Carnegie Mellon University

University Energy Institute Collaborative

The University Energy Institute Collaborative (UEIC) was launched in September 2019 by the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University and Colorado School of Mines' Payne Institute for Public Policy. The University Energy Institute Leadership Summit drew 101 leaders representing more than 67 academic energy institutes and centers from 32 states across the U.S. to the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The summit was part of a research study to explore opportunities for collaboration among U.S. university energy institutes.

Our research seeks to answer the following questions:

  1. Do institutes share common focuses? If so, to what extent can these similarities and complementary strengths be leveraged to pursue common goals?
  2. What are the desired outcome(s) or product(s) of a network? What is the current and potential future role of energy institutes in higher education?
  3. What benefits and challenges would energy institutes encounter in joining an organized network? Would stakeholders be willing to interact with a hypothetical, future network and, if so, in what ways? Finally, how should a hypothetical, future network be governed and administered? How should a network function? How could it be funded sustainably?


Research Team

Michael Whiston

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Engineering & Public Policy Department

Anna J. Siefken

Executive Director
Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

Morgan D. Bazilian

Director; Professor
Payne Institute for Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines

Jay F. Whitacre

Director; Trustee Professor in Energy
Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

This research is supported by:

sloan foundation