Issue: Spring 2012


MIT's energy initiative reaches a milestone.

A Letter from the President
MIT's energy initiative

MIT's energy initiative reaches a milestone.

Energy for the Future
Since the creation of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) five years ago, the world’s energy landscape has changed.

Trickle Down Effect
Ruben Juanes’ work has profound implications for carbon sequestration, which can help prevent global warming.

Going With the Flow
Michael Triantafyllou says that as oil and gas companies operate in deep waters, under-water robots are essential to the world’s energy supply.

The Economics of Energy
A major part of Christopher Knittel’s attention-getting research focuses on the economics of transportation policy.

The Future of Natural Gas
Henry Jacoby co-leads a key study on natural gas, a fuel that has become the largest U.S. energy story in decades.

The Energy-Water Nexus
John Lienhard examines the energy footprint of water, while Ahmed Ghoniem examines the water footprint of energy.

Biofuel in the Pipeline
Kristala Prather is designing a better biofuel — one that’s closer to the octane of gasoline.

Solar Cells on Paper
Karen Gleason develops a low-cost, environmentally friendly way to make solar cells on tracing paper, which one day might charge a cell phone.

Power From Nature
Marc Baldo and Jeffrey Grossman say that if it weren’t for MIT’s Energy Initiative, they wouldn’t have federal support.

Why We Give
Donor gifts to the MIT Energy Initiative help transform the Institute and the world.

Building Wise
John Ochsendorf is designing zero-energy buildings for the world.

Cookstoves and Biomass
A research supergroup studies the health consequences of energy consumption in India.

An Energy Education
MIT students Kwabena Bediako and Lucy Fan are now contributing to the world’s energy future.

Campus Energy Effort Saves Millions
Campus energy efforts save MIT $3.5M this year, and reduce energy use by five percent.

Carbon-Capturing Enzymes
Catherine Drennan says it might one day be possible for enzymes to convert some of energy’s waste products into energy.

Kripa Varanasi’s tough new nano-engineered surfaces and coatings could make energy systems more efficient.

The Power Generation
Caleb Waugh, co-president of MIT’s Energy Club and a doctoral student in nuclear science and engineering, says that energy is the defining challenge of this generation.