Affiliated Faculty

Great Lakes Energy Institute partners with faculty across Case Western Reserve University to promote energy-related research on campus. Through their research the following faculty work to catalyze breakthroughs and improve understanding of the way energy is harvested, distributed and used. 

Future Power

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    Steve Hostler

    Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Develops and characterizes novel thermal management materials

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    Pan Li

    Associate Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering

    Investigates big data computing and analytics, security and privacy, and their applications in complex systems and networks

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    Yue Li

    Leonard Case, Jr. Professorship in Engineering
    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Designs and improves resilient buildings and infrastructure

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    Kenneth Loparo

    Arthur L. Parker Professor
    Professor Emeritus, Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering
    Co-Director, Internet of Things Collaborative (IOTC)

    Develop real-time data analytics and control algorithms for industrial, energy and physiological systems

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    Chirag Kharangate

    Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Explores energy, thermal management of electronics and computational fluid dynamics

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    Hossein Lavasani

    Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering

    Electronics and Micro/Nano systems systems

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    Hossein Lavasani

    Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering

    Electronics and Micro/Nano systems systems

Energy Storage

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    Rohan Akolkar

    Milton and Tamar Maltz Professor of Energy Innovation
    Chief Scientist (Joint Appointmet), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    Professor, Chemical Engineering
    Director, Electronic Design Center (EDC)

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

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    Burcu Gurkan

    Professor, Chemical Engineering

    Designs and studies ionic liquid and eutectic solvents for applications in separations, carbon dioxide capture and electrochemical conversion, and energy storage

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    Julie Renner

    Dean's Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    Climo Associate Professor
    Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

    Develops biomolecular platforms to control solid-liquid interfaces and enable a new generation of advanced technologies

    Publications: https://case.edu/engineering/labs/renner/publications

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    Robert Savinell

    George S. Dively Professor in Engineering
    Distinguished University Professor
    Professor, Chemical Engineering

    Develops high-performance electrochemical energy conversion and storage technologies through fundamental and applied studies of interfacial and transport processes

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    Alp Sehirlioglu

    Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

    Develops new materials through exploitation of interfaces to control functionality and exploration of multi-functionality for energy-related applications

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    Chris Yingchun Yuan

    Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Engineering
    Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Researches design, manufacturing and sustainability science of lithium ion batteries, solar cells and nanotechnologies.

Solar and Energy Data Science

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    Laura Bruckman

    Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

    Develops predictive lifetime models for materials degradation related to stress conditions and induced degradation mechanisms evaluated by quantitative spectroscopic characterization of materials

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    Jennifer Carter

    Faculty Director, SCSAM
    Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

    deformation mechanisms of metals and metal-matrix composites; fatigue, fracture, and creep; failure analysis; electron microscopy; 3D microscopy; novel methodologies for multi-scale material characterization; data science and analytics; open science

Wind

Oil & Gas

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    Mark De Guire

    Associate Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering

    Analyzes performance of ceramics in energy applications, including fuel cells and oxygen transport membranes

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    David Schiraldi

    Professor Emeritus, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

    Develops bio-based, flame-retarded plastics, polymer aerogels and packaging materials; and studies properties of polyesters

Cross-Cutting Energy Research

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    Christine Duval

    Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

    Develops separation materials and processes to benefit nuclear medicine, environmental protection, and nuclear waste recycling and remediation.

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    Michael Hore

    Warren E. Rupp Associate Professor
    Associate Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

    Combines experiments, theory and simulation to study fundamental problems in the polymer physics of grafted and non-linear polymers

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    Jonathan Adler

    Teaches courses in environmental, administrative and constitutional law.

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    Peter Yang

    Associate Professor, Research & Service in German and Chinese Studies

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    Valentin Rodionov

    Assistant Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

    Investigates catalysis with soft materials: catalytic surfactants and polymers; complex macromolecular architectures for bio-inspired catalysis; and ligand-mediated nanocatalysis