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Energy-Environmental Systems Research at SBU

Energy-Environmental Systems Research is a key research area of the Department of Technology and Society (T&S) at Stony Brook University. The Energy and Environment group has come together as a community of people, seeking to collectively lay intellectual foundations for future change. We include practitioners and scholars who were actively engaged during past transitions together with a new generation of scholars. Partnering is recognized as a critical way to advance problem-solving. In line with this, T&S is engaged with a diverse mix of organizational and individual collaborations. Our department is a major contributor in three research centers at Stony Brook: the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC), the Center for Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT), and the Center for Interdisciplinary Environment Research. Faculty also collaborate with scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), with public entities, including municipalities, the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), and international organizations. Faculty and students working on research projects will have access to the facilities, as appropriate for their project.

The Advanced Energy Research & Technology Center (AERTC) is, by design and program, to foster and contribute to a broad-based interdisciplinary research activity which integrates fundamental science and engineering to design and implement the next generation of advanced energy systems. The Facility program incorporates cutting-edge research in Biofuels and nanotechnology as applied to the development of Photovoltaic systems development. Areas of energy-related research include areas such as “Smart Grid” systems, advanced battery research and development, fuel cell research and development; conventional fuel engine research; building systems research (sensors) to more effectively manage and reduce inefficient energy use. (http://www.aertc.org/ )

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is a multipurpose research laboratory housing large, state-of-the-art facilities such as Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS), NSLS-II and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials. Stony Brook is a partner in Brookhaven Science Associates LLC, managing the Laboratory for the Department of Energy. Located less than 20 miles from campus, Brookhaven provides many opportunities for collaborative research efforts. (https://www.bnl.gov)

The New York State Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology(CEWIT) was created in 2003 as the anchoring building at SUNY Stony Brook University’s Research and Development Park. The Center is a next generation research and educational facility whose mission is three-fold: become recognized as a world leader in interdisciplinary research in the emerging, critical technologies of the information age, address the skilled technology worker shortage, and foster new enterprise development. CEWIT has more than 70 associated faculty members, and more than 400 Ph.D./M.S. students engaged in research. The Center has created a powerful intellectual property portfolio resulting in numerous patents. (http://www.cewit.org/ )