About Us

Catalyzing breakthroughs in energy sustainability that address the most pressing problems facing our world by empowering our faculty, students, and partners.

Founded in 2008, the Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI) is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to catalyzing breakthroughs in energy sustainability that address the most pressing problems facing our world.  Located in Cleveland, Ohio and housed within the Case School of Engineering, we empower our faculty, students and partners to expand knowledge, deepen understanding, and create innovative and sustainable energy solutions. Learn more about our research and platforms.

Research is at the heart of our work at Case Western Reserve University. Our faculty, staff and students are driven to expand knowledge, deepen understanding and contribute to the well-being of society. We consistently rank in the top 20 private research institutions. In 2013-2014, Case Western Reserve received more than $310 million to fund 1,600 projects. 

Creating sustainable energy solutions is unlike any challenge our society has ever faced. The ramifications reach into every aspect of our lives, from international relations and economic development to ecological wellness. 

To meet this challenge, we need innovative approaches to research across a broad range of disciplines. Case Western Reserve and the Great Lakes Energy Institute helps foster a collaborative, translational research model that more rapidly filters innovative ideas and integrates them into the marketplace.



  • Attracting over $70 million in energy funding
  • Delivering 40-50% win rate in energy-related proposals
  • Leading significant ARPA-E and DOE awards
  • Attracting $6 for every $1 spend on operations
  • Driving breakthroughs in:
    • Iron-based flow battery
    • Self-powered building sensor
    • Rare-earth substitute for magnets
    • Plasma-injector for turbines
    • Solar performance insight
    • Energy dashboard for grid
    • Lightweight, reliable capacitor

Contact and Staff Listing

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    Grant Goodrich

    Executive Director,

    As GLEI's Executive Director, Grant is responsible for CWRU's engagement strategy with the U.S. Department of Energy and DOE's National Laboratories as well as cultivating additional institutional partnerships. He also leads GLEI's service support to affiliated faculty and runs GLEI's faculty sponsorship program. Additionally, he is responsible for GLEI's research and administrative funding strategy, goals, operations, staff business processes, marketing and strategic communications. Finally, he works closely with the GLEI Advisory Board to shape and advise energy-related research initiatives at CWRU.

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    Rohan Akolkar

    Milton and Tamar Maltz Professorship in Energy Innovation at the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation
    Professor, Chemical Engineering
    Director, Electrochemical Materials Fabrication (EMF) Laboratory

    Develops new electrochemical processes for applications including nano-material fabrication, energy storage, electrometallurgy and sensors

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    Mark Haberbusch

    Director of Programs,

    Provides leadership, management, and direction to programs supported by the Great Lakes Energy Institute.

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    Kim Fleddermann

    Business Development & Commercialization Manager,

    Advance clean energy technology development through networking with industry.

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    Sarah Ferguson

    Proposal Manager,

    Supports proposal development from concept to final submission through the design, creation, and review of proposal documents in coordination with CWRU research administration staff. Supports research development by identifying faculty research interests and matching them to funding resources from federal and state agencies, foundations, and other sponsors.

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    Lisa Kelly

    Department Assistant,

    Supports program, financial and administrative functions of the Great Lakes Energy Institute.

Mailing Address:
10900 Euclid Avenue
Olin 305
Cleveland, OH 44106

Parking Address:
2158 Adelbert Road
Veale Parking Garage
Cleveland, OH 44106