policy aspects of a topic in energy research, as well as the major research questions or hypotheses being investigated. Students are required to develop this plan in cooperation with a faculty advisor. Projects that include multiple faculty advisors, with expertise spanning both scientific/engineering and societal/policy aspects, are encouraged, but one of the advisors must be identified as the student's primary advisor for the summer work.
  • A total of two recommendations are required, with one from the project faculty advisor (Rutgers faculty) and one additional faculty member (Rutgers or non-Rutgers).

The REI internship programs runs for 12 weeks, from May 26th through August 12th, 2015. All students are required to write an original article describing their research due in late August and present a poster of their work at the annual REI Symposium during the spring semester. Participants will receive support in the amount of $5000 (40 hours/week is expected for full payment). REI does not pay for housing.

Submission of application materials must be emailed (PDF files only) or mailed by the March 13, 2015 deadline.  Please send to REI:  71 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 Attn: Beatrice Birrer. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please contact REI Program Coordinator Beatrice Birrer with any questions.

 
Rutgers Professors Receive Fulbright Grants for Research and Teaching Abroad
Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) member Eric Lam, professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, and  director of the Biotechnology Center for Agriculture and the Environment, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University¬–New Brunswick, received a Fulbright Grant for research and teaching in Brazil.  Eric Lam will continue his work on improving biofuel production by enhancing plant sources. Learn more
 
Robert Kopp selected as a 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellow
Robert Kopp, associate professor in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and associate director of the Rutgers Energy Institute, has been named a 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellow for his exceptional scientific qualifications, demonstrated leadership ability, and strong interest in sharing his knowledge beyond traditional academic audiences. Learn more
 
The Energy Innovation Contest 2014-2015

for Rutgers New Brunswick Undergraduate Students
Sponsored by The Rutgers Energy Institute

The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) is hosting its annual energy competition intended to engage students in devising creative and innovative solutions in reducing energy wasted at Rutgers.  "Energy Innovation" is the challenge for this 2015 competition.  

The Goal:
Presently, student, staff and faculty use of the standing buildings and infrastructure of the Rutgers campus complex at New Brunswick/Piscataway accounts for approximately 150,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually to the atmosphere each year. Factoring in commuting students, faculty, and staff, and the total emissions are increased to an estimated 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year.  One goal of the Rutgers Energy Institute is to work with students, faculty and staff across the campus complex to make the university carbon neutral by 2030.

The Challenge:
To develop an implementable plan reducing student energy consumption on campus as well as promoting awareness about smarter eco-friendly practices across campus.  Students must demonstrate how energy can be conserved by creating innovative solutions to common energy expenditures.

Eligibility:
Enrolled undergraduate students in any program on the New Brunswick-Piscataway campus are eligible. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are not eligible. Register for the competition by sending an email indicating intent to submit an entry to Beatrice Birrer at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Extended to March 13, 2015.


Submission Date:
Proposals should be submitted on or before March 23, 2015 via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Prizes:
Three awards ($2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place) will be awarded to undergraduate students or teams who have submitted energy reduction plans selected to be the most innovative, practical, and low-cost solutions by a panel composed of faculty chosen by the REI Advisory Board.  

 
New REI Graduate Student and Post-doctoral positions

students_in_lab.jpgThe Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) at Rutgers University offers support for Graduate Students and  Postdoctoral Associates in the broad area of energy research: basic and applied science, engineering, economics, and policy.

The REI will support third year graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows working on multi-disciplinary collaborative research projects that address more than one element of energy research.The research must clearly be related to the REI goals and show further prospects of funding.

Each fellowship appointment will be one year and comes with one year of direct cost support. Prospective candidates are expected to pursue creative research avenues within existing research programs and faculty expertise. Applications can be submitted by faculty for consideration on an ongoing basis. However, new openings are available as early as Spring 2015.

Applications should include: a 1-2 page project description written by Rutgers faculty, curriculum vitae of proposed student/fellow, and a statement on long term relevance of research and possible future funding agencies.  They should be emailed to Dr. Paul Falkowski (Director, Rutgers Energy Institute): This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it (please include "Grad Student" or  “Postdoc” in the subject line).

 
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