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.

With GLEI’s help, CWRU teaches students about the possibilities in the energy industry to match their growing interest.

Pictured L-R: Ellen, Diana, Neil, Becca, Will, Alberto, Adam, and Mark.


Congratulations to the ThinkEnergy Fellows, ThinkingCaps team for taking second place in the 2019 Saint-Gobain Pitch Competition! The team presented their unique home energy management system and an excellent business case to win the $3,000 prize. Team members included Adam Maraschky, Ellen Walter, Neil Chavan, Ian Parker, and Becca Segel. 

The Dai group, which consists of three very accomplished professors at Case Western Reserve University, have published a paper in Advanced Materials publication titled the “3-D Heteroatom‐Doped Carbon Nanomaterials as Multifunctional Metal‐Free Catalysts for Integrated Energy Devices.” 

The three professor are Liming Dai, the leader and the Dai Group and professors of macromolecular science and engineering, and his senior research associates Rajib Paul and Feng Du. 


Northeastern Ohio native and previous co-director of Great Lakes Energy Institute at CWRU Alexis Abramson  has made history by being the second woman in Darthmouth's 150 year history to serve as dean in Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.

Third year undergraduate student and ThinkEnergy Fellow Becca Segel has presented her research on “Investigation of Production Parameter Effects on Spark Plasma Sintered Molybdenum Cermet Wafers for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Applications" at the Nuclear and Emerging Technologies in Space Conference

The presentation focuses on ceramic-metal wafers for nuclear thermal propulsion, and how to produce these disks. NASA could be using this technology in the future for missions to Mars!