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Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience

Engineering a sustainable future through interdisciplinary research and education

Applications for CESR's 2022 Seed Grant Program are now open!

CESR awards support for 18-month collaborative research projects in sustainability approximately annually.  Funding levels range from $65 to 80k.  Supported by funding from Leslie and Mac McQuown, the CESR Seed Funding program fosters innovative, high-risk research that fosters new faculty collaborations, and provides support for graduate student(s) and/or postdoctoral fellow(s). Results from these projects aim to provide preliminary data to support proposals for funding from federal agencies, foundations, and/or industry.  Funded teams present their results annually at a spring poster session.

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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.


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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Resources and Opportunities

Explore funding and job opportunities, fellowship and award opportunities, a reference library, proposal resources, and white papers.

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


CESR Seed Grants

Seed Funding Awards support innovative, high-risk, and/or collaborative research to enhance engineering sustainability and resilience in the field at large.

News & Events


CESR Newsletter 10.21.22

Daniel Horton investigates increasingly severe rainfall across US; Sustainability Lecture Series approaching; events, job postings, and new research


WED@NICO SEMINAR: Joshua B. Plotkin, University of Pennsylvania "...

November 2
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Northwestern Engineering's Dean's Seminar Series presents: The ...

November 3
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

WED@NICO SEMINAR: Cristian Huepe, Northwestern University "Online...

November 9
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

WED@NICO SEMINAR: Amanda Melin, University of Calgary "Plasticity...

November 16
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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