The Energy Research Council (ERC) web site, featuring a comprehensive overview of energy initiatives on campus, launches today (web.mit.edu/erc/).
In addition to posting continually updated listings of energy news and upcoming campus events, the site will spotlight individuals' research in a variety of energy-related fields; list student groups and laboratories involved in energy research; describe campus initiatives geared toward making MIT more energy efficient; provide links to local and global energy news coverage featuring MIT faculty and staff; and present energy "factoids."
The site links to EnergyClasses, a web-based tool that identifies MIT classes that revolve around or include energy research, policy or technology in their curricula (energyclasses.mit.edu). Eventually, the education section of the ERC web site will include descriptions of available energy-related Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program projects and potential funding available for student energy research.
The research section of the web site highlights the considerable depth and breadth of Institute initiatives by dividing the work of the hundred-plus MIT faculty members involved in energy research into four searchable categories: "Where it comes from," "Making it available," "Better ways to use it" and "Impact on people and the planet."
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 3, 2006 (download PDF).