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Energy and Environment

A multidisciplinary team of faculty from across campus comprise the Energy and Environment cluster at Syracuse University. Researchers from the natural sciences, engineering, computer science and information studies, architecture and urban planning, social sciences and humanities interact on major projects while maintaining focus in three subclusters.

Landscape image of a tundra on fire

Tundra fire, Noatak River Valley, Alaska, 2012 (credit M. Chipman)

Global Environmental Change: Led by Professor Christopher Scholz, researchers in this subcluster are discriminating anthropogenic from natural climate variations and predicting future changes on various time scales. An interdisciplinary team of scholars works to assess climate change effects on global ecosystems and societies, determines how to mitigate those impacts, and considers how communities and environmental networks adapt to cumulative planetary-scale stresses. This group conducts research and training at the interface of multiple fields, preparing the next generation of scientists, policymakers, managers and communicators to sustain and manage natural resources on a rapidly changing planet.

Carbon Neutral and Next Generation Energy Technologies: Led by Professor Shalabh C. Maroo, researchers in this subcluster provide expertise in understanding energy generation, conversion, storage, distribution and utilization, carbon capture and sequestration technologies, as well as expertise on the materials, processes, and reactions that make up such systems at length scales ranging from the nano- to macro-levels.

Heathy and Intelligent Built Environments: Led by Professor Jensen Zhang, researchers in this subcluster focus on techniques for efficient energy conversion, storage and utilization; microenvironments around individuals; macroscopic building design and engineering; urban planning; energy and environmental management; the intersection of water and energy at local and regional scales; the impact of indoor environmental quality on human health, performance and well-being; and smart buildings, infrastructure and cities.

Accelerated melting of Petermann Glacier, Greenland ice cap (credit CBS News)

Recent Notable Awards

Since 2018, cluster members have been awarded more than $30 million in sponsored research funding from government agencies, foundations and industries including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Office of Naval Research and the Sloan Foundation.

This cluster includes more than 60 affiliated faculty from the School of Architecture, College of Arts and Sciences, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics and College of Visual and Performing Arts.