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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    Maya Prica

    Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering

    Integrates distributed energy resources and explores their impact on the planning, operation and protection of transmission and distribution systems

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    Steve Hostler

    Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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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

    Professor, Civil Engineering

    Designs and improves resilient buildings and infrastructure

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    Kenneth Loparo

    Nord Professor of Engineering
    Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering
    Faculty Director, Institute for Smart, Secure and Connected Systems

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

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    Soumyajit Mandal

    Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    Researches integrated circuits and systems, sensor physics, biomedical and bio-inspired electronics, measurement and instrumentation

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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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    Brian Maxwell

    Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Develop next-generation propulsion systems and develop advanced theory of supersonic and reactive systems

Energy Storage

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    Rohan Akolkar

    F. Alex Nason Chair and Ohio Eminent Scholar for Advanced Energy Research
    Professor, Chemical Engineering

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

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    Liming Dai

    Kent Hale Smith Professor of Engineering

    Develops and functionalizes polymeric and carbon nanomaterials for energy applications

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    Burcu Gurkan

    Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

    Designs, develops and investigates ionic liquid based electrochemical systems for energy, environmental sciences and sensors

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    Vikas Prakash

    Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Investigates dynamic behavior of materials at thermo-mechanical extremes.

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    Julie Renner

    Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

    Works at the interface of protein engineering and electrochemistry to enable a new generation of advanced technologies

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    Bob 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

    Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Researches manufacturing science and sustainability performance of lithium-ion batteries, solar cells and nanotechnologies

Solar and Energy Data Science

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    Roger French

    Kyocera Professor
    Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
    Director, SDLE Research Center

    Applies data science and analytics to energy and materials science research problems

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    Laura Bruckman

    Research Associate Professor and Research Adjunct 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

    Assistant 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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    Rigoberto Advincula

    Explores polymer material nanostructure to discover new phenomena and functionality

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    YeongAe Heo

    Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

    Promotes the resilience of structural systems and communities against natural and man-made hazards

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    Mark De Guire

    Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

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

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    David Schiraldi

    Peter A. Asseff, PhD, Professor of Organic Chemistry
    Professor, 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 advanced materials to enable radiochemical separations for nuclear forensics and human health

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    Mike Hore

    Assistant 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