The Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER) serves as an umbrella organization to enhance and promote research, education, and outreach activities at Illinois Institute of Technology that are related to energy and sustainability. WISER also coordinates the initiation of research collaboration internally between IIT faculty and externally with other universities, research laboratories, and industry.
To continuously initiate the development of new cross-disciplinary collaborative research areas, WISER has established the WISER Cross-disciplinary Seed Funding Grants (CSFG) program, with the expectation of enhancing our competitive edge in attracting major external funding in areas related to energy and sustainability.
More than 80 Faculty Affiliates are currently involved with WISER across the various colleges, research institutes, and centers at IIT.
WISER's research objective is aimed at fighting climate change and water shortage, which requires a focus on energy efficiency and gradual movement toward decarbonization of energy. This strategy requires the continuous substitution of carbon-based energy by renewable sources. To achieve this goal, current WISER research and development initiatives include:
Sustainable Electrical Grid and Sustainable Energy Integration
Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation
CSMART (Center for Smart Grid Applications, Research, and Technology)
SPIKE (Spearheading Poverty Inhibition through Klean Energy)
Climate Change and Fundamental Research in Sustainable Energy Systems
Fundamental Research in Sustainable Energy and Carbon Management
Electrochemical Energy Storage
Bioenergy and Water Management
Sustainable Built Environment
WISER Faculty Affiliates are also involved in additional research areas in energy and sustainability.