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Vision, Mission, and Goals


The vision of WISER is a world with energy security, sufficient and affordable sources of clean energy and water, and a sustainable climate to ensure quality of life, social and economic well-being, and the preservation of natural resources and the environment for future generations.


The mission of WISER is to: become a major part of IIT academic activities by creating a culture of excellence and innovation and developing state-of-the-art research and education programs; improve IIT's visibility and reputation; support IIT's Strategic Plan; and attract top faculty, students, major interdisciplinary grants, and philanthropic funds to IIT.


-- Develop state-of-the-art education and research programs in specifically focused areas of energy and sustainability; continue to attract research and educational grants and contracts; work closely with the deans and provost to continue to attract top faculty; work with Office of Admission to increase student enrollment; and assist Institutional Advancement to attract philanthropic funds to establish WISER graduate scholarships.

-- Launch several initiatives that will expand the interdisciplinary perspective of the research and education program in the energy and sustainability area; set a new high standard for excellence in energy and sustainability education and research at IIT; and develop research programs in partnership with global and local industry, national and research laboratories, and domestic and international universities.

While IIT is continuing its commitment to provide students with fundamental knowledge within the core disciplines, the curricula will be broadened by introducing interdisciplinary education in energy and sustainability, with a continuing focus on interdisciplinary large-scale innovative research at the graduate level and student participation in research, and interprofessional and entrepreneurial team projects at the undergraduate level (IPRO). We want to attract more women and minority students and faculty by creating a more welcoming and diverse community within WISER.  We also plan to increase our outreach programs and work closely with the communities around us. Our plan also demands significant research and educational partnerships with universities inside and outside the United States, industry, and government and research laboratories, and collaboration with local communities, the City of Chicago, Cook County, and the State of Illinois.  We have identified several education and collaborative research areas of high priority for WISER and are focusing our effort to attract significant funding and to secure needed resources to assume a national leadership role in these areas.