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Strategic Energy and Environmental Informatics

Strategic Energy and Environmental Informatics: An Ohio Center of Excellence in Advanced Energy.

The Center for Strategic Energy and Environmental Informatics builds upon its extensive capabilities and develops large scale analysis tools for energy and environmental management:

  • Geospatial information systems
  • Air and water environmental impact analyses
  • Industrial and building energy informatics
  • Environmental remediation technology
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Our Investigators Present a Diversity of Knowledge.

Dr. Kelly Kissock, Director, Industrial Assessment Center and Renewable and Clean Energy Graduate Program

  • Chair and Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • 2003 DOE Center of Excellence Award
  • 2006 Ohio Governors Award for Energy Efficiency
  • Midwest Governors’ Energy Efficiency Advisory Group
  • Over 80 peer-reviewed publications

Dr. Sukh Sidhu, Group Lead, Sustainable Environmental Technologies Research Group

  • George Noland Researcher of the Year 2003 (Sigma Xi)
  • Invited lecturer nationally and internationally
  • Organizer and co-chair (since 2000) of the International F.W. Karasek Conference on Organic Pollutants from Fuel/Waste Combustion
  • Over 60 peer-reviewed publications

Dr. Phil Taylor, Group Lead, Environmental Engineering Research Group

  • Internationally recognized expert in emissions from thermal disposal of hazardous wastes
  • Invited lecturer nationally and internationally
  • EPA STAR Award in 1991 and 1993
  • Program chairman of International Congress on Combustion By-products in 1997
  • Over 200 peer-reviewed publications

Dr. Robert Brecha, Coordinator, Sustainability, Energy and the Environment Initiative

  • Professor, Department of Physics and Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Renewable and Clean Energy Graduate Program
  • Visiting scientist, Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics and University of Munich
  • Visiting scientist, European Laboratory for Nonlinear Optics, Florence, Italy
  • Visiting scientist, National Institute for Applied Optics (INOA), Art Diagnostics Group, Florence, Italy
  • Visiting scientist, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • Over 40 peer-reviewed publications
Dr. Kevin Hallinan, Director, Building Energy Center
  • Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Over 80 peer-reviewed publications 
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Our Laboratories and Collaborative Efforts Offer World-Class Capabilities.

Department of Energy sponsored Industrial Assessment Center
  • 30-year continuous funding
  • Savings to Ohio manufacturers of over $500M during the past 15 years
  • Research supports companies such as Ford Motor Company, Cargill, Delphi, Corning, Johns Manville, Scotts, as well as the California State University System and many of the nation’s largest companies
Environmental Engineering Capabilities
  • Automated laboratory for evaluating emissions from waste-to-energy technologies
  • Thermal decomposition/gasification studies of new biomass materials
  • Life cycle analysis of greenhouse gases produced from new technologies for production of transportation fuels
  • Analytical support for environmental impact studies of substitution of renewable synthetic fuels for petroleum-based fuels
  • Analytical support for studies of coal/biomass to liquid technologies for production of synthetic transportation fuels
Sustainable Environmental Technologies Research Group
  • COsequestration technologies — algae, cryo cell, etc.
  • Development of carbon neutral fuels;  research in biomass fermentation and catalytic pyrolysis of biomass feedstock
  • Evaluation of carbon footprint of facilities and development of strategies for reduction of carbon footprint (land management, process changes, increase in energy efficiency, etc.)
  • Evaluation and development of alternate non-hydrocarbon fuel-based energy generation technologies waste to energy technologies — plastic waste to fuel, municipal waste to electricity/steam generation
  • Life cycle analysis of environmental and economic impacts of energy production
Carbon Sequestration and Bio Fuel Laboratory
  • Two 2500 liter photo bioreactors that are being used to investigate the use of microalgae for sequestering CO2
  • Clean room for storage and transfer of algal cultures, measurement of algal growth, and CO2 fixation rates
Emissions Research Laboratory
  • Internationally recognized capability for evaluating the environmental impact of converting wastes to energy
  • Nation’s only fully automated laboratory-scale apparatus with waste feed system, steady-state fuel injection and state-of-the-art continuous emissions analysis capabilities
  • Multiple EPA STAR awards for developing unique research tools
  • Sustainable Energy Ireland
  • AlgaeLink, Netherlands
  • Algae growth and harvesting:  University of Seville, University of Almeria and University of Alicante, Spain
  • Thermochemical treatment of algae to generate oil:  Seambiotics Ltd., Tel Aviv, Israel
  • GIS based carbon foot printing: University of Oslo and European Environmental Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Waste to fuel:  EnvoSmart Technologies, Netherlands; Ozmotech Technologies, Australia; ALPHAKAT, Germany
  • Climate change and economics:  Potsdam Institute for Climate Change Impact Research 
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Undergraduate and Graduate Programs are Integrated, Sustainable, and International.

Graduate Programs
  • Ph.D. degrees in mechanical, chemical or materials engineering with energy systems emphasis
  • One of two Master's programs in Renewable and Clean Energy in the U.S.; jointly established with Wright State University in collaboration with the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
Integrated Sustainable Engineering Undergraduate Engineering Programs
  • Established undergraduate program featuring sustainable engineering throughout most engineering courses
  • Energy systems concentration responsible for increasing enrollment
Design and Innovation Clinic
  • More than 40 sponsored projects for Ohio industries oriented toward sustainable energy annually
NSF Sustainable Engineering Scholars Program
  • $750K over 5 years
  • Need-based undergraduate scholarships for women and minority students
Climate Change Impact of Fuels Conference
  • Hosted by the University of Dayton, October 2009
International Appropriate Technology
  • ETHOS: 25-30 international internships in sustainable energy in Latin and South America, Africa, and Asia
K-14 Connections
  • Strong connection to Dayton Regional Stem Center, Sinclair Community College Energy Program and Dayton Early Academy 
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10 Percent Reduction in Energy Use would Save Ohio $3.8 Billion a Year.

  • Ohio’s energy intensity is the 4th highest among all states.
  • Manufacturing, an Ohio strength, is more energy intensive than most economic sectors.
  • Ohio carbon emissions are among the highest in the U.S.
  • Strategic statewide energy and climate impact reduction for EVERY building, residence, and manufacturer in Ohio will be important for maintaining and growing Ohio’s economic base.
  • Strategic CO2 mitigation will be important for maintaining and growing Ohio’s economic base.
  • A 10 percent reduction in energy use would save Ohio $3.8B per year.
  • Established partnerships with Ohio-based companies will leverage the University of Dayton's developed technologies to provide unique energy management services nationwide and internationally.
  • The U.S. will likely impose a carbon tracking system and possibly even a carbon tax.
    • Energy costs, especially those associated with large carbon footprint sources such as coal-fired electricity plants, would rise.
    • Individual industries or even companies could become regulated based on their carbon footprint.
    • Ohio could become disadvantaged because of its reliance on manufacturing, coal-derived electricity and strong need for space heating and cooling.
    • U.S. economic competitiveness relies on low-cost energy.
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Our Strategy: Education and Research in Multidisciplinary Areas.

Energy and carbon management are vital to the nation’s competitiveness and security, which will require substantial research to achieve. The University of Dayton's combined long-term, well-established strengths in energy and environment will focus on future research needs in sustainable energy.

  • Growth plans include:
    • Development of online Master's in renewable and clean energy (considerable international interest)
    • Long-term plan to develop doctoral-level energy and climate informatics curriculum
    • Planned chaired professor in strategic energy management
  • Recent investments include:
    • 3000 sq. ft. lab devoted to CO2 capture and reuse
    • Hiring of algae fuels expert
    • Hiring of new faculty (geothermal energy, heating and cooling)
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Connect with Our Ohio Center of Excellence: Strategic Energy and Environmental Informatics.

Dr. Kelly Kissock
Director, Industrial Assessment Center

Dr. Sukh Sidhu
Group Lead, Sustainable Environmental Technologies Research

Dr. Phil Taylor
Group Lead, Environmental Engineering 

Dr. Kevin Hallinan
Director, Renewable and Clean Energy Graduate Program and Building Energy Center

Dr. Robert Brecha
Coordinator, Sustainability, Energy and the Environment Initiative

Strategic Energy and Environmental Informatics

University of Dayton
School of Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-0238

Phone: 937-229-2852
Fax:     937-229-4766