University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Energy is a university-wide endeavor that
leverages the energy-related expertise of approximately 100 faculty members
across campus from multiple disciplines and departments among the Swanson
School of Engineering, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Law School,
Business School and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
2008, the Center is a unifying entity for faculty members to collaborate with
each other, regional energy industry leaders, government agencies, and the
community to address the many challenges and opportunities associated with the
generation, transmission, and utilization of energy. The Center is ideally situated to accomplish
this mission, given the Pittsburgh region’s abundant natural resources and
leadership in the development of clean energy technologies and energy
infrastructure, the presence of leading global energy companies, and engaged
community and government constituents.
The Center serves as an easily accessible entry point for industry in
identifying energy-related research and educational expertise, forming
partnerships and collaborations, and participating in various energy programs
at the University and throughout the community.
In 2012, the Center for Energy was awarded a $22 million grant from the
Richard King Mellon Foundation to further advance the University’s energy
capabilities. The RK Mellon funding
supports four endowed faculty positions; endowed graduate student fellowships; equipment, infrastructure and laboratories;
commercialization activities; program management and outreach; and planning
activities for future growth.
As the Center
for Energy continues to advance, along with the development of the Pittsburgh
region’s energy nexus, it has achieved a strong track record of attracting and
training high-quality undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral
researchers, visiting scientists, and faculty, all of whom are important
elements to evolving and sustaining the Center as an internationally prominent
A defining characteristic of the Center is its success in working
closely with the concentration of energy-related industry and community
organizations in the region. The next
step in the maturation and expansion of the Center will be in taking this model
nationwide and across the globe. To that end, the Center serves as an easily
accessible entry point for external constituents in identifying energy-related
research and education expertise, forming collaborations, and participating in
activities at the University.