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Phoenix Project: From Kikuchi to Fastest Path

Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences (NERS) is hosting An International Symposium on Sociotechnical Research on Nuclear Technology November 7-8, 2024. The event aims to take stock of how far we have come in the path towards meaningful sociotechnical work in nuclear spaces. Papers are encouraged on a variety of multidisciplinary nuclear themes. If you are interested in submitting your work, please submit abstracts by June 1, 2024. All detailed information can be found here.

University Proceeds with Plan for Campus Solar Power Projects

The University Record’s Adam Fisher reports on the plans to construct on-campus solar power installations with a capacity of 25 megawatts across the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses. On May 16th, Radial Power was selected through a comprehensive RFP process to lead the effort for design and build of the installations. Read more from The University Record.

Life is Better by the Lakes

SEAS and the Erb Institute published the Life is Better by the Lakes report on the Priority Climate Action Plans in the Great Lakes Region. The report is released in conjunction with the Michigan Climate Conference May 16-17. Climate Action sectors reviewed by the Priority Climate Action Plans include electricity generation, industry, transportation, buildings, agriculture/natural and working lands, and waste management. This analysis summarizes the plans and variances between them across different jurisdictional levels.

Congratulations to the Graduating Classes of 2024!

IES celebrates the undergraduate and graduate students who graduated this spring. We look forward to seeing the excellent work you do in the world. May the 4th be with you!


Notable Funding Opportunities

Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is requesting proposals for synthesizing new materials for electric vehicles using artificial intelligence (AI) and simulation, and are looking for projects that would build understanding in AI and material synthesis. The award for two years of Phase I research work is $250,000, with the potential for an extension to Phase 2. If you are interested, please review the RFP details at the link below and contact Olga Kiely at [email protected]. Proposal submissions are due by June 1st to [email protected].

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is requesting proposals from research institutions for the 2024 EPRI University Global Research Award. Proposals are requested for energy-focused research that helps achieve economy-wide decarbonization and explores clean energy solutions. Topic areas for this RFP include Clean Energy technologies, Electric System and Customer Reliability and Resilience, Electric System Flexibility, End-use and Economy-wide Carbon Reduction, Market Transformation, and Open Category: Innovation. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis until October 1st, 2024 or funds are exhausted. Submissions and questions can be sent to [email protected] and you may also reach out for more details by contacting Rob VanRenterghem at [email protected].


IES 2024 Graduate Fellows Update

The inaugural IES Graduate Fellows have split into two teams, working on projects that serve IES’s mission to enable, accelerate, and inform the transition to an equitable, resilient, clean, affordable, and sustainable energy future. Specifically, one team is focused on energy education and community engagement with a living learning labs component. The other team is working with NOAA towards solutions to decarbonize the great lakes fleet.

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IES Engages in Conversations Across Campus

Throughout early 2024, IES Program Manager Kira Edwards has participated in conversations across University of Michigan to explore energy opportunities, including other institutes and other departments. IES is also speaking with student organizations to better bridge the gap between students and staff and faculty in energy efforts at Michigan. Please reach out to start a conversation about energy with us at [email protected].


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The University of Michigan has partnered with Copenhagen-based Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping. The partnership will be led by Thomas McKenney from the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Department. More details can be found in the Zero-Carbon Maritime Shipping by 2050 link below.


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