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Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience

Engineering a sustainable future through interdisciplinary research and education

Seed Funding 2020-21

Round 2 CESR Seed Funding Awarded

2020 Seed Funding Awards announced to support innovative, high-risk, and/or enabling collaborative research to enhance engineering sustainability and resilience. Four interdisciplinary teams of faculty members have been awarded $60,000 each to support 18-month collaborative research projects. All four projects represent new collaborations among the faculty members and provide support for graduate student(s) and/or postdoctoral fellow(s). Results from these projects will be presented at a Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience poster session in spring 2022 and will provide preliminary data to support proposals for funding from federal agencies, foundations and/or industry.

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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