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 



School of Science Lecturer I/II, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Start and End Date: 
November 15, 2012 - February 28, 2013
Application Deadline: 
December 31, 2012

The School of Science has opening(s) of Lecturer I/II in the Environmental Science Programs [ENVS].

The Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility

November 8, 2012

2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility: "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work."

2012 marks a Graduation Pledge Alliance milestone. To celebrate, we are:

Jefferson Science Fellowship

Start and End Date: 
November 1, 2012 - March 14, 2013
Application Deadline: 
January 14, 2013

The National Academies is pleased to announce a call for nominations and applications for the 2013 Jefferson Science Fellows program. Initiated by the Secretary of State in 2003, this fellowship program engages the American academic science, technology, engineering and medical communities in the design and implementation of U.S.

The Ohio State University Team Uses Campus as Test Bed to Seek Ecological Synergies

October 25, 2012

Ohio State is investing in a scientific study to improve the efficiency and sustainability of campus operations by working in harmony with the surrounding ecosystems.

Professional Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering at UCLA

October 11, 2012

UCLA's innovative professional doctorate program in Environmental Science and Engineering Program (ESE) provides practical education for tomorrow's environmental problem solvers.

Recruitment of Global Talents, Nanjing University

Start and End Date: 
October 11, 2012 - December 11, 2012

A key comprehensive university dating from 1902 in China under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education, NJU was among the first group of universities in the "Project 211" and "Project 985". NJU boasts a highly qualified and experienced team of faculty.

Ohio State to power campus with wind energy from Ohio wind farm

September 30, 2012

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State University today announced it has signed a letter of intent with Iberdrola Renewables to purchase 50 megawatts (MW) of wind energy capacity from the Blue Creek Wind Farm, located in Van Wert and Paulding counties in Ohio. The purchase of clean, renewable wind energy capacity equates to approximately 25 percent of the entire Columbus campus electricity load, and is one of the single largest purchases of actual renewable energy by any university in the country.

Director, Berkeley Energy & Climate Institute, UC Berkeley

Start and End Date: 
September 28, 2012 - February 3, 2013
Application Deadline: 
December 3, 2012

The University of California, Berkeley is poised to take its leadership role addressing energy and climate challenges to a new level, to catalyze a sustainable future through innovation and education for responsible stewardship of the planet through the Berkeley Energy & Climate Institute (BECI).

Position in Sustainable Energy Solutions, Aalto University

Start and End Date: 
September 28, 2012 - January 15, 2013
Application Deadline: 
November 15, 2012

The professor is expected to play a strong role in the multidisciplinary research and teaching activities relevant for sustainable and efficient energy solutions, and lead the recently started university-wide research programme (AEF).

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