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Research Centers and Programs

Launched at Illinois Tech in 2008, WISER represents the culmination of more than six decades of university research endeavors in the area of energy and sustainability. 

The goals of WISER's research centers and programs are targeted at creating a pathway to sustainable energy and water, specifically combatting issues of climate change and water shortage using a least-cost strategy. WISER research centers and programs are designed to respond to the short-term, transitional, and long-term WISER Sustainable Energy Strategic Plan.

WISER, with its centers and programs, currently includes more than 80 researchers from colleges and programs across the university who are conducting collaborative activities involving joint research projects with industry, government, and research laboratories and universities.

WISER Faculty Affiliates are currently conducting research and related projects in the centers and programs outlined below.

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
Natural Gas
Bioenergy and Water Management

Sustainable Development
Sustainable Built Environment
Urban Agriculture

WISER Faculty Affiliates are also involved in additional research areas in energy and sustainability.