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Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience

Engineering a sustainable future through interdisciplinary research and education

Seed Funding 2019-2020

CESR Seed Funding Awarded

Congratulations to the CESR Seed Funding Awardees!
$300,000 in funds have been allocated to innovative, high-risk, and/or enabling collaborative research

Lead-PI Co-PI Awarded Proposal Title
James Hambleton, Civil and Environmental Engineering Simge Kucukyavuz, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences Sensing Material Properties as Nature Intends
Adilson Motter, Physics and Astronomy Daniel Abrams, Engineering Sciences and Applied Math                           
Daniel Horton, Earth and Planetary Sceinces
What is the air quality and CO2 impact of an electric vehicle transition?
Kyoo Chul Park, Mechanical Engineering George Wells, Civil and Environmental Engineering Nature-inspired enhanced microplastics digestion – Capture and biodegradation by flexible fibers with attached microorganisms
Linsey Seitz, Chemical and Biological Engineering Niall Mangan, Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathamatics Multi-scale analysis of electrocatalytic reactor processes using a combined experimental and modeling approach
George Wells, Civil and Environmental Engineering Keith Tyo, Chemical and Biological Engineering Towards a Circular Bioeconomy: Recovery of Nitrogen as a Value-Added Product from Farm Animal Manure

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About the Center

The Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience at Northwestern Engineering aims to tackle complex sustainability challenges like climate change, water quality, clean energy, and pollution through research and educational efforts that span multiple departments and disciplines.

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SUSPIRE: Sustainable Urban Systems: Predictive, Interconnected, Resilient and Evolving

SUSPIRE Workshop July 16 & 17, 2019

This workshop was organized by Northwestern University, Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago, and many other partners with support from NSF to address natural and climate, technological, and societal disruptions that will transform urban systems. SUSPIRE brought together more than 100 Chicago and Great Lakes area community members and stakeholders drawn from academia, industry, foundations, community organizations, government, technology and environmental organizations, and the arts and humanities to lay the groundwork for a sustainable urban systems research network.

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The Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience is part of the McCormick School of Engineering.



Learn about our research that focuses on sustainable use of materials in the construction of engineered systems.

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Discover the groups with whom the center combines and amplifies efforts with across campus.

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Meet the Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience's advisory board and affiliated faculty.
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