Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Energy workshop seeks to position U-M for future

With energy policy and energy research high on the nation’s priority list, the University is doing a campuswide check to best position for the next generation of energy innovation.

Energy researchers from across campus will gather Thursday to share current research efforts and identify logical next steps at “U-M Energy Workshop: Forging Alliances, Positioning for Opportunity” at the Campus Inn.

The daylong workshop is organized by the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute (MMPEI) and co-sponsored by the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, the Erb Institute and the Center for Sustainable Systems, the Center for Complex Systems and the Alcoa Foundation.

“The organizations best positioned for new funding opportunities in energy research will be those prepared to demonstrate vision, a sharp focus on strengths, and willing to partner and collaborate,” says Gary Was, director of MMPEI. “Now is the time to get those qualities translated into even more solid proposals and efforts.”

At the workshop, researchers ranging from engineers to physicists to social scientists will:

• Exchange information on current energy research through brief faculty presentations;

• Listen to experts insiders in federal operations and industry for updates on the funding landscape; and

• Compete for a minimum of $100,000 in seed money to jump-start strategic partnership proposals.

External speakers will begin at 8:30 a.m., with sessions by 74 faculty members presented from 9:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m. and 2-4:30 p.m.

Admission is free to the workshop sessions.