Founded in 2008, the Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI) is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to catalyzing breakthroughs in energy sustainability that address the most pressing problems facing our world.  Located in Cleveland, Ohio and housed within the Case School of Engineering, we empower our faculty, students and partners to expand knowledge, deepen understanding, and create innovative and sustainable energy solutions. Click here to learn more about us, or about our research and platforms.

Mario Garcia-Sanz, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and the inaugural Milton and Tamar Maltz Endowed Chair in Energy Innovation at CWRU, has been appointed as a program director at the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

His focus at ARPA-E includes advanced control engineering, wind energy systems, renewable and conventional power generation, electrical distribution systems, smart grid technologies, and water treatment plants and networks.

Dr. Vikas Prakash, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at CWRU and affiliated faculty of GLEI, was featured in a New Atlas article discussing the future of autonomous electric flying vehicles. Prakash was recently awarded a $1.3 million grant under the Partnership for Research in Energy Storage and Integration for Defense and Space Exploration (PRESIDES) in order to develop batteries capable of powering electric flight vehicles, and has no doubt that flying taxis are just a few years away.

GLEI sponsored faculty member Michael Hore and Jon Pokorski, both assistant professors of macromolecular science and engineering, have received Young Investigator awards from the American Chemical Society’s Polymer Materials Science and Engineering Division (PMSE).

GLEI is looking for an experienced program manager to oversee major projects and department finances. The program manager works closely with faculty, students, and industry partners to expand energy education on campus and ensure the success of our large research projects. If you are excited by learning about new technologies, inspiring our future energy leaders, and building longstanding relationships, join our team!

Click here to learn more and apply. 

Today, GLEI fondly remembers long-time board member Carl Podwoski. Carl lost a long fight with lung cancer on December 16th, passing peacefully with family at his side. One of the first members of the advisory board, Carl generously gave of his time and resources to guide and improve GLEI. 

A memorial service is planned for January 14th in Brooklyn, NY. 

Read Carl's biography here

A Case Western Reserve University research group led by GLEI affiliated faculty member David Zeng, is testing an innovative wind turbine support structure. This solution provides significant support while requiring less site preparation and lowering costs for installment.

Juscelino Colares, Schott-van den Eynden Professor of Business Law and Professor of Political Science, has published an article in the top-peer review journal American Law and Economics Review, to explore the opportunities and limitations of neutral carbon tariffs. This article discusses the consistency, yet inefficiency of border carbon adjustments. 

Today is Energy Efficiency Day 2017, an opportunity to celebrate accomplishments we have achieved in energy efficiency and discuss opportunities for further progress! Energy efficiency not only helps you save money, but reduces pollution and the use of fossil fuels. 

Here at Case Western Reserve University, we are leading research to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, manufacturing processes and energy production.

We invite to you celebrate by taking action to reduce your energy use and participating in the conversation with the hashtag #EEDay2017. 


The Great Lakes Energy Institute, Center for Business Law & Regulation and the Property and Environment Research Center sponsored a panel to explore the downward trajectory of the coal sector. Jonathan Adler, GLEI affiliate faculty member, hosted the panel which featured GLEI advisory board member Walter Culver.


Dr. Culver presented his research to understand coal’s decline and the effects of federal policy and market economics on this trend. A panel discussion also featuring Justin Gundlach and Alexander Schoch then explored these topics further.