New Director to Lead Lugar Center for Renewable Energy at IUPUI

August 26, 2011

Dr. Peter Schubert brings extensive industry and research expertise to Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (August 18, 2011) – As the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy at IUPUI continues to confront America’s urgent need for clean, affordable and renewable energy sources to improve our nation’s energy security, the Center is appointing Dr. Peter J. Schubert its new Director to lead this charge. Effective September 13, 2011, Dr. Schubert will bring over 25 years of industry experience and energy-related research, with sponsors such as the USDA, DOE, DOD and NASA, to the Lugar Center as it addresses pressing energy issues facing Americans in an increasingly-volatile global climate.

“Energy independence is vital to our country’s continued geopolitical and economic success,” explains Dr. David Russomanno, Dean of IUPUI’s Purdue School of Engineering and Technology where the Lugar Center is housed. “Dr. Schubert is the ideal person to further the work of the Richard G. Lugar Center as it helps the nation advance alternative energy research and development. We are thrilled he’ll be joining us, and believe it will serve the city and state well to have his talent at work in our School.”

The Lugar Center was established in 2007 to accelerate renewable energy advancements through research, public outreach and education, civic engagement and synergistic partnerships with industry, government labs and local communities.

“The question we all need to be asking is, ‘What can we do right now to pave the way for a future of energy independence, good climate stewardship and continued economic growth?’” explains Schubert. “A truly sustainable portfolio of renewable energy technologies requires a wide range of integrated systems – there is no single solution. We need a comprehensive, local-global renewable energy system that can be realized in our lifetimes. With the resources, connections and talent available in Indianapolis, I believe all of this can begin right here. And IUPUI plays a big part.”

Fuel cells, renewable hydrogen, bio-fuel production and application, advanced battery storage and safety, plug-in and hybrid electric vehicles and solar energy are among the topics currently being investigated by researchers at the Lugar Center. Through the Center, other groups like the Policy, Law and Economics Working Group also delve into the political, economic and business issues necessary to develop, advance, and sustain alternative energies.

For more information, visit the Lugar Center’s website at http://lugarenergycenter.iupui.edu/.

About the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy:
The Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy was established to address the urgent societal needs for clean, affordable and renewable energy sources, improve the nation’s energy security and reduce the negative impacts of climate change. Its primary mission is to promote research excellence in the area of renewable energy through collaborative efforts among faculty in the disciplines of engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, public policy and environmental affairs. It will promote renewable energy applications through teaching, learning, civic engagement and synergistic partnerships with industry, government labs and local communities.  Visit http://www.engr.iupui.edu/research/lugar/ to find out more.

About the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI:
The mission of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI is to be one of the best urban university leaders in the disciplines of engineering and technology recognized locally, nationally and internationally. The school’s goal is to provide students an education that will give them the leverage to be leaders in their communities, industry and society. For additional information on the School of Engineering & Technology, go to http://www.engr.iupui.edu.

 


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