Council of Energy Research & Education Leaders

Upcoming Events
 April 15-16, 2013 | Washington, D.C.
 October 16-18, 2012 | University of California- Berkeley
May 7-8 | AAAS, Washington, DC

2011 Annual Program Conference
November 7-9, 2011 | Pittsburgh PA & Morgantown, WV


The Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL) is a multidisciplinary membership organization made up of heads of academic energy research and education centers, institutes, and programs. It provides the means for leaders in energy research, education, and communication to collaboratively use knowledge about energy to improve education, decision-making, and, more generally, the well-being of society.


Energy is the common link between the living and non-living realms of the universe, and thus it is an integrator across all fields in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, education, and research.  Virtually every discipline investigates some aspect of energy, including history, anthropology, public policy, international relations, human and ecosystem health, economics, technology, physics, geology, ecology, business management, environmental science, and engineering.  The concept of energy also is applicable at all levels of formal education and lifelong learning, and it includes many topics and tools that motivate successful learning.  Consumers are increasingly confronted with decisions about the cost and availability of different forms of household energy, while diverse groups in civil society organize around political, social, and environmental ramifications of the energy system.

Despite its overarching importance, there is no coherent field of energy studies; the scientific, engineering, economic, and sociological communities share no common energy journals, conferences, or identity.  There is a wealth of information about energy, but it is spread across many books, journals, websites, disciplines, ideologies, and user communities.

CEREL provides the means for leaders in energy research, education, and communication to collaboratively use knowledge about energy to improve education, decision-making, and, more generally, the well-being of society.


CEREL includes the full range of institutions, programs, people and perspectives that comprise the energy field.  In the academic arena this includes public and private institutions of every size and academic orientation, including education, research, and communication issues.

Membership is open to leaders of all college and university-based energy centers and programs as well as related research and education units that pay the membership fee. Institutions may have multiple representatives.

Role of NCSE

NCSE serves as the Secretariat for the Council. The group selects its own leadership and determines its own policies and activities. NCSE plays the roles of facilitator and service provider, but not decisionmaker, for the group. NCSE has a similar function with the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD), which NCSE helped form in 2001.

Please contact David Blockstein at NCSE with any questions or for additional information: or 202-207-0004.


Career Opportunities

Assistant/Associate Professor - Sustainability/Power/Energy RA #1375
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) School of Enginering and Computing Sciences. Assistant/Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering (one position). NYIT seeks anAssistant/Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, (one position, full-time tenure track; Old Westbury campus). Research areas of interest include Water Engineering, Energy, Power/Smart Grid. 
Candidates must have a Ph.D degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, or related area, excellent communication skills, and a solid publication record. Committment to teaching and research at the undergraduate and graduate levels is required. Candidates must demonstrate an innovative research record and/or industrial experience, and potential for securing sponsored research, contracts, and external grants. For consideration, please email your curriculum vitae, cover letter, and research and teaching statements to Successful candidates will share our vision to grow the School of Engineering and Computing Sciencesinto a leader in applied research and premier source of student talent in the New Yok Metropolitan Area and globally. Please reference job code RA #1375 in your subject line. NYIT is an AA/EEO institution.

Associate for Energy and Environmental Law and Policy

(LAW 13-0082)

West Virginia University Research Corporation

Morgantown, WV

The West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) seeks to hire an Associate for Energy and Environmental Law and Policy for a one year appointment with the WVU College of Law. The Incumbent will provide legal support for policy and legal research and writing, as well as assisting with organizing projects such as conferences and workshops, at the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development.

J.D from ABA-accredited law school; 2-4 years of experience in energy and environmental law or policy (or combination of education and experience). Member in good standing of any U.S. State Bar required.

Competitive salary and benefits package offered. For more information and in order to receive consideration for this position, applicants must apply at AA/EEO/E-verify compliant employer 



NCSE Research and Education Recommendations

December 18, 2008


The Obama Administration faces a daunting array of challenges. Underlying many of these
challenges is the continually deteriorating condition of the environment and natural resources that
sustain life on Earth. The challenges of ensuring a sustainable and secure future will not be met
in a single Administration.
David Blockstein and Cassandra Brunette

2 Land Stewardship Internship Positions, The Aldo Leopold Foundation

Start and End Date: 
December 6, 2012 - March 4, 2013
Application Deadline: 
January 4, 2013

The Aldo Leopold Foundation (ALF) is seeking individuals to fill two Land Stewardship Internship positions for February 2013 to November 2013. This is a unique opportunity to challenge and enhance one’s skills while being inspired through the legacy of Aldo Leopold. This position requires someone who is committed full-time for the duration of this timeframe.

Fellowships and Internships, the Santa Fe Institute

Start and End Date: 
December 6, 2012 - February 6, 2013

To unravel the complex systems most critical to our future — economies, ecosystems, conflict, disease, human social institutions — a new kind of science is required, one that merges the riches of many disciplines, from ph

Johnson Controls Endowed Professorship in Energy Storage Research, University of Wisconsin

Start and End Date: 
November 29, 2012 - March 22, 2013
Application Deadline: 
January 22, 2013
The University of Wisconsin invites applications for Johnson Controls Endowed Professorship in energy storage research in any relevant field of engineering or physical sciences. This endowed professorship results from a recent significant philanthropic support from Johnson Controls Inc.

Strategic Faculty Recruitment in Materials for Energy Production, Conversion, Storage and Utilization, The Florida State University

Start and End Date: 
November 29, 2012 - February 1, 2013
Application Deadline: 
December 1, 2012

The President and the Provost of the Florida State University are pleased to announce a major interdisciplinary initiative in the area of Energy and Materials with an initial focus on materials for energy production, conversion, storage and utilization. To launch this strategic effort as many as eight tenure-track/tenured faculty positions will be filled.

Request for Expert Science Reviews on Climate and Energy Educational Resources

November 29, 2012
Dear colleague,
Climate or Energy Scientist?  Please provide your expertise by reviewing short educational resources like videos, visualizations, lesson plans (review time about 15-40 min) for scientific accuracy.  The need for climate change educational materials that are scientifically and pedagogically rigorous is greater than ever before.  We are seeking science reviewer

Inter-organizational Sequester Letter – deadline to sign is Dec. 3

November 29, 2012

Below is a revised version of the draft inter-organizational sequester letter that was raised yesterday at the various coalition meetings.  We are asking for organizational names to sign on rather than CEO signatures, and we welcome professional societies, higher-education associations, and individual universities to sign on to the letter. The deadline for signing is December 3, 2012. Please share with your coalition lists.

Integrated Science Faculty, Virginia Tech

Start and End Date: 
November 15, 2012 - February 1, 2013
Application Deadline: 
December 1, 2012

As part of Virginia Tech's expanding presence in emerging interdisciplinary programs and degrees in nanoscience, neuroscience, and computational science, the College of Science seeks to fill tenure-track or tenured faculty positions to begin Fall 2013 at our Blacksburg, VA campus.

3 Internship Opportunities with the DOE Office of Science

Start and End Date: 
November 15, 2012 - March 10, 2013
Application Deadline: 
January 10, 2013

The Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) is now accepting applications for Summer 2013 research internships and fellowships hosted at the DOE Labs. These programs should be of particular interest to laboratory PIs, their university contacts, and collaborators.

The three programs providing internships or fellowships are:

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